Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

  • Mark Costello had spoken about need for better mental health care in Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    At an April state Capitol gathering, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello told advocates they help others understand that when Oklahomans see people in need "we are looking to the image and likeness of Christ and that we must be humane.

  • Join us for a conversation about autism insurance mandate in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    This past week, I wrote a story about a Tulsa family that plans to move to Texas at the end of the year to better ensure they can get health insurance to cover therapy for their 3-year-old son with autism.  Under Texas law, health insurance companies must cover applied behavior analysis for children with autism. But Oklahoma law does not mandate that same type of care be covered. On Monday at 3 p.m., we will host a Google Hangout on NewsOK to discuss the debate around mandating insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis and other therapies for children with autism. There are a wide range of viewpoints, and we plan to explore those.  We will have a chat feature with our Hangout, and

  • When the HeartLine phone rings in Oklahoma, someone is always ready to help

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The HeartLine call center is in a small room in an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit where specialists answer the phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help Oklahomans in need.

  • This is what a decade of drug overdose in Oklahoma looks like

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Over the past decade, Oklahoma has seen a dramatic increase in the number of residents who have died from prescription drug overdose, especially overdoses that involve opioids, powerful painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Unintentional poisoning death rates more than doubled in the United States from 1999 to 2012 and increased nearly fivefold in Oklahoma during the same period.  The chart below, which you can find here also, shows how the types of drugs that have killed Oklahomans have evolved over the past 10 years. You can read more about prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma by visiting our Addicted Oklahoma coverage page.

  • Oklahomans with disabilities say finding affordable housing is a challenge

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Under the Fair Housing Act, a landlord is required to make “reasonable modifications” for a tenant with disabilities. Those modifications are defined as “a structural change made to existing premises, occupied or to be occupied by a person with a disability, in order to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises.”

  • Without an insurance mandate in Oklahoma, family is moving to Texas to ensure son with autism continues to get treatment

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    The McAdamses of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, have run into a challenge that other Oklahoma families of children with autism face: Applied behavior analysis is not covered by most health insurance providers.

  • Physicians should use state prescription drug monitoring programs, medical association says

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Dr. Patrice A. Harris said in the coming year the association’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse will recommend several evidence-based solutions — solutions based on a combination of scientific evidence, clinical expertise and patient needs.

  • Neighborhood Services Organization gives homeless Oklahomans dental care

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Neighborhood Services Organization is a 95-year-old nonprofit that serves at-risk and homeless people in Oklahoma City. Organization President Stacey Ninness said the group offers dental care, rent assistance and apartments for homeless Oklahomans.

  • Prescription drug abuse continues to plague Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    In the coming months, physicians who see some of Oklahoma's poorest residents will begin to receive training on how to properly prescribe frequently abused painkillers and anti-anxiety medications.

  • Midwest City jail diversion program focuses on helping people with mental illnesses, addiction find new lives

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    People booked into Midwest City's jail are being screened to see if they could be helped in ways that might reduce chances they will be arrested again.The program, funded by both local and state dollars, screens arrested people for mental health and substance abuse issues.

  • Report says Oklahoma lags behind in cancer prevention policies

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network gave Oklahoma poor marks in its yearly report on what states are doing with evidence-based policymaking to prevent cancer.

  • 'A single infant death is too many': State sees drop in mortality rate among minority children but disparity remains

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Although Oklahoma's infant mortality rate has dropped in minority populations, the state's numbers still remain above the national average.

  • Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Sometimes Dr. Timothy Newton wishes he had a “phone-a-friend” option. The 32-year-old family practice physician works out of a clinic in Cherokee, a northwest Oklahoma town of about 1,600 people. About one-fifth of the children that he sees have a mental health issue, whether it be depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety or a mixture of all three. Newton wants, at times, to pick up the phone and call a child and adolescent psychiatrist for advice on a prescription, but that’s not yet an option in Oklahoma. “The hardest thing is when I get to a point where I feel uncomfortable giving kids heavier doses of medications or changing medications multiple times,” Newton said.

  • Public health director remembers time without vaccine programs

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ALTUS — A little more than 60 years ago, Karen Weaver lay in a hospital bed in the basement of the Jackson County hospital, suffering from measles. The vaccine wouldn’t be available in the United States for another 10 years. Memories of these now-preventable diseases stay fresh on Weaver’s mind. That hospital trip. The time her sister almost died from meningitis. The children in her school suffering from polio. “When you’ve lived in that era, the ’50s and ’60s, when we didn’t have vaccines, and you saw so many really ill children … it gives you a real passion for, ‘Yes, I want the vaccine,’ when you’re that close to it,” Weaver, 67, said.

  • VA hears from metro-area advocates on ways to serve American Indians in need

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Veterans, tribal leaders and health care providers discussed how to better serve homeless American Indian veterans and other topics at the Southern Plains Region Veterans Training Summit in Norman.

  • OU-trained professor hopes engineering, sciences become more diverse

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Pamela McCauley, professor and director of the ergonomics laboratory at the University of Central Florida, was the first black woman to earn a doctorate in engineering at the University of Oklahoma. It was 1993.

  • Oklahoma medical board revokes license of Roland doctor after at least four patient deaths

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma medical board's complaint came as a result of Dr. George B. Howell's work at the Wellness Clinic in Roland, a small town along Interstate 40 near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.

  • West Nile sickens Johnston County resident

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove The Oklahoman jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A Johnston County residents contracts the West Nile virus.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 2 in U.S. for heart disease deaths

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma has the second highest rate in the nation of residents dying from heart disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.  The state saw 228 deaths per 100,000 people. Only Mississippi had a higher rate, with 240 heart disease deaths per 100,000 people.  In 2013, a total of 9,721 Oklahoma residents died because of heart disease.  In January, Gov. Mary Fallin highlighted in her inaugural address how serious this issue is in Oklahoma: One of the big indicators of overall health - because it is so closely linked to smoking, obesity, and nutrition - is prevalence of heart disease. Let's set an aggressive goal: to reduce heart disease deaths in Oklahoma by 25

  • Access to summer nutrition programs can affect children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma's summer nutrition program for children who get free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year has grown, but doesn't match the need, said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:07 AM @stevelackmeyer So sorry. I was in southeast Oklahoma celebrating Thanksgiving and didn't have a good signal.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 25 2015 02:35:36 PM CST “Today, more than 400,000 people — one in every 16 Eritreans — have fled the country.” — @Eric_Reidy https://t.co/w4pmEH8FY8
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 10:30:27 PM CST The end of a food desert in southeast Oklahoma https://t.co/7pOFoZOXT0
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 07:30:29 PM CST A day spent at Oklahoma City's medical detox center https://t.co/1Cifa8Pz5C
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 04:27:23 PM CST I love all the "safety tips" emails pitched this time of year. In short, make good choices, guys, and try not to blow up your turkey fryer.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 04:19:29 PM CST Oklahoma's youth drug overdose death rate has tripled over the past decade https://t.co/PseyiJyZ4J
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 04:19:01 PM CST RT @AHCJ_Pia: "There isn’t even a word for cancer in Navajo." https://t.co/QnY6RNiUYm
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 02:45:23 PM CST RT @KanyaDalmeida: #DanielHoltzclaw trial continues today.Follow @SchwabKyle for live tweets from courtroom. @NewsOK recap of Monday: https
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 02:44:15 PM CST RT @NirajC: Liberia has first Ebola death since being deemed free of the disease in September. https://t.co/Ct3zDH4jMY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 24 2015 02:41:05 PM CST We're only 23 people from 1,000 members in Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL Join us!
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Nov. 23 2015 10:37:16 PM CST @OKStateKD Oh, that is solid
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Nov. 23 2015 10:37:04 PM CST @zachtgray I hope so!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Nov. 23 2015 09:13:03 PM CST Very excited about having a niece! https://t.co/ATUJiGHAAq
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Nov. 23 2015 04:15:40 PM CST @OklaStina I'm just going to leave this here: https://t.co/HIuaeBXRWO