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.


  • Whooping cough cases rising in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa County

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of residents sickened by vaccine-preventable diseases, state health officials said at this months’s state Board of Health meeting. For example, since 2004, Oklahoma has seen an increasing number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Tulsa County saw a high rate of pertussis in 2010 — almost […]

  • More Oklahoma parents opt out of vaccinating their children

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Over the past 10 years, Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for philosophical or personal reasons. In 2004, .35 percent of children were exempted from vaccinations because of philosophical reasons. In 2013, that number had risen to about .95 percent, according to health department data.

  • Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive recommended childhood vaccines

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive the full dosages of recommended childhood vaccines, according to officials at the state Health Department. This is not enough coverage to attain community immunity, or “herd immunity,” for contagious diseases, a concern that Toni Frioux, deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness at the state Health Department, voiced at this […]

  • 68 Oklahomans confirmed dead from flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Since late September, 68 Oklahoma residents have been confirmed to have died from flu-related complications, the state Health Department reported Thursday morning.

  • Advocate touts plan to house Oklahoma City's homeless

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Sam Tsemberis, a New York-based homeless advocate, recently came to Oklahoma to explain how leaders could implement strategies to help the chronically homeless.

  • Fallin: 'Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Thousands of Oklahomans die each year from preventable causes — and it’s time to change that. That was one of the messages conveyed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address Monday at the Capitol. “Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money,” Fallin said during her speech. Oklahoma ranks among […]

  • Residents with mental illness get second chances when arrested — in some Oklahoma counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    If you have a serious mental illness and get arrested for a nonviolent crime in Oklahoma, whether you go to prison or are enrolled in a diversion program largely depends on where you reside.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker proposes legislation to make public places smoke-free

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, filed Senate Joint Resolution 24 last week, a measure that would put on the Oklahoma ballot a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and bingo halls, among other places. The proposed legislation doesn’t apply to electronic cigarettes.

  • Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    This past week, Bin Kang was formally sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity for knowingly falsifying and fabricating research. He was fired from OMRF in December after the organization’s investigation, in coordination with the Office of Research Integrity, revealed the altered images.

  • Oklahoma Academy addresses poor overall health of state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Academy gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City to present town hall recommendations to address Oklahoma’s poor overall health.

  • The watery eyes of Texas are upon us in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Recent weather has pushed cedar pollen from Texas up into Oklahoma, causing some residents to suffer from “cedar fever,” which includes sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing and itchy, red eyes.

  • Flu Q&A: Why does the vaccine change each year?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    A look at how the flu shot is created every year and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine hasn’t been very effective.

  • Oklahoma Medical Board refuses to reinstate a physician assistant's license in prescription drug deaths case

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Medical Board voted unanimously not to reinstate the medical license of Michael E. Hume, a physician assistant who practiced under Dr. William Valuck, a doctor in prison for eight counts of murder, in deaths of patients to whom prosecutors said he over-prescribed potent painkillers and other drugs.

  • Nine new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Since late September, 31 Oklahomans have died because of the flu, 23 of whom were 65 or older.

  • Oklahoma board hears plan to expand health care coverage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    A state Board of Health member asked his fellow board members Tuesday to endorse a plan that would use federal Medicaid expansion dollars for an alternative plan to increase health insurance coverage options for low-income Oklahomans.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma cannot continue to be worst in the nation in health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

      In her inauguration address, Gov. Mary Fallin said there are three areas that Oklahoma must resolve to make a priority: educational attainment, over-incarceration and health. Oklahoma’s health has long been failing. For the past several years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst in the nation for high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a long list […]

  • Oklahoma City doctors begin to offer house calls — again

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Although home health nurses and some nurse practitioners regularly provide health care in patients’ homes, most physicians don’t offer that service to patients. However, that seems to be changing, at least for patients in the most need of the service.

  • Oklahoma man who struck down Ten Commandments monument heads home from hospital, the same day the monument is replaced at Capitol

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Rick M. Green, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Michael Tate Reed II, the man who mowed down with his car the controversial Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s Capitol, headed home Thursday and has been told to seek outpatient mental health treatment. A new Ten Commandments monument was erected Thursday, reigniting debate over whether the monument should be placed at the Capitol.

  • At least 22 Oklahomans have died from the flu, up from nine deaths last week

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The number of Oklahomans confirmed dead because of the flu has climbed to 22 residents, up from nine deaths last week, the state Health Department reported Thursday.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 7:39 AM .@DonovanSlack Thanks for your help on this story. I really appreciate it!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 7:38 AM Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 03 2015 10:20:23 AM CST RT @readfrontier: Is REI coming to #Tulsa? All signs point to yes. https://t.co/5D8Wac3CqX LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 03 2015 10:20:14 AM CST @OCPDB5 Congrats!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 07:04:02 PM CST RT @jpalmerOKC: think only major drug kingpins get life without parole in Oklahoma? Not so. Check out my Sunday story in @theoklahoman #pri…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 12:51:07 PM CST Meanwhile, I'm writing a story about Michael, 14, allergic to nuts and shellfish. In middle school, someone put nutshells in his locker.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 12:47:57 PM CST Grant, 14, isn't sure why he has never been bullied because of his tics from Tourette's, but his family is thankful LINK
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:14:32 PM CST RT @stevenldunn: Watching #RESILIENCE on @OETAOK. If you don't live in Oklahoma you can watch it live online at LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:23:56 PM CST I'm sure it just wanted to take a stroll on this incredibly nice day -- Tiger escapes from enclosure at OKC Zoo LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:17:37 PM CST RT @DonovanSlack: Newly released VA reports include cases of veteran harm, death LINK via @usatoday
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 08:16:52 AM CST RT @PodcastWisdom: "White people are very good at not being racist in a very abstract way." - @tannercolby on @showaboutrace with @RaquelCe…
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 10:03:33 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: WATCH: @TheOklahoman's @kelfry took the Shatterproof challenge today & rappelled down 30 floors of Sandridge Building http:…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 11:16:32 AM CST RT @kelfry: I am rappelling down the Sandridge Building at noon. #shatterproof #newsok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 11:16:29 AM CST RT @_davemorris: 30 floors of perfectly good building - @kelfry is prepping to rappel for #shatterproof #ShatterTheStigma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 11:10:05 AM CST Today I realized I am Facebook friends with several race and marriage scholars. I'm sure many of you have realized the same. What a gift!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 08:37:45 AM CST RT @jackfowlerart: 4th grade girl at art lesson: "Do paparazzis follow you?" Me: "Yes." Girl: "Because you're so famous?" Me: "Yes, that's …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Apr. 28 2015 08:29:51 PM CST After surviving cancer, Rhonda wanted to take control over her health. So, she picked up a new hobby: bodybuilding LINK

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