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.


  • Breaking the silence: Faith leaders address stigma encountered with mental illness, addiction

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Panelists answered a range of questions during “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” presented Tuesday night at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Hydrocodone no longer No. 1 drug prescribed to Oklahoma's Medicaid patients

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    For more than five years, hydrocodone acetaminophen — better known as Lortab, Vicodin or NorCo — has largely been the drug that physicians prescribe most to Oklahoma Medicaid patients, with more prescriptions written each month for that drug than antibiotics and allergy medications.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Oklahoma City man, once 425 pounds, helps himself and others in health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Rick Wyckoff weighed about 430 pounds. He had persistent anxiety, thinking that he could have a heart attack at any moment. He had broken several restaurant chairs and couldn’t fit into restaurant booths. It was getting to the point where the “Big and Tall” stores clothing wasn’t fitting. And in his parents’ car, he had to sit in the back seat because the front seat belt wouldn’t fit around him.

  • Oklahoma Muslim leader talks about mental illness and stigma in community

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    To promote a better understanding of how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N Portland Ave. Imad Enchassi, imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, answered a few questions about mental health and the Muslim community.

  • Oklahoma City woman gives hope when it feels like there's none

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Gaila Smalley has dedicated 20 years of her life to helping people with HIV and AIDS. Smalley is the recipient of the Richard May Award, given each year at Red Tie Night.

  • Heroin deaths increased tenfold in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The number of heroin deaths increased tenfold during a recent five-year period, according to a recently updated state Health Department report. Oklahoma’s heroin deaths increased from three deaths in 2007 to 29 in 2012. The report notes, in previous years, heroin deaths might have been underestimated and misclassified as morphine. “Heroin metabolizes completely into morphine, so […]

  • 'Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue' scheduled in Oklahoma City

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Each year, thousands of Oklahomans suffer in silence, battling untreated mental illnesses and addictions. Some Oklahomans might seek refuge in churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based institutions. To better understand how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” at Crossings Community Church on […]

  • Thousands of Oklahomans struggle to pay heat bills each year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Cari Crittenden has been at her job for seven years, and still, one story sticks with her. When Crittenden started working at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, a coworker training her told her about a man in southeast Oklahoma who was using a space heater in his bathroom. The man slept in his bathroom because […]

  • Obese Oklahoma: State's obesity rate costs thousands of lives in preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Oklahoma is ranked as one of the most obese states in the country. But what difference does it make if everyone is obese? Health leaders say it costs not only lives but also billions in health care dollars.

  • Oklahoma pharmacy lock-in rules are given clarification

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    In an attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, some Medicaid recipients are limited on prescriber and pharmacy choices.

  • Most Oklahoma teens are not vaccinated for HPV

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Less than half of teenagers in Oklahoma counties have received a complete series of the HPV vaccine, state Health Department data shows. HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is “the most common sexually transmitted infection […]

  • Federal official urges rural Oklahomans to consider Obamacare coverage

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Amidst the looming coverage deadline, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged rural Oklahomans, including farmers and ranchers, to consider buying insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov.

  • 82 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    This is the highest number of flu deaths that Oklahoma has seen since the state Health Department started tracking flu deaths in 2009.

  • 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 26 2015 10:21:57 PM CST Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 26 2015 03:37:18 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: We're excited about our #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth Twitter Chat TOMORROW AT 10 AM! Follow us & use #mhaokChats LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 26 2015 02:42:23 PM CST RT @briOKC: What businesses in OKC would be affected by a buttload of rain? Supposed I I was writing a story about said buttload? Any ideas?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 26 2015 02:21:10 PM CST .@Tiffanyg89 got me a @Poynter class for my birthday. Super jazzed! #partylikeajournalist
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 08:26:40 PM CST A little boy at the gym was lying on a foam roller, watching YouTube. Sign me up for that class.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 03:40:10 PM CST RT @UndiscoveredVid: Exciting news! We'll be premiering our new short film on YouTube a week from today. Details: LINK ht…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 03:27:32 PM CST “She was really special. And I say ‘was’ because it really does feel, in a lot of ways, she’s gone." LINK #ENDALZ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 02:18:38 PM CST @MHAOKLA thanks for sharing!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 02:18:32 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: ICYMI: Yoga easing #PTSD symptoms for OKC veterans. LINK @jaclyncosgrove
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 01:53:56 PM CST RT @ECP_Gootee: Super story from @jaclyncosgrove -- Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 25 2015 01:29:30 PM CST @ECP_Gootee Thank you, my friend.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 09:29:43 PM CST .@realtormatthew I don't think you can replay the Periscope video, but here is an awesome one that Sarah shot https://t.co/18g0c93zHe
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 08:04:44 PM CST See you later, southwest Oklahoma #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 07:06:45 PM CST .@sarahcphipps and I are are thankful for a delightful OHP trooper who helped us map our route. Fingers crossed that this works.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 05:36:26 PM CST Does anyone know where I-44 East opens back up headed east from Lawton? And... If the wildlife refuge is flooded? cc: @okem @OKDOT
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 05:09:19 PM CST @Codeblue1974 @sarahcphipps That is helpful!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 05:00:02 PM CST .@sarahcphipps and I are trying to leave Lawton. Directions welcome. We can't use the turnpike... This is a bit messy.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 04:54:40 PM CST .@sarahcphipps and I will now start the saga of trying to get home to Oklahoma City. Stay tuned.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 04:13:47 PM CST Kim Glenn celebrates finding her neighbor Katey Easter's antique Dr. Pepper table on a creek bed #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 24 2015 04:10:10 PM CST Dennis Easter, 70, of Cache says the water took at least 30 feet of his backyard. Here's what's there now. LINK

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