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.


  • Ebola is not airborne; and other facts you should know

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove and state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with readers Tuesday about the Ebola virus. Read an unedited transcript of the chat below. NewsOK 2:18 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 3 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 2:19 p.m. We'll be joined by state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley. Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:44 p.m. To access the state Health Department's Ebola page, visit this link: http://www.ok.gov/health/Or... Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:57 p.m. We will start the chat very soon.

  • Have questions about Ebola? Join us for a chat Tuesday

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Over the past few weeks, the fear and panic over Ebola has reached near hysteria, which some have dubbed “Fearbola.” If you have a question about Ebola, here’s your chance to ask an expert. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist, will answer questions about Ebola during an online chat on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The chat will […]

  • Oklahoma mother hopes to start foundation to raise awareness about eating disorders

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Julie Walker, a Blanchard resident, has plans to start Joehdi’s Hope, a nonprofit organization in honor of her late daughter that will raise awareness and money to help people with eating disorders get treatment.

  • No Ebola risk to passengers on cruise ship with Dallas healthcare worker, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    There is no risk of contracting Ebola for passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Magic with a Dallas healthcare worker, the state Health Department reported Monday afternoon. The announcement comes after school officials in a few central Oklahoma schools asked students and staff who were aboard the cruise ship to stay home out of an abundance […]

  • What's it like: To have tongue tie surgery

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: The lingual frenulum is a band of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A tongue tie can occur when the frenulum is too short and thick.

  • Comedian Tig Notaro to perform Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro will perform Saturday at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City. Tickets are available on TicketStorm.

  • Oklahomans with visual impairments raise awareness about white cane usage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    About 40 Oklahomans met Wednesday in Bricktown to celebrate White Cane Safety Day. Vicky Golightly, secretary of the Heartland Council of the Blind, said the event helps the public realize that people who are blind or visually impaired are active in the community, working and raising families just like everyone else.

  • What's it like: To have a corneal transplant

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    A person might need a corneal transplant because he or she suffers from vision problems because of a thinning cornea. Another reason to get a corneal transplant would be because of scarring of the cornea from severe infections or injuries. Also, the only cure for people who suffer from Fuchs’ dystrophy — an eye disease that causes the cells lining the inner surface of the cornea to slowly start to die — is a corneal transplant.

  • Oklahoma health leaders lay out protocol for potential Ebola cases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Officials say patients have been evaluated, but Oklahoma has no cases of Ebola.

  • No Ebola threat in Oklahoma, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There are currently no patients identified as ‘Ebola threats’ in the state of Oklahoma, the governor’s office said Friday morning. The announcement comes after news reports Friday that a patient at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City was being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms. However, hospital officials have confirmed the patient does not have Ebola. Gov. Mary […]

  • Oklahoma Medicaid leaders say agency needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for next fiscal year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Leaders at the state’s Medicaid agency say the Oklahoma Health Care Authority needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for the next fiscal year to maintain the existing program.

  • Across Oklahoma, same-sex couples begin filing for marriage licenses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Darla Slipke, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Court officials in various Oklahoma counties have seen same-sex couples come to file for their marriage licenses, although about 12 counties weren’t issuing licenses at first, advocates say.

  • Free clinic: Specialty free clinic provides needed care to uninsured patients in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    An Oklahoma City cardiologist recently started a free clinic for low-income uninsured residents who otherwise would likely wait months to see certain types of specialists.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma's rural clinics find ways to survive

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    In one of the poorest regions of Oklahoma, a free health clinic operates in the black. On the opposite side of the state, a county that has seen an increase of wealth is home to a free clinic that is at risk of closure.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma City health providers work to patch free care network

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma City free clinic at Good Shepherd Ministries is part of a growing movement in the OKC metro area to provide care at charitable clinics, commonly referred to as “free clinics,” by having paid staff and longer hours.

  • Free clinic: Del City grandmother searches for low-cost dental services

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Michelle Casson, a 53-year-old Del City resident, has skimped on her health care needs because she is a single grandmother living off disability and raising three of her grandchildren, ages 5, 7 and 13.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma family travels 3 hours to get free medical, dental care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Alexander, 25, of Clayton, OK, has a heart condition that has hardly been treated. He also received care for dental problems at a free clinic.

  • Free clinic: Homeless in OKC, man tries to find sobriety and stability

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Russell, 50, is an uninsured Oklahoma City resident who is homeless and in recovery from methamphetamine addiction.

  • What's it like: To be quarantined

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: In the public health world, there’s an important distinction between the words “quarantine” and “isolation.” People often use the term “quarantined” inappropriately.

  • Free clinic: 'Do I want health care or do I want my education right now?'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Stephanie James, 28, a restaurant server who lives in Edmond, hasn’t had health insurance for eight years. James said she cannot afford both college and health insurance, so for now, she chooses college.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:48:49 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: Governor said she won't comment on Rep. Sally Kern's bills targeting the gay community.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:48:46 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: Fallin: "I have lots of gay friends that I do talk to and hang out with. I think we should respect them. They are good O…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 07:19:56 PM CST RT @WSJ: Roughly 16 million U.S. children - about 1 in 5 - received food stamps last year. LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:16:24 PM CST RT @benfelder_okg: Hofmeister joins #bustour at Jefferson. Seems to be good relationship so far between OKC district & new state leader htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:12:42 PM CST @MadiLAlexander @mkimball011 As SPJ Oklahoma president, I find the concept pretty concerning.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:05:04 PM CST What's the disclaimer at the bottom of this story? "Teen Arrested For Armed Robbery Of NW OKC 7-Eleven" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:16:33 AM CST Follow @grahambrewer for interesting updates from the @AP legislative forum. @GovMaryFallin is currently the speaker.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:08:41 AM CST @TonThur Sending good vibes for your pup!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:56:30 AM CST @JoeHight Thank you! Check out @MHAOKLA @OklahomaWatch and @warrenvieth's timelines as well. Lots of tweeting from last night :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:55:55 AM CST RT @JonathanSmalI: @jaclyncosgrove yep, stop putting people in prison for non-violent offenses & time to provide protections for employers …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 11:01:14 PM CST RT @hefner_goats: Bleat. Bleat. Bleat. We. sure. do. like. eating. weeds. And. not. talking. about. politics. Bleat. Bleat. Bleat.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:56:47 PM CST @Boldface Oh, and wear closed-toes shoes on Bourbon Street.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:55:25 PM CST @Boldface Yeah, @Tiffanyg89 and I find something new every time we go.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:52:54 PM CST @Boldface So I know how to help you not go hungry, but none of my advice will keep you from getting murdered.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:51:41 PM CST @Boldface Audobon Park is beautiful. Seed is a great vegan restaurant in Garden District. Oh! And Dreamy Weenies is a great hot dog place.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:57:08 PM CST @Boldface The trolley is a great way to get around... But it might be too crazy to use during Mardi Gras.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:55:29 PM CST RT @shrink_ontherun: @jaclyncosgrove @okcbuck one major challenge to accessing mental health care post release is affordability of public t…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:52:40 PM CST @okcbuck Thanks for your time!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:11:22 PM CST Feel free to join Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community to continue the conversation https://t.co/sAg8QwLG7o #watchout
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:10:02 PM CST .@okcbuck: Advocates must build relationships w/ lawmakers. When lawmakers think budget cuts, they'll think about those residents #watchout

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