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.


  • Want a chance to meet Kevin Durant? Take one of these health challenges

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Want to meet Kevin Durant? I would venture to guess most Oklahomans would answer, “Yes! Now! What do I do?” The answer: Take a video of yourself completing one of the health challenges posted on Shape Your Future’s KD MVP Challenge website, and post that video on Shape Your Future’s Facebook page. The contest is […]

  • Without state funding, Oklahoma public health lab will continue to crumble

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma state Health Department will request $5.8 million from the Legislature in the coming session to help build a new public health lab, a crucial service that the agency provides for doctors and other medical professionals statewide.

  • Health leaders will push prescription drug legislation in next session

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Members of the Oklahoma state Board of Health discussed Tuesday a bill that the state Health Department plans to push that would require doctors to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program when new patients are prescribed narcotics and other controlled dangerous drugs.

  • Despite some progress, Oklahoma drops to No. 46 in national health ranking

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The United Health Foundation released its annual report America’s Health Rankings, and with it, came 25 years of data that the organization has collected over the years, showing Oklahoma’s rank dropped.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Living with chronic pain, Oklahomans struggle to find a new normal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    More than 76 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and almost half of them receive no treatment.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Roland pain clinic attracts patients from far and wide

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, Oklahoma drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

  • The #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 24: Jaclyn's Tough Mudder Madness

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    For the past two years, I’ve subjected myself to a day full of jumping into ice-cold water, being covered head to toe in mud and being shocked by dangling electrical wires. And that describes only a handful of the several obstacles involved in the Tough Mudder run. My friends and I have done the Dallas […]

  • Heroin addiction almost proves fatal for Edmond man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    After years of prescription painkiller abuse that led to heroin, Blake Bond and his family, of Edmond, say his addiction almost cost him his life.

  • What's it like: To have food allergies

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    A food allergy can occur when a person’s body reacts to a harmless protein found in a food. It’s an abnormal response to food, triggered by the body’s immune system.

  • Oklahoma baby boomers: Del City woman works to raise awareness about mental illness after suffering personal tragedy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Jean Wood has facilitated Survivors of Suicide support group meetings, organized for friends and family members who have lost someone to suicide.

  • What's it like: To suffer from compulsive overeating

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., affecting an estimated 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men. The cause of binge eating remains unclear. It could be a mixture of factors, including genetics, psychological factors, a person’s social interactions and culture.

  • Share this with a creative high school student

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Like many high schools across Oklahoma, my school didn’t have a journalism class. So, when I was 17, I walked into my local newspaper’s office and asked for an internship. They didn’t have an internship program set up for high school students, but I basically just kept showing up, and they were kind enough to give […]

  • Oklahoma family struggles to find help for son with schizoaffective disorder

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Lori Penner sits at the plastic table in the corner of a Braum’s store, and at first, she seems nervous. She repeatedly breaks eye contact, looking out the window, again and again. It’s a warm Monday afternoon in September in northwest Oklahoma City. The ice cream store is near NW 39 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where panhandlers regularly hold cardboard signs, requesting money, work or just “Anything helps.” Coincidentally, on this particular Monday, Penner’s son is among them, and she has spent the past half hour watching him. “He’s right there,” she says, looking at the tall thin man with a white T-shirt and gray pants. “He sees my car out there. He’s right there — that’s my son.

  • Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Augusta Cox, 39, is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, a brain disorder she is successfully living with.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • After more than a year, Norman man works to recover from West Nile virus

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Doctors say Oklahoman Jason Wisdom shouldn’t have lived. And after he survived, they said he probably wouldn’t walk again. He has defied those claims, but he hasn’t done it alone, he said.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • High school students: Interested in journalism? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    This photo is of a group of incredibly talented young people from across the Oklahoma City metro — last year’s Newsroom 101 class. Newsroom 101 is The Oklahoman’s high school journalism program. Each year, from January to May, our students work to produce stories, photos, videos and more. Their work is published in The Oklahoman and in Hot Ink, […]

  • Some Oklahoma communities stop fluoridating water because of cost

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Over the past five years, a decreasing number of Oklahoma communities have fluoridated their water, largely due to cost, public health officials say.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:49:37 PM CST RT @LadyVol_Hoops: TENNESSEE WINS! TENNESSEE WINS! TENNESSEE WINS! TENNESSEE WINS! TENNESSEE WINS! TENNESSEE WINS!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 02:13:41 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Oklahoma City mother mourns daughter lost to overdose LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:16:32 PM CST RT @okcbuck: Don't ignore the issue: Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:16:28 PM CST RT @AdvanceRecovery: Let’s find solutions for #Oklahoma's #prescription #DrugAbuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK #painki…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:15:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: A look at our state's prescription drug abuse problem: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:15:13 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:00:22 PM CST Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 11:53:37 AM CST RT @NewsOK: WATCH LIVE: #OU president Boren announces results of SAE fraternity investigation LINK #Sooners LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 11:53:32 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma Health Department: Measles case in Stillwater LINK #okhealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:24:21 PM CST After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma LINK #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 10:29:56 AM CST RT @YourHistoryPics: Taking an X-Ray Exam, 1940 LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 10:28:02 AM CST RT @MikeLHoang: We got to grab coffee with the editor of @TheOklahoman in their new building! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:32:31 AM CST @LucasRoss Wait, that's real?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:52 AM CST RT @Rusty_Coyote: Yes I'm #Deafblind, that's always a part of me, but it shouldn't be how you see me or define me. #disability #awareness
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:26 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Gov. Fallin has arrived and is greeting people. Debris is strewn across the lawn around Southgate Elementary.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:13 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Helicopter flying overhead in Moore. Downed tree limbs and debris in yards. People are working to pick up the pieces from las…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:03:30 AM CST Follow @NewsOK's @DMSlipke for updates. "MT: @Waiting for Gov. Mary Fallin's press conference in Moore.” #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:52:11 PM CST RT @philsnews: If anyone has experience removing trees from homes or would like to donate repair work for Gayle we can put you in touch wit…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:57:36 PM CST .@NewsOKPhoto That photo of the BOK Center and the tornado -- fake? I assumed it was fake.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:56:02 PM CST RT @Mister_Sommer: PTSD is real after these storms, folks. If you need to talk to somebody, please do. We've been through a lot in past yea…

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