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.

Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Oklahoma now has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    One-third of Oklahoma adults are obese, making Oklahoma the sixth-most obese state in the U.S., according to a report released Monday.  Oklahoma's adult obesity rate is currently 33 percent, up from 20 percent in 2000 and from 10 percent in 1990. An estimated 40 percent of adults ages 45 to 64 are obese, the age group that has highest obesity rate in the state. When broken down by race, black Oklahomans have the highest obesity rate, an estimated 38 percent of black adult residents.  When looking toward the future, the numbers are more than concerning. In 2030, a projected 1,081,186 Oklahomans will suffer from heart disease. In 2010, there were about 240,000

  • Preliminary reports show state could face major budget shortfall

    By JACLYN COSGROVEStaff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Health leaders were warned Wednesday by Oklahoma policymakers that they should brace themselves for difficult budget processes in the next several legislative sessions because of a revenue shortfall that the state may be facing.

  • 'Very high alert' issued for ragweed pollen (and maybe why your face hurts)

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Oklahoma is currently seeing an "extreme exposure situation" with ragweed pollen, and pollen-sensitive residents are advised to do their best to remain indoors. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic on Wednesday issued a "very high alert" for ragweed pollen.  Ragweed is a weed that can grow almost anywhere. Although the ragweed pollen season runs from August to November, ragweed pollen levels usually peak in mid-September in many areas in the country. Here are some tips from the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on how to best protect yourself from ragweed pollen exposure: Avoid the outdoors between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Federal initiative is part of what brings hope to southeast Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was designated by President Barack Obama as one of five Promise Zones, an anti-poverty initiative that provides resources such as grants and tax incentives to help improve conditions in persistently high poverty communities.

  • Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The woman, barely 100 pounds, is the sickest patient Dr. Leland Dennis has ever seen in more than 20 years practicing psychiatry. “Have you ever had treatment?” Dennis, the Oklahoma County jail psychiatrist, asked the female inmate. “I tried to get it, and people told me I was crazy,” she said. Nestled in the corner of the women's mental health and pregnancy unit at the Oklahoma County jail, the woman lives in cell No. 12. A pink slip on the door signifies that she recently attacked someone. Jail likely marks the first time she has been under a psychiatrist's care. For the past 16 years, she has suffered from an untreated mental illness. She has listened to the roaring sound of incessant voices in her

  • Oklahoma researcher reports link between pharmacies' output, overdoses

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program compared data from the state medical examiner’s office and its own system to look for any correlations.

  • 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:09:46 PM CST @donald_stotts @TheHubBubImprov Thanks :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:08:31 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: More bad budget news may come from OMES next week: "There is legitimate reason for concern about a second FY 2016 revenu
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 06:42:02 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: .@OwenCanfield is introducing the candidates. Here's @TimWillert1's story on their backgrounds: https://t.co/EGE4CpQhiL #
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 12:53:45 PM CST I'm performing improv at 7:30 tonight with @TheHubBubImprov at @DistrictHouse. Because reporters need laughs, too. Join us!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 07:53:29 AM CST #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility https://t.co/RI64EYqBLG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:52:02 PM CST @MHAOKLA Thanks! 👍
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:51:22 PM CST @mdotcarney No.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:50:11 PM CST RT @Prison_Health: Oklahoma treats its mental health system without care https://t.co/QNGTwhjLoW MT @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/WnH0luMhVg
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 05:57:49 PM CST There's a lot of terrible in the world. But there are also miniature donkeys. https://t.co/uaATVMB9mA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:22:26 PM CST In short, Sen. Kevin Matthews' (D-Tulsa) supportive comments about Medicaid expansion weren't well received. #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:21:48 PM CST Crain asks if there will be informal budget meetings later. Joke made about senators invited -- who didn't bring up Medicaid expansion.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:19:58 PM CST There is much debate among the senators about what would or wouldn't happen regarding Medicaid expansion #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:16:40 PM CST For every additional 1% cut to current FY16 @ODMHSASINFO budget, a $3M cut would be made to prevention, treatment, recovery services #mhinok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:14:57 PM CST @l_kevinmatthews asks impact Medicaid expansion would have on mental health. This report says 95% would be covered: https://t.co/XRaKc9eEZG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 12:00:18 PM CST .@TerriWhiteOK says doesn't want to cut anyone out of services, but the cuts DMH makes must leave services available for sickest patients
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 11:59:05 AM CST Re: last tweet -- it also means people who work in the system will get less money for the care they deliver. And no add'l $$ for prevention.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 11:57:40 AM CST To summarize, @TerriWhiteOK says budget cuts to her agency = countless low-income children and adults not getting the care they need #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 11:45:49 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK says when @ODMHSASINFO cuts services, families struggle, more people go to prison, more children struggle in school #mhinOK

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