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.


  • Edmond boy learns to live with tics, Tourette syndrome

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Grant Shields, a 14-year-old Edmond teen, is hoping to educate his fellow Oklahomans about Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Shields was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2010.

  • Oklahoma City cancer survivor turned bodybuilder finds solace in her health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Rhonda Spinks, a 36-year-old Oklahoma City resident, competed in her first bodybuilding competition about five years after her doctors told her that her cancer was gone.

  • Listeria outbreak: Q&A with Oklahoma state epidemiologist

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Thus far, 10 people across four states, including one person in Oklahoma, have been sickened by several strains of Listeria after eating tainted Blue Bell ice cream products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

  • For true mental health reform, Oklahoma needs political leadership, advocate says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said in Oklahoma jail beds are readily available but treatment beds are lacking.

  • Oklahoma City bombing documentary explores community's resilience, 20 years later

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    “Resilience,” a 60-minute documentary co-produced by The Oklahoman and OETA, airs on 6 p.m. Sunday on OETA. It will also be available online.

  • CARE Center CEO talks about child abuse

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Stacy McNeiland, CARE Center CEO, is trying to raise awareness about child abuse, which she says is an epidemic in Oklahoma County, affecting one in three girls, and one in five boys.

  • Oklahoma's Legislature has failed to fund state mental health system's needs, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    At Tuesday’s Senate appropriations hearing, the state mental health commissioner explained what will happen if her agency doesn’t get at least $10 million in additional funding, outlining how thousands of low-income Oklahomans will lose mental health and addiction treatment services.

  • Will the Legislature fund a new public health lab? Officials say dire consequences ahead

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Oklahoma’s public health lab, located in the lower floors of the state Health Department’s building, has experienced an increasing number of structural issues, including a faulty air conditioning unit that flooded the lab, drains that frequently back up and no room to expand.

  • For Mrs. America 2015, a platform about prescription drugs is personal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tulsa resident Michelle Evans didn’t anticipate she would serve as Mrs. America 2015. But she wanted to raise awareness about how harmful prescription painkillers can be, and the pageant gave her a platform to do that.

  • Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014

    By JACLYN COSGROVE and ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writers, and WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma has had some bad months and years during the past decade, but March 2014 ranks as the deadliest month in terms of prescription drug overdose deaths.

  • Almost 100 years later, a funeral is held for mental health hospital fire victims in Norman, Oklahoma.

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital took the lives of 40 patients almost 100 years ago. Thirty-nine of those were never given a ceremony or tomb marker — until Monday.

  • Oklahoma City woman offers variety of programming in Vietnamese

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Vietnamese Public Radio station broadcasts to three generations of listeners — older residents, their adult children and the U.S.-born children of refugees.

  • Oklahoma women who've had C-sections have options with second birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    For many Oklahoma women, it has been difficult to find a physician who will perform a vaginal birth after women have had babies through cesarean section, birthing advocates say. Commonly referred to as VBACs, a vaginal birth after cesarean has long been thought as only an option at a handful of hospitals in Oklahoma. However, that trend is changing, and birthing advocates argue it’s thanks to a recent insurance change.

  • For Oklahomans with weather-related anxiety, preparedness is key

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    After severe weather, some Oklahomans might feel anxious and unsure of how to move forward. Julie Summers, director of outreach and prevention at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said getting back to a normal routine can be helpful to relieving post-storm anxiety.

  • After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • Rate of HIV, AIDS among American Indians is on the rise

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The rate of American Indians diagnosed with HIV or AIDS nearly doubled in one year, Oklahoma State Health Department data shows.

  • American Indians with mental illness, substance abuse disorders should consider Obamacare plans, leaders say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Many American Indians don’t realize that if they’re members of federally recognized tribes, they aren’t restricted by an enrollment period to buy private health insurance through the federally run health insurance marketplace. Also, they can change insurance coverage plans up to once a month. These plans are mandated to include mental health and substance use disorder coverage, among other things.

  • Many Americans don't know their painkillers contain opioids — or that it's a felony to share them

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    In a national survey, nine out of 10 opioid painkiller users were not concerned with addiction even though many of them had risk factors that increased their likelihood of developing substance abuse issues.

  • What does the future hold for Oklahoma's health?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    For years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst states in the U.S. for its poor health outcomes. The state’s top health official says that doesn’t have to be our future.

  • State leaders announce Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The latest version of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan was announced Tuesday afternoon in Noble. Read updates below from health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:37 PM @HealthyOklahoma Thanks for sharing!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:37 PM RT @HealthyOklahoma: Nice feature on one of our great OSDH Regional Administrators https://t.co/tAXCafRVKr
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:36 PM @AHCJ_Pia Thanks for sharing!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:58 PM @HealthyOklahoma's Karen Weaver remembers a time without vaccines, when two boys in her school contracted polio http://t.co/rvsEzONLVb
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:48 PM RT @bterryphoto: .@okcpd summer outreach program of the year http://t.co/9lEu1BVSc0 http://t.co/TNJyTFmY2y
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:02 AM RT @OKPolicy: Here's an article on how cities nationwide rely on court fees, which fall overwhelming in Africa-Americans http://t.co/bpGBjg
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:01 AM I just saw a "I'd rather be swimming with dolphins" car sign. I'm not sure Oklahoma is the place for you to live, my friend.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:05 AM About 46 percent of veterans receive some of their care virtually. Not sure if that's Oklahoma specific number. Interesting, though!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:04 AM RT @MHAOKLA: About 60 child and adolescent psychiatrists in OK, but only half actually see patients: http://t.co/1byHGjJgiD @jaclyncosgrov
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:03 AM I'm the only reporter here at the VA's press conference. I guess no scandal = no story for most folks.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 8:52 AM I'm at an informational press conference at the Oklahoma City VA. I will tweet things of interest.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 02 2015 01:28:21 PM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children | News OK via @jaclyncosgrove http://t.co/TEcAg2wDYP
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 02 2015 09:01:45 AM CST Federal definition of homelessness clashes with American Indian culture, tribal leader says http://t.co/IhI59stPrq
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 01 2015 03:01:35 PM CST Just saw a kickball on the side of I-35. They're taking this whole "Adventure Road" thing pretty seriously.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:21:41 PM CST RT @ksmcnutt: A celebration for two co-workers. Cheers! http://t.co/nFEHqKBsWF
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 08:08:20 PM CST RT @keatonfox: 2015 Earthquake Total YTD: 3,358 quakes 2014 Total: 5,417 #okquake
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 08:00:04 PM CST Big shoutout to @Kitchen324 for making us vegan brownies for our work bridal shower. Very delicious! Very kind! http://t.co/sGJm5pxXr8
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 03:32:58 PM CST RT @GeorgeHWBush: Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages. http://t
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 02:27:29 PM CST .@MapLight shows organizations that spent the most lobbying Congress for quarter two of 2015 http://t.co/9mJCkAlS8q

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