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.
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
By JACLYN COSGROVEStaff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer email@example.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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer email@example.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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer email@example.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.
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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.”
By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer email@example.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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer email@example.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.
By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.