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.


  • Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns of veterans and veterans’ spouses at a town hall at the hospital Wednesday night. Hospital staff was standing by to talk one-on-one with veterans and their families.

  • OU Health Sciences Center receives $11.5M grant to focus on senior health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center has been awarded a three-year $11.5 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to further efforts to improve the health of seniors in Oklahoma. The grant will provide money for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a senior health initiative of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine.

  • What's it like: To contract sepsis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    A person with an infection might develop a serious medical condition called sepsis, where the body overreacts to fighting that infection. There is no “cure” for sepsis or septic shock, and death rates often are high.

  • Facing complaints of five patient overdose deaths, Oklahoma doctor surrenders license

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    On Thursday, Dr. Glenn Stow surrendered his medical license, facing a complaint from the Oklahoma Medical Board that the drugs he prescribed were, at least, partially responsible for the overdose deaths of five patients, including a woman who was 32 weeks pregnant.

  • Respiratory illness enterovirus D68 confirmed in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma Health Department confirmed that a respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 is circulating in Oklahoma.

  • What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Millions of Americans became familiar with ALS this past summer when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which went viral and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS organizations.

  • What's your pressure point? Survey asks Oklahomans what causes them stress

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, JACLYN COSGROVE, TIFFANY GIBSON, ADAM KEMP and K.S. MCNUTT | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Money, retirement, tuition, earthquakes and social media are among the things that cause them stress, Oklahomans tell reporters during a recent survey.

  • Canadian County ranked one of the state's “least difficult” places to live

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    High median household income, high percentage of residents with college degrees, low unemployment rate and low rate of residents receiving disability payments contributed to Canadian County’s high ranking.

  • More Oklahoma babies living to their first birthday, although infant mortality still high among minorities

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    More Oklahoma babies lived to their first birthday last year, with the state’s infant mortality rate declining to the lowest it has ever been. Public health officials announced Thursday that the state’s infant mortality rate — the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births — dropped from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013.

  • Mental Illness: Mother hopes, prays for her daughter's future

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

    Elizabeth is one of 7,500 people who will experience some period of homelessness in Oklahoma City this year. Many of them, like Elizabeth, struggle with a serious mental illness, unwilling to seek care and thus, left in a fluctuating state of sanity and delusion.

  • Enterovirus D68 is likely in Oklahoma, although state awaiting confirmation

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Health officials say that Enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states, is likely active in Oklahoma, but they’re waiting on confirmation from federal officials.

  • Oklahoma doctor featured in documentary that examines science behind vaccinations

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Dr. Amy Middleman, adolescent medicine chief in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s pediatrics department, is featured in an upcoming NOVA film, “Vaccines — Calling the Shots.”

  • What's it like: To have a C-section

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials have worked to end the practice of elective deliveries and inductions before a fetus reaches 39 weeks, and C-sections have declined in response.

  • Despite rain, Septemberfest is day of fun and family

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Even with the rain, families and Oklahomans enjoyed a day full of activities at the 18th Septemberfest on Saturday on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and the Oklahoma History Center. Hosted by Gov. Mary Fallin and first gentleman Wade Christensen, Septemberfest is a free annual event.

  • Oklahoma has seventh-highest obesity rate in U.S., report shows

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    After decades of rising obesity rates among Oklahoma adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist.

  • Study: 34% of U.S. veterans who developed melanoma were also deployed to tropical climates

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Add “skin cancer” to the list of things that veterans have to worry about. According to this: Previous research has shown that 34 percent of US military veterans who developed melanoma had also been deployed to tropical climates. In comparison, only six percent of non-military melanoma patients had spent time in tropical climates. And a recent […]

  • Oklahomans wait an average of 24 minutes in ER before seeing a doctor

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahomans wait less time on average in emergency rooms than residents in most other states, according to ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher. Overall, residents wait an average of 24 minutes in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor. However, Oklahomans wait an average of 109 minutes in the ER being they are sent home, an […]

  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to cigarette smoking

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found youths who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes.

  • How other states are implementing Medicaid changes for former foster youth

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In the midst of writing a story about former foster youth eligible for Medicaid, I called around to find out what other states were doing. In Oklahoma, an estimated 2,300 former foster youth are now eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26. However, only a fraction has signed up since Jan. 1, in part, […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Dec. 20 2014 11:15:36 PM CST RT @cordjefferson: This is the corniest shit but here's to hoping 2015 is the year we start being nice to each other.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Dec. 19 2014 03:59:41 PM CST @BrentThompson33 @ddiamond Thank you very much.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 06:15:24 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: New #MentalHealth hospital coming to #OKC. State really needs more psychiatric beds for low-income LINK @jac…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:52 PM CST @Rayke There has never been a better YOLO image.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:13 PM CST @OKBizzy That is the concern voiced by @MHAOKLA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:25:35 PM CST @Rayke I can't decide which image is worse. These two tie. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:56:58 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: DOC attorney Mike Oakley: there was significant pressure from both Gov. Fallin & AG Pruitt's offices to get the execution…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:55:43 PM CST RT @jburns18: ICYMI: Check out the great work @jaclyncosgrove did documenting Oklahoma's mental health care crisis LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:26:26 PM CST RT @dezhill: RT@ezraklein Old posters warning about what will happen if we let women vote: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:25:59 PM CST RT @Okieprof: #clarkclass summary of comments by and on @MikeSherman, on LINK @dezhill @HeideWrite
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:23:19 PM CST RT @smoughts: You guys. Remember today? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:42 PM CST @erindemoss I felt relieved of my guilt for pressing that button.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:22 PM CST Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 05:29:38 PM CST @erindemoss @Radiolab I felt less like a jerk for hitting that button
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:42:55 PM CST After listening to @Radiolab's "Buttons," I asked the elevator repair men at work if the close-door button is hooked up. Nope. Not at all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:34:02 PM CST RT @JennieMariel: @jaclyncosgrove I can neither confirm or deny if this was me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 03:02:02 PM CST While scheduling a doctor's appointment -- Scheduler: Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the past... Me: I don't have Ebola.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 02:02:47 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: Company plans to build mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK #okhealth via @jaclyncosgrove
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:46:29 PM CST "I'm sorry. There's a gingerbread man at my door." -- Spokesperson, briefly distracted
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:06:21 PM CST @DrunkOKLegislat @stevelackmeyer Just trying to make you proud.