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.


  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • Amid fears of Ebola, Oklahoma residents stay home from work, school

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma passengers of a recent cruise are at “no risk” of contracting Ebola after sharing the ship with a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, health officials said Monday.

  • Ebola is not airborne; and other facts you should know

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove and state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with readers Tuesday about the Ebola virus. Read an unedited transcript of the chat below. NewsOK 2:18 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 3 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 2:19 p.m. We'll be joined by state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley. Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:44 p.m. To access the state Health Department's Ebola page, visit this link: http://www.ok.gov/health/Or... Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:57 p.m. We will start the chat very soon.

  • Have questions about Ebola? Join us for a chat Tuesday

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Over the past few weeks, the fear and panic over Ebola has reached near hysteria, which some have dubbed “Fearbola.” If you have a question about Ebola, here’s your chance to ask an expert. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist, will answer questions about Ebola during an online chat on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The chat will […]

  • Oklahoma mother hopes to start foundation to raise awareness about eating disorders

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Julie Walker, a Blanchard resident, has plans to start Joehdi’s Hope, a nonprofit organization in honor of her late daughter that will raise awareness and money to help people with eating disorders get treatment.

  • No Ebola risk to passengers on cruise ship with Dallas healthcare worker, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    There is no risk of contracting Ebola for passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Magic with a Dallas healthcare worker, the state Health Department reported Monday afternoon. The announcement comes after school officials in a few central Oklahoma schools asked students and staff who were aboard the cruise ship to stay home out of an abundance […]

  • What's it like: To have tongue tie surgery

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: The lingual frenulum is a band of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A tongue tie can occur when the frenulum is too short and thick.

  • Comedian Tig Notaro to perform Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro will perform Saturday at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City. Tickets are available on TicketStorm.

  • Oklahomans with visual impairments raise awareness about white cane usage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    About 40 Oklahomans met Wednesday in Bricktown to celebrate White Cane Safety Day. Vicky Golightly, secretary of the Heartland Council of the Blind, said the event helps the public realize that people who are blind or visually impaired are active in the community, working and raising families just like everyone else.

  • What's it like: To have a corneal transplant

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    A person might need a corneal transplant because he or she suffers from vision problems because of a thinning cornea. Another reason to get a corneal transplant would be because of scarring of the cornea from severe infections or injuries. Also, the only cure for people who suffer from Fuchs’ dystrophy — an eye disease that causes the cells lining the inner surface of the cornea to slowly start to die — is a corneal transplant.

  • Oklahoma health leaders lay out protocol for potential Ebola cases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Officials say patients have been evaluated, but Oklahoma has no cases of Ebola.

  • No Ebola threat in Oklahoma, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There are currently no patients identified as ‘Ebola threats’ in the state of Oklahoma, the governor’s office said Friday morning. The announcement comes after news reports Friday that a patient at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City was being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms. However, hospital officials have confirmed the patient does not have Ebola. Gov. Mary […]

  • Oklahoma Medicaid leaders say agency needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for next fiscal year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Leaders at the state’s Medicaid agency say the Oklahoma Health Care Authority needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for the next fiscal year to maintain the existing program.

  • Across Oklahoma, same-sex couples begin filing for marriage licenses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Darla Slipke, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Court officials in various Oklahoma counties have seen same-sex couples come to file for their marriage licenses, although about 12 counties weren’t issuing licenses at first, advocates say.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma's rural clinics find ways to survive

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    In one of the poorest regions of Oklahoma, a free health clinic operates in the black. On the opposite side of the state, a county that has seen an increase of wealth is home to a free clinic that is at risk of closure.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma City health providers work to patch free care network

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma City free clinic at Good Shepherd Ministries is part of a growing movement in the OKC metro area to provide care at charitable clinics, commonly referred to as “free clinics,” by having paid staff and longer hours.

  • Free clinic: Specialty free clinic provides needed care to uninsured patients in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    An Oklahoma City cardiologist recently started a free clinic for low-income uninsured residents who otherwise would likely wait months to see certain types of specialists.

  • Free clinic: Del City grandmother searches for low-cost dental services

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Michelle Casson, a 53-year-old Del City resident, has skimped on her health care needs because she is a single grandmother living off disability and raising three of her grandchildren, ages 5, 7 and 13.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma family travels 3 hours to get free medical, dental care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Alexander, 25, of Clayton, OK, has a heart condition that has hardly been treated. He also received care for dental problems at a free clinic.

  • Free clinic: Homeless in OKC, man tries to find sobriety and stability

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Russell, 50, is an uninsured Oklahoma City resident who is homeless and in recovery from methamphetamine addiction.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 03:57:09 PM CST @AVABoard Thanks! Planning to write about it, just not today.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 02:55:11 PM CST @DowntownOKCInc @Bricktown411 Let me know if you'd ever like to do a health-related topic. I would be happy to help! :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 02:54:26 PM CST @stevelackmeyer @TheOklahoman Totally agree! If you walk around the newsroom 10 times, that's a mile :) I calculated it on my FitBit.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:39:46 PM CST In Oklahoma County, preterm babies have an infant mortality rate 27 times higher than full-term babies #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:38:28 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice And female fetus health could play a role 20 yrs later when that woman has a baby (via Dr. Collins research)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:37:05 PM CST One out of every 10 babies born to Oklahoma County mothers from 2010 to 2013 were premature #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:33:00 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among black babies, very low birthweight infants account for 3% births, 72% of deaths. Nearly 100% preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:31:42 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among black babies, low birthweight infants account for 14% of births, 72% of deaths. Almost 70% are preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:30:29 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among white babies, very low birthweight infants account for 1.4% of births, 40% of deaths. 91% are preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:29:37 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among white babies, low birthweight infants account for about 8 percent of births and 57 percent of deaths #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:28:25 PM CST On average, black women are about 60 percent more likely to have a premature baby compared to white women (via @CDCgov) #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:25:58 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice He wasn't saying it was bad. Just thought it played a much larger role. He talked about poverty being big factor.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:25:30 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice Dr. Collins who spoke talked about prenatal care not having the impact they thought it would. It was interesting.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:24:50 PM CST @stephaniebice They're starting a task force to look at it over the next year. Kelli McNeal with @okchealth is the contact.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:23:43 PM CST Oklahoma County has the highest infant mortality rate in the state, with 7.6 infant deaths per 1,000 births. #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:21:16 PM CST Kunle Adesigbin with @okchealth is giving a presentation about racial disparity in birth outcomes in Oklahoma. #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:12:03 PM CST Each week, at least two families in central Oklahoma experience death of their infant. 25% of infant deaths occur in central OK #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:07:16 PM CST Oklahoma has 400 infant deaths/year. The state's infant mortality rate has been higher than national average for over 20 years #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 12:00:18 PM CST RT @HealthyAmerica1: ICYMI Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use Among Adults: United States, 1999–2012 via CDC LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 12:00:05 PM CST Collins: Independent of marital status, dad's presence is important. Social support = decreased stress. #oklainfant

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