Jaclyn Cosgrove
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.

Top Stories


  • What's it like: To get trauma-based counseling

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Traumatic events can cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety and aggression, and trauma can leave a lasting impression on a person’s mind and body. Emotional trauma is known to be a physical injury because important parts of the body are affected.

  • Oklahoma experts explain how allergy shots work

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    For Oklahomans who suffer from allergies, allergy shot therapy, which have been found to be at least somewhat effective in a majority of patients, may provide relief.

  • Elk City soon to be another Oklahoma community without a psychiatrist

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Once Dr. Leland Dennis retires, patients in Elk City, Oklahoma, and the surrounding area will have to look elsewhere for mental health care.

  • Oklahoma has one of largest telemedicine networks for mental health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Oklahoma has one of the largest mental health telemedicine networks in the country, serving thousands of Oklahomans who otherwise might not have access to services, health leaders say. About 27,000 Oklahomans received treatment through the state’s mental health network of 140 locations that provide access to psychiatrists and other professionals via a computer screen.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency braces itself for potential budget cuts

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency, discussed at the agency’s board meeting Thursday what the agency might cut from its budget if the state Legislature doesn’t approve a budget increase for the next budget cycle.

  • What's it like: To be shot with a gun

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: From 2004 to 2010, there were 60 confirmed unintentional firearm deaths in Oklahoma, an average of 9 deaths per year. Half of those deaths were among men and boys 25 years old and younger.

  • Oklahoma's Medicaid program has grown almost 5 percent since marketplace opened

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 38,278 Oklahomans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, from Oct. 1 to March 31.

  • Oklahoma has the second-highest health care enrollment of American Indians

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Oklahoma has the second-highest concentration of American Indians who have selected private health insurance plans through the federal marketplace, according to data released Thursday.

  • How Oklahoma's execution drugs work

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    The three drugs used in a botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Derrell Lockett on Tuesday likely did not perform as intended, potentially leaving him “paralyzed and burning” until his death, one pharmacology expert said Wednesday.

  • Nonprofit health policy group ranks Oklahoma's health system among worst in nation

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    New York-based Commonwealth Fund says Oklahoma fails to provide access to care and preventive care for adults and children, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Outlook 2014: State agencies join social media accounts, within limits

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    State agencies are only allowed to use a short list of social media platforms, although there have been longterm efforts to increase that number.

  • Outlook 2014: Combating Oklahoma's infant mortality rate, one text at a time

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Text4baby is a nationwide initiative that provides pregnant women and new mothers with health information in the form of text messages. Oklahoma has been a noted leader in implementing the program.

  • Outlook 2014: Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation advances science through medical technology

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    In 30 years, scientists will likely look back and say, “And that took you how long?” That’s what many scientists are doing today, looking back at processes that used to take days that now only take a few hours and cost a fraction of the money. Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, answered a few questions about how OMRF continues to advance science and medicine in Oklahoma, using some of the latest technologies available.

  • Health Q&A: Mammogram's timing causes debate

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 26, 2014

    Dr. Alan Hollingsworth, medical director of Mercy Women’s Center, answers a few questions about his perspective on when women should start being screened for breast cancer.

  • Report: Prescription drug monitoring program should be open to third-party insurers, including Medicaid

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    If insurance companies and state Medicaid agencies had access to state prescription drug monitoring programs, they could use that data to help prevent prescription drug overdoses and deaths, according to a study released Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit Variety Care focuses on role as medical home

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Variety Care is a nonprofit community health center with locations in Oklahoma City, Norman and several rural communities and provides medical, dental and behavioral health along with vision and prescription services.

  • Oklahoma insurance commissioner meets with President Obama to discuss looming insurance rate hikes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    State Insurance Commissioner John Doak was among several state regulators who met with President Barack Obama and other senior staff to discuss a variety of pending healthcare issues.

  • Without funding, program for children with autism faces unsure future

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Early Foundations, a specialized program for children with autism, faces a questionable future after losing $420,000 in federal budget cuts, leaving the program that has helped more than 30 children with autism to scramble for money via private donations and residents.

  • Rural Oklahoma: How far do you drive for groceries?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    I’m working on a story about rural communities that are considered food deserts, and I want to know: How far do you drive for groceries?

  • Rural vs. urban: Understanding the obstacles of providing emergency care in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Regardless of where emergency care is being delivered, it must be well managed and organized to ensure the best results, said Dr. Eric Beck, associate chief medical officer at American Medical Response and Evolution Health.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 31 2014 03:20:10 PM CST RT @JeromeElam: @jaclyncosgrove Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery LINK via @fcn2go
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 11:04:43 PM CST A beautiful day in the park. #nola #nolaigers #igersnola #neworleans #louisiana #outdoors #parks @… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 07:43:24 PM CST Great swamp tour today. Our guide Captain Brent knew a lot about the area (and had names for alligators we met) LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 10:55:54 AM CST Cowboys and Indians: OSU fans carry deplorable signs at College GameDay - LINK LINK via @ocolly
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 03:32:29 PM CST Front page of today's Times-Picayune: Nine years after Katrina #nola #neworleans LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 02:31:50 PM CST RT @cityofokc: .@hefner_goats So….we had City employees read some of your tweets. LINK #hefnergoats
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 02:31:21 PM CST @skoraRunning I didn't know that. Interesting!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 12:13:31 AM CST @AshleyReynolds @ChelseaRice Just passed the rickshaws in New Orleans and thought about our Denver adventure!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:38:01 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Attn Millennials! Please respond to @kelfry inquiry about what you want from @newsok @TheOklahoman
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:37:54 PM CST RT @kelfry: Seeking input from Millennials, what content do you need/want from The Oklahoman? How, where, when do you want it? #newsok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 01:18:31 PM CST RT @sarahkliff: Appears Pennsylvania will be the 27th state to expand Medicaid, could cover 281,000 people there. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 02:45:09 PM CST Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 02:27:20 PM CST @skoraRunning I think she cheats, you know, having four legs and all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:30:55 AM CST Locking up parents might be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows LINK h/t @ReportingHealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:26:52 AM CST .@streuli is hosting a great discussion today about raising awareness regarding #mentalhealth. Join us: https://t.co/97fPE5DVEA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:09:54 AM CST RT @marknyt: Officials: 'Cops' TV show crew member dies after being shot during Wendy's robbery LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 10:33:47 AM CST RT @CathJSweeney: OK ranked 44th for women's equality overall, 48th for female political representation via @GinnieGraham @tulsaworld http:…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 08:55:24 AM CST RT @AliceParkNY: Reminder for tomorrow 8-28 12p ET: I'll be moderating #MSChat about MS treatments w/experts from @AANPublic @MSSociety @Ha…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 12:16:44 AM CST @aprilmerrill Thanks for talking with me about it!