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.


  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Special Care in Oklahoma City helps those with needs learn valuable life lessons

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Bri Johnson, 8, has learned many lessons about self-esteem, thanks in part to almost seven years that she has spent in programs at Special Care, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City with specialized care and therapeutic services for children with and without special needs.

  • What's it like: To suffer sleep deprivation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: A variety of life circumstances can cause a person to not sleep well. Sleep problems are one of the most common reasons someone might see a primary care doctor.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

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

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • Oklahoma child protection team will disband due to lack of funding

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    After December, the services child abuse medical experts have provided in countless Oklahoma court cases will be limited because of a funding dilemma the OU College of Medicine’s pediatrics department is facing.

  • Hundreds of Oklahomans to receive care at free medical event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event August 16 and 17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of Oklahomans will wait hours in line for free dental, vision and limited medical care.

  • Without Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans with mental health issues will go untreated, experts say

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

    An estimated 122,000 Oklahomans with mental health issues who would have qualified for Medicaid in Oklahoma if the program were expanded to include more low-income adults, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • What's it like: To suffer serious burns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    If the burn is bigger than your palm, it’s generally recommended you see someone that day. And if the burn is life threatening, you should seek emergency medical attention.

  • Oklahoma researcher explains recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Joshua Ward, the director of scholar development and undergraduate research at Oklahoma State University, answered a few questions about the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  • What's it like: To suffer a spider bite

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The bites from black widow and brown recluse spiders can cause health problems.

  • Life beyond epilepsy: Oklahoma girl is seizure-free after brain surgery

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Hermoinee Lorett, 11, underwent an epilepsy surgery that, as best surgeons can tell, has changed her life. For most of her life, the Oklahoma girl has suffered seizures. Since the surgery, she has been seizure free.

  • Report finds 80 percent of Oklahomans served by public mental health system are unemployed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness released the report Thursday, pointing out there are models for job programs for people with mental illness but they are often underfunded.

  • Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The state Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers move money used to pay for uncompensated trauma care from state fund

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    State health officials expressed concern Tuesday over money that was pulled from an account that pays for uncompensated trauma care delivered in Oklahoma. While planning out the state’s budget, policymakers moved $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to help pay for appropriations for other agencies.

  • A few misconceptions about type 1 diabetes

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Kristin Ewing feels like she has at least 10 guardian angels. At 8, Ewing was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Ewing, 32, has had some bad lows and isn’t sure how she survived some of them. For example, shortly before moving to Oklahoma, Ewing suffered from high blood sugars that led to multiple seizures, which led […]

  • Police officer makes lifestyle change after losing friends in Oklahoma City bombing

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Steve Pistole, a retired Oklahoma City police officer, rethought how he wanted to live the rest of his life after seeing friends lose their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing. An active runner, Pistole did not expect to be diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Diet changes lead to new life for Oklahoma City man with diabetes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Brady Dixon, a 29-year-old Oklahoma City resident, was diagnosed with diabetes in August after a health screening at work. Dixon decided to be proactive and change his diet.

  • Woman donated body, hoping it would aid diabetes research

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    “Her legacy is that she donated her body to science so they could find our more about the disease so other folks wouldn’t have to go through what she went through.”

  • An Oklahoma family learns how different Type 1 diabetes is from the more prevalent Type 2

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Over the past few years, Rebecca and Gary Dees’ children Brooke, 14, and Braden, 11, have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a lifelong disease in which there is a high level of sugar, or glucose, in the blood, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • After losing boyfriend to diabetes, Oklahoma woman raises awareness about seriousness of disease

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Craig Carter looked over at his girlfriend, Valerie Dye, as the two lawyers stood near where couples file for marriage at the courthouse. “Why don’t we step over there and pick up our marriage license?” he asked Dye. “That’s not a proposal,” she told him. It was a running joke between the couple, for Carter to suggest marriage and Dye to tell him he needed to make a real proposal. Finally, in late 2013, Carter told her to expect a real one. “I hate to ruin the surprise, but the next time I get you out of town, I’m proposing.” The couple soon planned to go to Eureka Springs, Ark., but about a week later, Carter suffered complications because of Type 2 diabetes and died at a Tulsa hospital.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:51:34 PM CST They're doing improv on #CauseForPaws. Want to see that live in OKC? Check out @okcimprov shows Dec. 5 and Dec. 6! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:33:02 PM CST How could Poppa Bear not touch your heart? I love that dog. #CauseForPaws
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:20:44 PM CST @dustin_hughes Exactly!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:20:36 PM CST @Mister_Sommer They're apparently less desirable. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:07:57 PM CST Maggie is proof that you should adopt black dogs. Glad #CauseforPaws is raising awareness about "Black Dog Syndrome." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:02:50 PM CST "Puppy vs. Dandelion" was robbed! #CauseForPaws
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 02:10:37 PM CST A Thanksgiving feast! Another delicious #Tofurky meal. I'm thankful for family and friends to share… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 09:47:50 AM CST @MadiLAlexander NPR is having a two-hour live Splendid Table for this very reason. Lynne can help you out ;)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 07:01:12 AM CST Our fractured mental health system: "We turn people away every day who need help because they aren't ill enough" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 06:54:55 PM CST Tree antlers. #outside #trees #nature_shooters #nature #outdoors #Tennessee @ Burgess Falls State Park LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 06:45:06 PM CST RT @Ad2OKC: Help us support @NAMIOK by taking this brief online survey about mental health in #Oklahoma: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 04:22:10 PM CST Today's adventure with @Tiffanyg89. We went to Burgess Falls, which was incredible. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 04:01:10 PM CST Remember the guy who ran into the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol? Here's what the headlines didn't tell you LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 11:35:12 AM CST This guy was healthy, losing weight and mountain biking -- and then a mosquito bit him, and he almost died LINK #WestNile
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:27:17 AM CST Maggie isn't into writing in the early mornings. Not even a little bit. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 08:01:15 AM CST Sometimes I hear people say, "Why don't people with mental illness just go get help?" This family can tell you why: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:15:07 PM CST Augusta Cox came out as having schizophrenia, even though a stigma exists against her and others with the disease LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 25 2014 05:56:51 PM CST Oklahoma high schoolers: You have 5 days, 23 hours, 3 minutes and a handful of seconds to apply for Newsroom 101 LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 25 2014 05:27:30 PM CST @jerrywofford For every cig you smoke, a puppy dies. Don't you know the rules? Like "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" WITH DEATH.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 25 2014 05:24:52 PM CST Wut? "MT: @Aetna: Would you trade a cigarette for 11 minutes of unconditional love? LINK