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.


  • Buckling down: Oklahoma seat-belt law change saves truckers' lives, trooper says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    After dropping to 35-year lows in 2009, the number of crash fatalities of truck drivers or their passengers increased between 2009 and 2012, according to recently released research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Why does Oklahoma have such a low rate of residents screened for colon cancer?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Oklahoma has one of the poorest rates in the U.S. of adults who get screened for colon cancer, a problem that leads to thousands dying from a preventable disease.

  • In Oklahoma, black babies are more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City health leaders want to better understand why a disproportionate number of black babies die before their first birthday.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Without action, more Oklahomans will die from preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Obese Oklahoma: An increasing number of Oklahoma children’s diets are so poor and they exercise so little that they’re developing diseases that were thought to be illnesses only found among adults. What does this say about the future of Oklahoma?

  • Breaking the silence: Faith leaders address stigma encountered with mental illness, addiction

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Panelists answered a range of questions during “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” presented Tuesday night at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Hydrocodone no longer No. 1 drug prescribed to Oklahoma's Medicaid patients

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    For more than five years, hydrocodone acetaminophen — better known as Lortab, Vicodin or NorCo — has largely been the drug that physicians prescribe most to Oklahoma Medicaid patients, with more prescriptions written each month for that drug than antibiotics and allergy medications.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Oklahoma City man, once 425 pounds, helps himself and others in health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Rick Wyckoff weighed about 430 pounds. He had persistent anxiety, thinking that he could have a heart attack at any moment. He had broken several restaurant chairs and couldn’t fit into restaurant booths. It was getting to the point where the “Big and Tall” stores clothing wasn’t fitting. And in his parents’ car, he had to sit in the back seat because the front seat belt wouldn’t fit around him.

  • Oklahoma Muslim leader talks about mental illness and stigma in community

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    To promote a better understanding of how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N Portland Ave. Imad Enchassi, imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, answered a few questions about mental health and the Muslim community.

  • Oklahoma City woman gives hope when it feels like there's none

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Gaila Smalley has dedicated 20 years of her life to helping people with HIV and AIDS. Smalley is the recipient of the Richard May Award, given each year at Red Tie Night.

  • Heroin deaths increased tenfold in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The number of heroin deaths increased tenfold during a recent five-year period, according to a recently updated state Health Department report. Oklahoma’s heroin deaths increased from three deaths in 2007 to 29 in 2012. The report notes, in previous years, heroin deaths might have been underestimated and misclassified as morphine. “Heroin metabolizes completely into morphine, so […]

  • 'Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue' scheduled in Oklahoma City

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Each year, thousands of Oklahomans suffer in silence, battling untreated mental illnesses and addictions. Some Oklahomans might seek refuge in churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based institutions. To better understand how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” at Crossings Community Church on […]

  • Thousands of Oklahomans struggle to pay heat bills each year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Cari Crittenden has been at her job for seven years, and still, one story sticks with her. When Crittenden started working at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, a coworker training her told her about a man in southeast Oklahoma who was using a space heater in his bathroom. The man slept in his bathroom because […]

  • Obese Oklahoma: State's obesity rate costs thousands of lives in preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Oklahoma is ranked as one of the most obese states in the country. But what difference does it make if everyone is obese? Health leaders say it costs not only lives but also billions in health care dollars.

  • Oklahoma pharmacy lock-in rules are given clarification

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    In an attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, some Medicaid recipients are limited on prescriber and pharmacy choices.

  • Most Oklahoma teens are not vaccinated for HPV

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Less than half of teenagers in Oklahoma counties have received a complete series of the HPV vaccine, state Health Department data shows. HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is “the most common sexually transmitted infection […]

  • Federal official urges rural Oklahomans to consider Obamacare coverage

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Amidst the looming coverage deadline, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged rural Oklahomans, including farmers and ranchers, to consider buying insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov.

  • 82 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    This is the highest number of flu deaths that Oklahoma has seen since the state Health Department started tracking flu deaths in 2009.

  • Whooping cough cases rising in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa County

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of residents sickened by vaccine-preventable diseases, state health officials said at this months’s state Board of Health meeting. For example, since 2004, Oklahoma has seen an increasing number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Tulsa County saw a high rate of pertussis in 2010 — almost […]

  • More Oklahoma parents opt out of vaccinating their children

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Over the past 10 years, Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for philosophical or personal reasons. In 2004, .35 percent of children were exempted from vaccinations because of philosophical reasons. In 2013, that number had risen to about .95 percent, according to health department data.

  • Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive recommended childhood vaccines

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive the full dosages of recommended childhood vaccines, according to officials at the state Health Department. This is not enough coverage to attain community immunity, or “herd immunity,” for contagious diseases, a concern that Toni Frioux, deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness at the state Health Department, voiced at this […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:02 AM RT @OKPolicy: Here's an article on how cities nationwide rely on court fees, which fall overwhelming in Africa-Americans http://t.co/bpGBjg
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:01 AM I just saw a "I'd rather be swimming with dolphins" car sign. I'm not sure Oklahoma is the place for you to live, my friend.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:05 AM About 46 percent of veterans receive some of their care virtually. Not sure if that's Oklahoma specific number. Interesting, though!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:04 AM RT @MHAOKLA: About 60 child and adolescent psychiatrists in OK, but only half actually see patients: http://t.co/1byHGjJgiD @jaclyncosgrov
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:03 AM I'm the only reporter here at the VA's press conference. I guess no scandal = no story for most folks.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 8:52 AM I'm at an informational press conference at the Oklahoma City VA. I will tweet things of interest.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 02 2015 01:28:21 PM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children | News OK via @jaclyncosgrove http://t.co/TEcAg2wDYP
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 02 2015 09:01:45 AM CST Federal definition of homelessness clashes with American Indian culture, tribal leader says http://t.co/IhI59stPrq
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 01 2015 03:01:35 PM CST Just saw a kickball on the side of I-35. They're taking this whole "Adventure Road" thing pretty seriously.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:21:41 PM CST RT @ksmcnutt: A celebration for two co-workers. Cheers! http://t.co/nFEHqKBsWF
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 08:08:20 PM CST RT @keatonfox: 2015 Earthquake Total YTD: 3,358 quakes 2014 Total: 5,417 #okquake
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 08:00:04 PM CST Big shoutout to @Kitchen324 for making us vegan brownies for our work bridal shower. Very delicious! Very kind! http://t.co/sGJm5pxXr8
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 03:32:58 PM CST RT @GeorgeHWBush: Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages. http://t
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 02:27:29 PM CST .@MapLight shows organizations that spent the most lobbying Congress for quarter two of 2015 http://t.co/9mJCkAlS8q
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 12:06:22 PM CST Oklahoma City police find alligator near abandoned vehicle http://t.co/Bk3Tvow4rM #Gatornado
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:24:48 AM CST Shieldchief-Gover says current federal definition of homeless veterans clashes with culture of how American Indians care for family members
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:24:12 AM CST Shieldchief-Gover says families would have to kick veterans out of their homes and send them to shelters for those Native vets to qualify
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:23:53 AM CST Shieldchief-Gover says many American Indian vets live with family, and wouldn't qualify as homeless because they have a roof over heads.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:23:15 AM CST Jennifer Shieldchief-Gover, OKC Area Inter-Tribal Health Board director, says big need to change fed definition of homelessness for veterans

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