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.


  • Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Sometimes Dr. Timothy Newton wishes he had a “phone-a-friend” option. The 32-year-old family practice physician works out of a clinic in Cherokee, a northwest Oklahoma town of about 1,600 people. About one-fifth of the children that he sees have a mental health issue, whether it be depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety or a mixture of all three. Newton wants, at times, to pick up the phone and call a child and adolescent psychiatrist for advice on a prescription, but that’s not yet an option in Oklahoma. “The hardest thing is when I get to a point where I feel uncomfortable giving kids heavier doses of medications or changing medications multiple times,” Newton said.

  • Public health director remembers time without vaccine programs

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ALTUS — A little more than 60 years ago, Karen Weaver lay in a hospital bed in the basement of the Jackson County hospital, suffering from measles. The vaccine wouldn’t be available in the United States for another 10 years. Memories of these now-preventable diseases stay fresh on Weaver’s mind. That hospital trip. The time her sister almost died from meningitis. The children in her school suffering from polio. “When you’ve lived in that era, the ’50s and ’60s, when we didn’t have vaccines, and you saw so many really ill children … it gives you a real passion for, ‘Yes, I want the vaccine,’ when you’re that close to it,” Weaver, 67, said.

  • VA hears from metro-area advocates on ways to serve American Indians in need

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Veterans, tribal leaders and health care providers discussed how to better serve homeless American Indian veterans and other topics at the Southern Plains Region Veterans Training Summit in Norman.

  • OU-trained professor hopes engineering, sciences become more diverse

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Pamela McCauley, professor and director of the ergonomics laboratory at the University of Central Florida, was the first black woman to earn a doctorate in engineering at the University of Oklahoma. It was 1993.

  • Oklahoma medical board revokes license of Roland doctor after at least four patient deaths

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma medical board's complaint came as a result of Dr. George B. Howell's work at the Wellness Clinic in Roland, a small town along Interstate 40 near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.

  • West Nile sickens Johnston County resident

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove The Oklahoman jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A Johnston County residents contracts the West Nile virus.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 2 in U.S. for heart disease deaths

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma has the second highest rate in the nation of residents dying from heart disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.  The state saw 228 deaths per 100,000 people. Only Mississippi had a higher rate, with 240 heart disease deaths per 100,000 people.  In 2013, a total of 9,721 Oklahoma residents died because of heart disease.  In January, Gov. Mary Fallin highlighted in her inaugural address how serious this issue is in Oklahoma: One of the big indicators of overall health - because it is so closely linked to smoking, obesity, and nutrition - is prevalence of heart disease. Let's set an aggressive goal: to reduce heart disease deaths in Oklahoma by 25

  • Access to summer nutrition programs can affect children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma's summer nutrition program for children who get free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year has grown, but doesn't match the need, said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Oklahoma City police officers may start carrying naloxone

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Naloxone is a medication called an "opioid antagonist" used to counter the effects of overdose from opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and heroin.

  • Use of overdose medication cited in life-saving efforts for 19 Oklahomans

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Oklahoma health officials said Tuesday that the lives of 19 people have been saved since the agency began equipping the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders with naloxone kits.

  • Driving to deliver: Hospitals are quite a distance for some Oklahoma women seeking maternity care

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Across Oklahoma, thousands of women must drive more than an hour for access to a hospital with a maternity center, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • Oklahoman reporter wins mental health fellowship

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The Carter Center announced Friday that Oklahoman health writer Jaclyn Cosgrove is one of the recipients of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. The 19th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States.

  • Opioid addicts more likely to abuse heroin

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    People who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. It's a concerning statistic to state leaders, given that Oklahoma has seen an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and policymakers are concerned about whether the state could see an increase in heroin usage and overdoses as a result To help prevent an increase in heroin usage and overdoses in Oklahoma, policymakers and state leaders must focus their attention on preventing prescription drug abuse in the first place, state Health Commissioner Terry Cline said.  "Have we dodged a bullet so far

  • Oklahoma man remembers wife’s life by maintaining sobriety

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    In August, Bruce Carlton, 56, a physician assistant working in Boise City, will have a chance to end his probation with the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

  • At farmers markets, choice to accept funds was a SNAP

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Toscamala Ferris stood near a table covered in plump, fresh blackberries. She paid the seller with a handful of wooden tokens and carried the container of berries as she continued to shop at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market.  The wooden tokens in Ferris' hand each represent $1 of money from her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program account, sometimes referred to as "food stamps."  Although many residents use the program to buy food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a growing number have started using SNAP to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

  • Oklahoma ranks low in status of women

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma was given a D+ by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in its "Status of Women in the States" report on health issues, including mental health

  • For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma City metro-area ranks No. 15 for the highest number of high ozone days reported out of 220 metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services board voted at its meeting Friday to approve a moratorium on any new contracts to licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists or any other master's-level clinicians who work in private practice and want to provide services to SoonerCare patients.

  • Oklahomans with subsidies rejoice in keeping coverage

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Jessica Rollins is one of thousands of Oklahomans who have received subsidies to pay for health insurance they buy through the federally run marketplace. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, ruling that Americans who buy health insurance through the marketplace are entitled to receive taxpayer subsidies.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 17 in births to unmarried mothers

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma saw the 17th highest percentage in the U.S. in 2014 of births to unmarried mothers, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 42 percent of births in Oklahoma in 2014 — 22,511 births — were to unmarried mothers.  Meanwhile, the nationwide share of births to unmarried mothers decreased in 2014, marking the first decrease in almost 20 years, the Pew Research Center reports. Oklahoma also has one of the lowest rates of children who live with both of their married, biological parents. You can read the full report on births to unmarried mothers here.




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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