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.


  • 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 […]

  • 68 Oklahomans confirmed dead from flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Since late September, 68 Oklahoma residents have been confirmed to have died from flu-related complications, the state Health Department reported Thursday morning.

  • Advocate touts plan to house Oklahoma City's homeless

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Sam Tsemberis, a New York-based homeless advocate, recently came to Oklahoma to explain how leaders could implement strategies to help the chronically homeless.

  • Fallin: 'Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Thousands of Oklahomans die each year from preventable causes — and it’s time to change that. That was one of the messages conveyed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address Monday at the Capitol. “Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money,” Fallin said during her speech. Oklahoma ranks among […]

  • Residents with mental illness get second chances when arrested — in some Oklahoma counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    If you have a serious mental illness and get arrested for a nonviolent crime in Oklahoma, whether you go to prison or are enrolled in a diversion program largely depends on where you reside.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker proposes legislation to make public places smoke-free

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, filed Senate Joint Resolution 24 last week, a measure that would put on the Oklahoma ballot a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and bingo halls, among other places. The proposed legislation doesn’t apply to electronic cigarettes.

  • Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    This past week, Bin Kang was formally sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity for knowingly falsifying and fabricating research. He was fired from OMRF in December after the organization’s investigation, in coordination with the Office of Research Integrity, revealed the altered images.

  • Oklahoma Academy addresses poor overall health of state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Academy gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City to present town hall recommendations to address Oklahoma’s poor overall health.

  • The watery eyes of Texas are upon us in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Recent weather has pushed cedar pollen from Texas up into Oklahoma, causing some residents to suffer from “cedar fever,” which includes sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing and itchy, red eyes.

  • Flu Q&A: Why does the vaccine change each year?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    A look at how the flu shot is created every year and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine hasn’t been very effective.

  • Oklahoma Medical Board refuses to reinstate a physician assistant's license in prescription drug deaths case

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Medical Board voted unanimously not to reinstate the medical license of Michael E. Hume, a physician assistant who practiced under Dr. William Valuck, a doctor in prison for eight counts of murder, in deaths of patients to whom prosecutors said he over-prescribed potent painkillers and other drugs.

  • Nine new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Since late September, 31 Oklahomans have died because of the flu, 23 of whom were 65 or older.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 11:04:05 PM CST I walked past @Tiffanyg89's computer and saw her reading an article about harmless ideas for April Fool's Day. I'm doomed.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 11:03:01 PM CST RT @KyleHinchey: 62 mph winds reported in OKC
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 10:59:33 PM CST RT @NWSNorman: Your hail reports are helping us a lot tonight! Need location, time and size. Pics are great too! Thanks! #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 10:58:42 PM CST @norm_1142 I always imagine the purple to be a unicorn uprising.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 10:57:47 PM CST RT @patrickallmond: Two storms converging on OKC. Is it too late to get the milk and the bread?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 10:57:00 PM CST RT @KyleHinchey: 1.5 inch hail reported in Guthrie
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 08:34:24 PM CST RT @UpsettingRape: Quilt of sexual and domestic abuse survivors’ stories displayed #OKC & #Tulsa. LINK @jaclyncosgrove
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 03:53:20 PM CST .@ServeMooreOK needs more Moore volunteers -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Sign up here: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 03:51:28 PM CST RT @ServeMooreOK: Huge thank you to our few but faithful volunteers today! We sure could use extra hands to #ServeMoore this week! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 03:49:28 PM CST The people who pick your organic strawberries have had it with rat-infested camps LINK via @motherjones
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Mar. 31 2015 10:57:15 AM CST RT @truckitokc: Hey @OK_Creativity peeps. Ready for those fabulous #FoodTrucks? They're set up ready to serve outside @okcciviccenter http:…
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 09:23:30 PM CST RT @LadyVol_Hoops: .@C_Burdick11 inside bucket lifts UT to 34-29 lead with 14:08 to go. UM wants a T.O.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 05:53:36 PM CST @PJR23 @briOKC @OKmattcarney @pmonies Circle back and ping me later. I'd like to talk about deliverables.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 05:51:36 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: Int'l Academy of Compounding Pharmacists is now discouraging its members from preparing or dispensing execution drugs htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 05:29:10 PM CST RT @fordm: American Pharmacists Association adopts policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs, per @AP.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 05:28:43 PM CST This photo of me and Ben performing improv at @DallasComFest could definitely be a @Keds commercial. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Mar. 30 2015 04:57:35 PM CST If you have weather-related anxiety, being prepared with an emergency plan and supplies can help ease some of that LINK

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