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.


  • Oklahoma's Legislature has failed to fund state mental health system's needs, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    At Tuesday’s Senate appropriations hearing, the state mental health commissioner explained what will happen if her agency doesn’t get at least $10 million in additional funding, outlining how thousands of low-income Oklahomans will lose mental health and addiction treatment services.

  • Will the Legislature fund a new public health lab? Officials say dire consequences ahead

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Oklahoma’s public health lab, located in the lower floors of the state Health Department’s building, has experienced an increasing number of structural issues, including a faulty air conditioning unit that flooded the lab, drains that frequently back up and no room to expand.

  • For Mrs. America 2015, a platform about prescription drugs is personal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tulsa resident Michelle Evans didn’t anticipate she would serve as Mrs. America 2015. But she wanted to raise awareness about how harmful prescription painkillers can be, and the pageant gave her a platform to do that.

  • Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014

    By JACLYN COSGROVE and ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writers, and WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma has had some bad months and years during the past decade, but March 2014 ranks as the deadliest month in terms of prescription drug overdose deaths.

  • Almost 100 years later, a funeral is held for mental health hospital fire victims in Norman, Oklahoma.

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital took the lives of 40 patients almost 100 years ago. Thirty-nine of those were never given a ceremony or tomb marker — until Monday.

  • Oklahoma City woman offers variety of programming in Vietnamese

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Vietnamese Public Radio station broadcasts to three generations of listeners — older residents, their adult children and the U.S.-born children of refugees.

  • Oklahoma women who've had C-sections have options with second birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    For many Oklahoma women, it has been difficult to find a physician who will perform a vaginal birth after women have had babies through cesarean section, birthing advocates say. Commonly referred to as VBACs, a vaginal birth after cesarean has long been thought as only an option at a handful of hospitals in Oklahoma. However, that trend is changing, and birthing advocates argue it’s thanks to a recent insurance change.

  • For Oklahomans with weather-related anxiety, preparedness is key

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    After severe weather, some Oklahomans might feel anxious and unsure of how to move forward. Julie Summers, director of outreach and prevention at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said getting back to a normal routine can be helpful to relieving post-storm anxiety.

  • After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • Rate of HIV, AIDS among American Indians is on the rise

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The rate of American Indians diagnosed with HIV or AIDS nearly doubled in one year, Oklahoma State Health Department data shows.

  • American Indians with mental illness, substance abuse disorders should consider Obamacare plans, leaders say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Many American Indians don’t realize that if they’re members of federally recognized tribes, they aren’t restricted by an enrollment period to buy private health insurance through the federally run health insurance marketplace. Also, they can change insurance coverage plans up to once a month. These plans are mandated to include mental health and substance use disorder coverage, among other things.

  • Many Americans don't know their painkillers contain opioids — or that it's a felony to share them

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    In a national survey, nine out of 10 opioid painkiller users were not concerned with addiction even though many of them had risk factors that increased their likelihood of developing substance abuse issues.

  • What does the future hold for Oklahoma's health?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    For years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst states in the U.S. for its poor health outcomes. The state’s top health official says that doesn’t have to be our future.

  • State leaders announce Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The latest version of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan was announced Tuesday afternoon in Noble. Read updates below from health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove.

  • 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.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:51:07 AM CST RT @bterryphoto: Septic shock survivor in Oklahoma crosses item off bucket list. http://t.co/4xWugPbLj4 http://t.co/54nX7KQcyO
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:50:02 AM CST RT @MHAOKLA: Oklahoma County jail not set up for #mentalhealth patients, experts say http://t.co/Qb5TIH92iz - via @jaclyncosgrove @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:49:51 AM CST RT @NewsOK: “When they built it, they didn't think inmates ever got sick.” http://t.co/bvnvGuh47s
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 10:10:26 AM CST OKCers: Is she missing anything? Machiko is visiting from LA. https://t.co/GwPc7rrhMf
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:34:41 AM CST Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say http://t.co/aUYPlOUPeZ
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 01:14:13 AM CST @TheMichelleBui Thank you!
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 29 2015 03:16:19 PM CST @Tiffanyg89 Me too!!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 29 2015 03:12:47 PM CST @Tiffanyg89 Hey, you busy today?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:45 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma City police searching for missing 2-year-old http://t.co/kEKcmRI8SB
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:09 PM CST @kristenvails I really loved these when I was that age: http://t.co/boBzyIzABv
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 02:12:36 PM CST I asked a candle maker, "What's the difference between paraffin wax candles and soy candles?" "It's like a civil war," she said. I LOLed.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:54:24 AM CST @meganmcmac It's one of my favorites. I think she would give that face to politicians while interviewing them.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:53:06 AM CST Happy #NationalDogDay, Maggie May. Thank you for continually reminding me to laugh often. http://t.co/1EiOXQRQQr
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:46:45 AM CST I had a blast at @OKCBHD writing this story for @OklahomaToday: http://t.co/ek56a7W5mA Don't forget to pick up the latest issue!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:45:03 AM CST RT @OklahomaToday: We love the Milky Way since it, like Oklahoma, is home. Thanks to Teri James of Morrison for this awesome photo! http://
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 25 2015 08:38:52 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: Abortion opponent on records: "There are stories in the data that bring home the reality of what these people do." htt

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