Jaclyn Cosgrove
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.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City VA Medical Center discusses audit findings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss findings in an audit that revealed wait times at veteran medical centers across the U.S.

  • Wait times at Oklahoma VA hospitals explored in audit released Monday

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    New patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center waited an average of 44 days for a primary care appointment, according to an audit released Monday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • No Medicaid expansion reason for Mercy's plans to lay off up to 300 workers in four states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    A lack of Medicaid expansion was cited as a reason that Mercy plans to lay off up to 300 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas this month.

  • Parts of Oklahoma get 'food desert' label

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Southeast Oklahoma has the highest concentration of food deserts, communities without a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, adding to the difficulties that residents face in trying to live healthier lifestyles, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • In Oklahoma Panhandle, 'food desert' feels more literal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Couple says “food desert” feels a little more literal in the Oklahoma Panhandle, which has been in a severe drought for more than three years.

  • For some rural Oklahoma residents, living off the land is the best option

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Donita Blackketter and her husband are examples of how some rural residents handle not having a grocery store near by. For beef, they slaughter one of the cows they raised on their 360 acres. For vegetables during the summer, they grow a garden.

  • Oklahoma Project Women makes mammograms, breast care services available for uninsured Oklahomans

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Uninsured Oklahomans in western and central Oklahoma will have improved access to mammograms and other breast care services.

  • Oklahoma doctors will likely see rates cut in Medicaid payments

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The state’s Medicaid director will propose an almost 8 percent rate cut for medical professionals who provide health care to some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 47 in senior health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    In Oklahoma, almost 60 percent of seniors with an income greater than $75,000 report their health is “very good or excellent.” Meanwhile, only about 24 percent of seniors with an income less than $25,000 report the same. That’s one of the health disparities pointed out in the United Health Foundation’s 2014 senior health report. Overall, Oklahoma […]

  • Prescription drugs bill dies in committee

    By Phillip O’Connor and Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Despite an intensive last-minute push by supporters, including Gov. Mary Fallin, who lobbied lawmakers in person and by telephone, a bill intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse failed to win legislative approval Friday. Backers of the measure, which would have required doctors to check an online database before writing narcotic prescriptions, needed the support of nine of the House Public Safety Committee’s 17 members to keep the bill alive. They never got more than six, killing the measure’s chance for passage this year. “I am disappointed the House Public Safety Committee would not even let their colleagues in the Legislature get to vote on a prescription drug monitoring bill,” Fallin said late Friday.

  • Uninsured Norman man dies because he feared cost of calling 911, neighbor says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    It was only about a month ago when a Norman police officer came to Lori’s door and told her that her friend was dead. Lori’s friend, Allen, a 53-year-old therapist, had lived next to her for about six months, and the two had become close. They enjoyed talking about movies and books. It was nice to find someone she connected with. In late April, Lori realized she hadn’t heard from Allen in a few days and worried something was wrong. She banged on his door, trying to get his attention and tried to reach him several times. She even put a rock behind his car’s tire to make sure she wasn’t just missing him when he was home. But the rock never moved. What still haunts Lori is the reason why Allen died,

  • Officials say MERS threat in Oklahoma is very low

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The risk of any Oklahoman contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome remains low, health leaders said Thursday.

  • Oklahoma women are living shorter lives than men in most counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Women in Oklahoma are living shorter lives in more than half of the counties in Oklahoma, life expectancy data shows. It’s a pretty jarring number, especially when compared to life expectancy trends among men in Oklahoma. From 1985 to 2010, the life expectancy among women in 48 of Oklahoma’s counties decreased, according to data collected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. The decreases ranged from -0.1 years in Pawnee County and Kay County to -3.4 years in Beckham County and Harmon County. Meanwhile, during the same time frame, the life expectancy for men decreased in only one county – Creek County by -0.7 – and stayed the same in Pawnee County.

  • What's it like: To be diagnosed with prediabetes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    What is prediabetes? Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, develops when a person’s body doesn’t use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin helps your body absorb glucose and use it for energy. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly, you have a condition called insulin resistance, which requires your body to produce higher levels of insulin. Over time, the body cannot keep up with the demand for extra insulin and type 2 diabetes develops. “Prediabetes” is a term used to describe a medical condition in which a person is close to developing diabetes if he or she doesn’t change lifestyle and eating habits, among other things.

  • Oklahoma health leaders criticize doctor groups who oppose prescription drug bill

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Oklahoma physicians are being “selfish and short-sighted” by opposing legislation that would require doctors to check an online database each time they write a prescription for narcotic painkillers and other controlled dangerous substances, health leaders said Friday.

  • Ardmore doctor skips hearing, loses medical license

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    An Ardmore doctor lost his medical license Thursday, apparently choosing not to defend himself before the medical board regarding allegations that he overprescribed powerful painkillers.

  • Oklahoma's infant mortality rate decreases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Oklahoma has seen fewer babies die in recent years before their first birthday, health leaders said Tuesday. Although Oklahoma has seen a decrease, the state has a long way to go.

  • OU Medical Center launches extra fee for nonemergency care in ER

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    OU Medical Center officials announced Tuesday that, starting this week, adult patients assessed in the hospital’s emergency room who don’t have emergency medical needs will be charged — either their copay or $200 if they are uninsured — if they choose to still receive care through the ER after that assessment.

  • What's it like: To get trauma-based counseling

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Traumatic events can cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety and aggression, and trauma can leave a lasting impression on a person’s mind and body. Emotional trauma is known to be a physical injury because important parts of the body are affected.

  • Oklahoma experts explain how allergy shots work

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    For Oklahomans who suffer from allergies, allergy shot therapy, which have been found to be at least somewhat effective in a majority of patients, may provide relief.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:12 AM Part of poem that an Oklahoma woman with bipolar disorder wrote on being institutionalized at Central State Hospital LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:28 AM Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient LINK via @USATODAY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:08 AM I finally joined @IRE_NICAR. Yes, I'm #latetotheparty. But now I'm nerding out.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 05:16:06 PM CST @donald_stotts Unfortunately yes. I found myself standing on top of their mound, and I was reminded that I have fast reflexes.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 05:07:43 PM CST I'm going to write a What's It Like about being stung by fire ants, and I'm just going to link to me making this face LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 04:10:59 PM CST RT @TheAtlantic: Video: A technicolor timelapse of Alaska's stunning Northern Lights LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:53:23 PM CST I'm eating spinach and nerding out digging through data on OK2SHARE. I go pretty wild on Mondays.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:38:02 PM CST RT @jeaninedok: We teach our kids to stop, drop, and roll. And about seatbelts. . . why don't we teach about suicide? Underwood LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 12:37:54 PM CST .@jeaninedok has a fascinating series of tweets from today's #ZeroSuicideSummit. Follow her for updates. Great job, Jean.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:26:08 AM CST @joshumar I'm hoping to write about it soon. I know of a few places with geropsych programs, but I'm sure there's a large demand for beds.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:16:19 AM CST 1/3 of Oklahomans who died by suicide in 2013 were 55 or older. If you’re struggling or thinking about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 11:14:09 AM CST @McNeill_Tweets @emilylangok Something like this? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:36:07 AM CST In case you were curious -- What's it like: To get a pacemaker implanted LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:04:50 AM CST @OphiraE You should include anything random you wrote on those tiny notebooks they provide that aren't terribly practical.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 09:35:58 AM CST I'm performing at @okcimprov on Friday at 7:30 at @ReduxionTheatre. You can buy tickets here: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 29 2014 08:20:36 AM CST UMass police helped keep student’s addiction secret while he served as confidential informant LINK cc: @CathJSweeney
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Sep. 28 2014 03:11:56 PM CST @McNeill_Tweets @emilylangok Everyone that I've heard review it says it's "not bad" and some even seem to like it. I would drink it again.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Sep. 28 2014 03:09:14 PM CST Oklahoma beheading suspect's mom apologizes LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 26 2014 10:48:10 PM CST @dustin_hughes It looks like @OKmattcarney and @SilasAllen1 say it's not bad. I don't usually like hoppy beer, but it's good for $5.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 26 2014 10:33:56 PM CST We caved. #Hanson #beer #Oklahoma #igersok #okigers #okcigers #okc_igers @ McNellie's OKC LINK