Jackie Fortier

Jackie Fortier
Jackie is StateImpact Oklahoma's senior health care reporter. In a partnership with Kaiser Health News and National Public Radio, Jackie covers health in Oklahoma and the health care industry for local and national audiences. She has many journalism awards to her name during her years of multi-media reporting in Colorado and was part of a team recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in breaking news reporting in 2013. She is a former young professional fellow of the Journalism and Women's Symposium, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Reporters without Borders, and a lifetime member of Kappa Tau Alpha, awarded for her thesis on disability and technology in news reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Colorado State University and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats.

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Bills aim to add training on consent to patchwork of sex education in Oklahoma schools

Oklahoma has the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation and studies have shown that comprehensive sex education can help. Two bills filed in the state legislature could widen the optional curriculum without changing sex education.

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Oklahoma’s Medicaid work requirement targets poor caregivers

Oklahoma may be the first non-expansion state to get federal approval for Medicaid work requirements.

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Dental care often ignored in nursing homes

“What I’m seeing on paper and what I’m seeing in the mouths, it’s two different things.”

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The shadow of the opioid crisis looms over doctors considering medical marijuana

Aggressive regulations on physician prescribing, followed by high-profile cases of doctors facing criminal charges for patient deaths related to opioids has made Oklahoma doctors fear a backlash if they recommend the drug.

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Health commissioner pushes for special session and stricter marijuana regulation through legislation

Medical marijuana license applications will be accepted Aug. 25
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Board of Health reverses course, approves looser medical marijuana rules

The new regulations now head to Gov. Mary Fallin to sign or reject.
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Controversial amendments stripped out of newly proposed medical marijuana draft rules

The state Board of Health meets Aug. 1 to vote on and possibly amend the new rules
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