Cooper Couch (They/Them)
Mount Vernon, WA
“I first learned about the PA Foundation’s mission of empowering PAs to improve health through philanthropy and service during my first year of PA school. As a practicing PA, I now realize how closely this mission aligns with my own. I serve the PA Foundation because I want to help uphold the organizational values of making a difference, inspiring the next generation, and supporting patient education with a team of outstanding leaders and exceptional staff. The PA Foundation’s programs and funding have a far-reaching impact on communities worldwide, and I enjoy being a small part of the team that makes it all happen.”
Cooper Couch is a bilingual, certified PA who values service, health equity, advocacy, and diversity. They practice as a PA in Family Medicine at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Washington state. They graduated with honors from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and are a member of the Pi Alpha National Honor Society. During their training, they were selected as a National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar and completed a 6-week service-learning experience with a Complex Addictions Treatment Team at an FQHC in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Cooper believes healthcare is a human right, and they are a strong advocate for the uninsured and underinsured at the state and national levels. They have served in numerous local, state, and national leadership positions, including as the 2019-20 Student Director on the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) Board of Directors and president of the Student Academy of AAPA. Cooper currently serves as a member of the LBGT PA Caucus Speakers Bureau and presents on sexual and gender minority health at CME conferences and PA programs nationally. Cooper is passionate about caring for others through team-based primary care, gender-affirming care, medication-assisted therapy for substance use disorders, and diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives.
Outside of practicing medicine, Cooper enjoys hiking, cooking, singing, running, and exploring WA with their husband and three cattle dog rescues.