Cañon City, CO
“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, leadership, patient advocacy, and diversity. He practices as a PA in Family Medicine at Valley-Wide Health Systems, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural Colorado. He graduated with honors from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and is a member of the Pi Alpha National Honor Society. During his training, he was 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 is a strong advocate for the uninsured and underinsured at the state and national levels. He has 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 the Colorado Academy of PAs as Vice President, delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates, and chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee. He also serves as a member of the LBGT PA Caucus Speakers Bureau and presents on sexual and gender diverse health at CME conferences and PA programs. Cooper is passionate about caring for others through team-based primary care, community health, sexual & gender diverse health, diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives, medication-assisted therapy for substance use disorders, and outreach to people experiencing homelessness.
Outside of practicing medicine, Cooper enjoys hiking, cooking, running, and exploring Colorado with his husband and two cattle dogs.