Agent Of Help
Clinical social worker in the OB/GYN department at WVU Medicine
Liz Cohen’s husband is a West Virginia native, so they settled down here to raise their family. While her husband came back to pursue his Ph.D., Cohen came hoping to provide services to the women of the Mountain State. In her role in the OB/GYN department, she integrates a mental health program with a physical health clinic. She’s there to assist women with their mental health, she says, because physical and mental health are so closely linked.
Making a difference in women’s lives and capitalizing on their strengths to help them see their personal growth is what inspires Cohen. “I’m passionate about being an agent of change, being an agent of help in whatever way a patient is looking for,” she says, “helping them to see their world in a different way.” Cohen says her department has worked diligently to provide services to women statewide. She is active with the statewide West Virginia Perinatal Partnership and the West Virginia Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants Initiative.
“I am pretty unflappable in a crisis, and I also think that I am pretty straightforward and direct, and so because of that, people trust me. It’s easy for me to engender that trust and confidence, especially in a situation that sometimes can feel very vulnerable.”
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