Anne Cohen has a form of muscular dystrophy called Myasthenia Gravis. She first developed symptoms at the age of eight and had to navigate the complexities of the health care system for over 10 years before she was diagnosed. Her experiences in navigating the complexities of the health care system and identifying providers to deliver quality care has made her an advocate for people with disabilities. As a disability advocate she emphasizes working within the health care system in order to empower consumers to have a direct impact on the delivery of care. She became a mother in 2013 to an enchanting boy. Her joy for her son was over shadowed by her experience with navigating the health care system in ways she did not expect. Her dream is to create support services for new mothers so no one has to experience what she went through. As a disability and health policy consultant she has over 20 years of experience in the disability field and has served in a variety of sectors promoting access to services for individuals with disabilities.
Anne has served on several community and government boards including the Oregon State Independent Living Council, Oregon Student Aid Commission, and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC).
Ms. Cohen has a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.