In September 2018, Dr. Andrea Cobb started working as an obstetrician (OB) at our Neighborhood Health Center in Roanoke, Virginia. In the year she’s worked at the center, Dr. Cobb has already noticed something. “More than anywhere else I have ever worked, the staff at the Neighborhood Health Center embody a desire to help people and promote compassion and dignity for our patients.” And this is no small compliment, as Dr. Cobb has worked in the public health field for most of her career.
Dr. Cobb’s arrival at the Neighborhood Health Center came about from
Virginia Premier’s OB-behavioral health initiative. For a few years now, Virginia Premier has been pushing to provide services to members who are pregnant and dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues. The Neighborhood Health Center has already had a successful behavioral health and addiction clinic for some time. But those services needed to be integrated with OB care to improve access to prenatal care, and to assist members in improving their physical and mental health during pregnancy and afterwards. And with Dr. Cobb, all of that is now possible.
We’re pleased to provide a continuum of care at the Neighborhood Health Center. Many women with behavioral health issues or addiction don’t access gynecologic care, often due to past trauma and/or perceived poor treatment from the medical community. Speaking on behalf of the Neighborhood Health Center, Dr. Cobb says. “We hope to bridge the gap of that fear and provide a comfortable place for them to receive care, including cancer screening, screening for sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, and more.” Overall, the goal is to provide compassionate, welcoming care and to encourage regular access to that care.
Dr. Cobb’s excitement to work at the Neighborhood Health Center is clear. “My being here is a testament to Virginia Premier’s dedication to the community and its overall plan to improve the care of its members.”