Roger Rochat, M.D.

Roger Rochat M.D.

Contact Information:
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7005
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404-727-9506

Title Position:  Research Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department: Hubert Department of Global Health

Past Work in Hispanic/Latino Health:

U.S.: While working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochat collaborated with Mexican Ministry of Health on a United States-Mexico Border Health Survey relating to maternal and child health, including unintended pregnancy, cervical cancer screening, and tobacco. He has worked on a National Institute of Health survey focusing on fertility in Puerto Rico.

Latin America: Dr. Rochat has done a medical school fellowship at Children's Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica. In addition, Dr. Rochat has done an evaluation of the Measure Project in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras; while working on this project Dr. Rochat witnessed the influence of religion and law on human rights issues such as abortion and sexuality.

Current Work in Hispanic/Latino Health:

Projects: Most recently, Dr. Rochat has been supporting students with thesis work focusing on Latino health. He has been collaborating with the Lifting Latina Voices Initiative and refugee populations, some of which are Latin American. In addition, Dr. Rochat has been active in working on the evaluation of the abortion rate among United State Latino populations in northern states, such as New York, in comparison to southern states.

Opportunities for Students

Dr. Rochat has mentored students working on theses. In particular, he has guided students working on a thesis using linked birth files to examine prenatal care on both sides of the United States- Mexico border; In addition, Dr. Rochat has served as a mentor for students conducting qualitative research on the U.S. - Mexico border in regards to the unexpected decision to have a Caesarian section.
Currently, Dr. Rochat serves as a faculty advisor and helps students obtain study abroad opportunities. For example, Dr. Rochat assisted Sammy Luffy find a connection in Nicaragua to a nurse, where she will assist the summer of 2014. In addition, Dr. Rochat serves as faculty advisor for two teams in Colombia and Uruguay focusing on barriers to abortion services.

Relevant Courses:

Course Title:Course Offered:Description
GH 530: The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion (GEMMA) Seminar Spring This course focuses on fertility and reproductive issues on global case studies including Hispanic populations. For several years, Mexican speakers lectured in the course.
GH 541 Technology of Fertility Control Fall This course provides detailed information on contraceptive methods by the master contraceptive guru, Dr. Bob Hatcher. Students may choose topics related to Latin America.
GH 539 Reproductive Health Program Management Fall This course focuses on global, national, and state level engagement in reproductive health program management. These issues are of concern and relevant to Latino populations and Latino health.

Partner Organizations:

United StatesLatin America
Feminist Women's Health Center, Lifting Latina Voices Initiative in Atlanta, GA, Population Council
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pan American Health Organization
Georgia Department of Public Health, in Atlanta, GA Alianza Nacional por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico
Planned Parenthood, in Atlanta, GA International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region
Georgia Maternal Infant Health Research Group, in Atlanta, GA International Planned Parenthood Federation Affiliates
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC Pathfinder