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Patricia Documét, MD, DrPH


Dr. Documét’s main research focus is on Latino health and the relevancy of social relationships, both in the U.S. and internationally. Other areas of research include cancer, breastfeeding, racial and ethnic disparities, and global health. She currently is testing group-visit cancer screenings among Latinas, and led the Latino Engagement Group for Salud, a group comprised of community members working with Latinos to develop community-based initiatives.

Dr. Documét is the Project Director for the Allegheny County Health Survey, which featured more than 5,000 telephone interviews with county residents.

She teaches a course designed to expose students to the fundamentals of epistemology, quantitative and qualitative research. Due to her affiliation with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Documét works closely with students who have an interest in Latino research.

As scientific director of the Center for Health Equity, Dr. Documét serves the community by helping improve the way public health workers tackle health disparities, while broadening her research into the issues these communities face.

She has served as a medical reviewer for journals including Health Education and Behavior, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Journal of the National Medical Association, and the Journal for Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She also is active in the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association, previously serving as the Scientific Program Organizer and Treasurer.