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Matthew Roach

Matthew Roach

Epidemiology Program
Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Ave, 3rd Fl
Phoenix, AZ 85007


Roach is an epidemiologist with a MPH in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. His work primarily revolves around surveillance and prevention activities for heat-related morbidity/mortality and analyzing other climate and health effects for the state. He is in charge of the development of the State of Arizona's Climate & Health Strategic Adaptation Plan and works as a policy advisor on the most effective climate and health-related interventions. In addition, Roach is in charge of reporting hospitalization data to CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.

He collaborates with many different stakeholders at the federal/state scale and also local community partners. Roach is a member of the Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists, American Meteorological Society, and the National Environmental Health Association. He serves on several national committees and work groups on climate and health effects and is also the environmental health point of contact in Arizona for the Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists.


  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of South Florida, 2010
  • BA (magna cum laude), Sociology, Public Health, University of South Florida, 2008

Journal Articles


Berisha, V., D. M. Hondula, M. Roach, J. R. White, B. McKinney, D. Bentz, A. Mohamed, J. Uebelherr and K. Goodin. 2017. Assessing adaptation strategies for extreme heat: A public health evaluation of cooling centers in Maricopa County, Arizona. Weather, Climate, and Society 9(1):71-81. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0033.1. (link )



Roach, M., N. Chhetri, W. Chuang, N. J. Selover, D. M. Hondula, A. Middel and A. Karner. 2015. Building resilience against climate effects in Arizona: Lessons learned implementing CDC's BRACE Framewwork. Presentation at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, January 4-8, 2015, Phoenix, AZ. (link )



Chuang, W., A. Karner, N. J. Selover, D. M. Hondula, N. Chhetri, A. Middel, M. Roach and B. Dufour. 2015. Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report. A report prepared for Arizona Department of Health Services and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )