Program Coordinator, Sr.
Research Focus Community-based participatory research, medical anthropology, health equity
Katharine received her MA in Cultural/Medical Anthropology 2014 from Northern Arizona University. Her research focuses on structural determinants of health, especially in regard to food access, food culture, and local food systems. She has also worked on medical ethnographic research projects investigating cultural models of health and healthcare and how alternative models can be incorporated within the dominant medical system. She has worked to develop and evaluate programs with the Native American Cancer Prevention Partnership designed to reduce health disparities in Native populations by helping Native American students succeed in careers related to cancer research and tribal health services.
Project coordinator for the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Association identifying community assets and health needs as well as working to develop strategic initiatives to address health inequity in the northern Arizona region.
Project coordinator for the Flinn Foundation project conducted by Northern Arizona University and Flagstaff Medical Center to assess and improve FMC transitional care risk stratification processes for Anglo, Hispanic, and Native American patients hospitalized with serious cardiac diagnosis or event and to improve care processes or for heart conditions based on patient environment, beliefs, behavior, and culture.