• Kathrine Barnes MS, MPH, CPH

  • Project Manager

    • MCRI - MCRI-National Farm Medicine
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML1 Marshfield, WI 54449
    • (715) 221-7150


2017 to Present:
CPH, Certified Public Health, N/A
M.P.H., Community Health Program Design, Implementation, Evaluation, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
M.S., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
B.A., Psychology & Anthropology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Work Experience

2013 to 2013:
Project Consultant, Public Health Field Experience, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Healthiest Manitowoc County
2010 to 2014:
Scholarship Coordinator, Office of Academic Services
2014 to 2015:
Graduate Recruiter, Field Experience Coordinator, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
2015 to 2015:
Interim Graduate Program Manager, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
2015 to Present:
Research Specialist, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, WI

Honors & Awards

Best Undergraduate Research Paper, Texas Tech University
Highest Ranking Graduate, Texas Tech University
2005 to 2010:
President’s List, Texas Tech University
2009 to 2010:
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
2012 to 2014:
Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Kate is a program manager within the National Farm Medicine Center. She assists Dr. Casper Bendixsen on his research projects, as well as serves as Principal Investigator on her own work. Several projects focus on farm and agricultural safety, but other projects focus on rural substance abuse. All Kate's work is tied together by a common methodological thread, however. Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), general community involvement, and a focus on holistic community health drive all of her projects.

Research Interests

Health disparities, substance abuse/AODA, ethnography, program evaluation, qualitative analysis, occupational health and safety, rural health

Professional Societies

American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Psychological Anthropology
Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group


Schizophrenia in the Cross-Cultural Perspective, Texas Tech University
• Identity and Drug Abuse Recovery Through Narcotics Anonymous, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Do No Harm: Pharmacists and the Addicted Body, Washington, D.C.
Do No Harm: Pharmacists and the Addicted Body, Normal, IL
• Do No Harm: Prescription Drug Abuse and the Paraprofessionalization of Pharmacists, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
• Safety surveillance in a decentralized United States system: an innovative approach to find emerging hazards, Barcelona, Spain
• Culture of Safety and Other Useful Myths: Anthropological Work in Occupational Safety, Historically and Potentially, Chicago, IL
• Race, Gender, and Safety: Intersections in the Changing Landscape of Agricultural Health and Safety, Vancouver, BC, Canada
• Injury Surveillance in a Decentralized United States System: Innovative Approach to Find New Hazards, Tampere, Finland
• “When this breaks down, it’s black gold”: Gendered food production as liberation, Coimbra, Portugal
Injury Surveillance in Wisconsin Dairy Farms, Lexington, KY
• The Wisconsin Infant Study Cohort (WISC): Immunological Differences in Farm Children, Logan, UT
HPV Vaccination in a Post-Modern America, Santa Fe, NM

Select Publications

  • Barnes KL, Bendixsen CG. "When This Breaks Down, It's Black Gold": Race and Gender in Agricultural Health and Safety. J Agromedicine. 2017 January; 22(1):56-65.
    PubMed ID: 27782783
  • Kaprelian J, Berg RL, Barnes KL, Marlenga B. Integrating agricultural injury prevention with rural pediatrics: A pilot assessment. J Agromedicine. 2017 December;
    PubMed ID: 28704168
  • VanWormer JJ, Barnes KL, Waring SC, Keifer MC. Socio-environmental risk factors for medically-attended agricultural injuries in Wisconsin dairy farmers. Injury. 2017 July; 48(7):1444-1450.
    PubMed ID: 28551053
  • Bendixsen C, Barnes K, Kieke B, Schenk D, Simich J, Keifer M. Sorting Through the Spheres of Influence: Using Modified Pile Sorting to Describe Who Influences Dairy Farmers' Decision-Making About Safety. J Agromedicine. 2017 December; 22(4):316-327.
    PubMed ID: 28715252
  • Becot F, Bendixsen C, Barnes K, Rudolphi J. Broadening Our Understanding of Farm Children’s Risk Exposure by Considering Their Parents’ Farming Background. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 May 14; 18 doi: doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105218.