Jennifer Barr

Jennifer Barr
Research Scholar
Medical anthropology
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I am mixed methods social science and public health researcher with experience working on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); sanitation labor; Indian politics and caste; environmental health; and US health care policy.

My work focuses on understanding the social, political, and cultural context of and the complexity of health and infrastructure challenges. Utilizing primarily qualitative methods (including interviews, text analysis, ethnography, and observation) and supplemented by quantitative approaches (epidemiology, surveys, and data analytics), I have worked with governments and nonprofits to better understand the overall context of their challenges. A majority of my research has focused on the social, cultural, and political contexts of sanitation in India, with a particular focus on sanitation labor.

I hold a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology; an MPH in Global Health; and a BA in Creative Nonfiction. I have worked in the US, India, and Ethiopia and have extensive experience working both independently and on diverse teams.

Currently, I work as a researcher for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the state Medicaid agency, where I translate high-quality research into policies, programs, and strategic communications in order to inform legislative and executive decision-makers in the state of Colorado about making health care more effective and equitable. I am currently looking for my next position and am open to both full-time work and short-term consultations.
Originally, I’m from San Diego, California, but currently, I reside in Denver, Colorado where I renovate my house, write stories, and mourn the loss of good Mexican food.

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Anthropology, international development, WASH, public health, caste, health care policy