Benita Cohen, RN, PhD
PhD, University of Manitoba
MSc, University of Manitoba
BN, University of Ottawa
BA, Carleton University
|Other Appointments (Academic/Research)|
Assistant Professor (nil appointment), Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Research Affiliate, Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research
Health promotion in the community; Community health assessment; Principles of public health; Community/public health nursing; knowledge translation; research methods
My research program is focused on strengthening public health capacity to address and reduce inequities in health using a social justice lens. Research activities have included developing a conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action; conducting an equity-focused health impact assessment of a proposed provincial health program; and exploring perceptions of public health nurses on the role of public health agencies in addressing child and family poverty.
Clement, C. (PI), Cohen, B., Corriveau, A., Macdonald, M., Manson, H., Moffatt, H., Potvin, L., & Strang, R. Advancing provincial/territorial public health capacity for health equity. CIHR Dissemination Grant. October, 2013 to September, 2014. ($24,984)
Ontario Mental Health Foundation Research Grant ($150,000). Poverty and mental health: Issues, challenges, solutions. C. Forchuk (PI) [Co-Is: B. Cohen, M. Speechley, H. Berman, A. Rudnick, B. Edwards, C. Ward-Griffin, L. Hill, R. Coatsworth-Puspoky]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Health Equity Catalyst Grant ($73,228). Advancing the evidence to build a research program for developing public health capacity to promote health equity. B.Cohen (PI). [Co-investigators: Dr. Annette Schultz, Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon, Dr. Madine Vanderplaat, Dr. Beverley Bassett]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant ($92,988). Advancing knowledge translation: can community networks support the use of research and knowledge in public health? A. Khotari (PI) [Co-Is: B. Cohen, M. Dobbins, M. Kloseck, M. Macdonald, C. McPherson, S. Sibbald.
Public Health Agency of Canada [PHAC] ($138,152). B. Cohen, (Research Lead), in Partnership with Healthy Child Manitoba. Deliverable: “An Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment of Manitoba’s Proposed Teen Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.” This is a pilot project, with funding flowing between PHAC and Healthy Child Manitoba Office.
Exploring issues of equity within Canadian tobacco control initiatives: An environmental scan. Principal Investigator [Co-investigator: Dr. Annette Schultz; Collaborator: Mr. Robert Walsh, Director of the Canadian Centre for Tobacco Control]. Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative- Ideas Grant ($49,608).
Cohen, B., Schultz, A., McGibbon, E., VanderPlaat, M., Bassett, R., GermAnn, K, Beanlands, H., Fuga, L. (2013). A conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action (OC-PHEA). Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104(3): e262-266.
Kothari, A, Hamel, N, MacDonald, J., Meyer, M, Cohen, B., Bonnenfant, D. (2012). Exploring community collaborations: social network analysis as a reflective tool for public health. Systemic Practice and Action Research. Doi:10.1007/s11213-012-9271-7.
Cohen, B. (2012). Population health promotion models and strategies. In L. Stamler & L. Yiu (Eds.), Community health nursing: A Canadian perspective, 3rd edition (pp.89-108). Toronto: Pearson Canada.
Dietrich Leurer, M., Meagher-Stewart, D., Cohen, B., Seaman, P., Buhler, S., Granger, M., Pattullo, H. (2012). Developing guidelines for quality community health nursing clinical placements for baccalaureate nursing students. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1). Available at http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol8/iss1/art23/
Cohen, B., & McKay, M. (2010). The role of public health agencies in addressing child and family poverty: Public health nurses’ perspectives. Bentham Open Nursing Journal, 4, 60-71. doi:10.2174/1874434601004010060.
Cohen, B., & Gregory, D. (2009). Community health clinical education in Canada: Part 1 - State of the art. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 6(1), Article 1. Available at http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/ vol6/iss1/art1
Cohen, B., & Gregory, D. (2009). Community health clinical education in Canada: Part 2 – Developing knowledge & skills to address social justice, equity, and the social determinants of health. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 6(1), Article 2. Available at http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/ vol6/iss1/art2