• Benita Cohen.
  • Associate professor

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 381 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-9936

Research affiliations

Research summary

Dr. Cohen’s research program is focused on strengthening capacity to reduce inequities in health using a social justice lens. One research stream focuses on public health system capacity. Research activities in this stream have included developing a conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action, and developing and testing indicators of health equity work in local public health agencies. A second research stream is focused on strengthening capacity of health professional education programs to promote social justice and health equity. Most recently, Dr. Cohen has joined the Manitoba Research Alliance project, Community-driven solutions to poverty: Challenges and possibilities.


Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Baccalaureate in Nursing program, and subsequently worked in adult psychiatry (Toronto), public health (City of Etobicoke), public health (Baffin Region, NWT; now Nunavut), and the Northern Medical Unit (Winnipeg). She began her academic career as a lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba in 1997, and is currently an associate professor in the College (formerly Faculty) of Nursing. Whether it is research, teaching or community service, Dr. Cohen’s passion for social justice and health equity drives everything she does. She will begin a two-year term as the chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Public Health Association in January 2021.



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College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada