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Nicole Beben - Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Toronto, ON, CA

Nicole Beben Nicole Beben

Vice President, Strategy | Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Nicole Beben has experience leading complex, strategic initiatives and mobilizing knowledge to create change in the health system.





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Nicole Beben joined the Partnership in September 2014 as Vice-President, Strategy. She brings public and private sector experience leading complex, strategic initiatives and extensive skills related to mobilizing knowledge for health system change. Additionally, partner relations and communications efforts have been cornerstones of her professional activities. Nicole is a strong supporter of models for collective impact requiring extensive collaboration to address health and social issues.

Before joining the Partnership, Ms. Beben was Vice-President, Knowledge and Care Exchange Programs at Saint Elizabeth Health Care. In this role she was responsible for advancing cross-cutting strategic initiatives in the majority of provinces and territories to advance social and health outcomes impacting home and community health care. Previously as Executive Director she was responsible for the Care to Know Centre, where she created the first social networking site for home health care stakeholders in Canada.

Earlier roles include leading the strategic community investment portfolio within a national marketing and communications department at TELUS, and creating and implementing health promotion and public awareness campaigns at the Safe Kids Canada - the national injury prevention program of the Hospital for Sick Children.

Ms. Beben has received a number of awards for her work including a Canadian Public Relations Society National Award of Excellence for Media Relations in 2007, and an International Association of Business Communicators Award of Merit for Media Relations in 2007. Ms. Beben holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Strategy Performance Measurement Leadership Program Development Knowledge Mobilization Partner Relations Supporting Indigenous Cancer Control Efforts

Accomplishments (2)

National Award of Excellence (professional)


Canadian Public Relations Society

Award of Merit (professional)


International Association of Business Communicators

Education (2)

University of Guelph: MA, Anthropology

University of Guelph: BA, Anthropology

Media Appearances (1)

Drowning No. 2 killer of tots

Safe Kids Canada  print


Nicole Beben, the manager of Safe Kids week at the injury-prevention group Safe Kids Canada, said young children are naturally drawn to water "because it's shiny, it's fun."

She said parents overestimate children's ability to judge water depth and currents, and underestimate the impulsiveness of youngsters.

Ms. Beben said there are four key elements to water safety:

Active supervision of children. "Those little lapses -- even running into the house for a minute -- can be deadly";

Passive strategies such as building four-sided fences around pools, and equipping them with self-closing mechanisms;

Teaching children to swim. "But no amount of lessons will drown-proof children or make up for lack of supervision";

Making sure children wear a lifejacket in all watercraft, and while swimming if necessary.

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Articles (4)

Evaluation of an Integrated Cluster Care and Supportive Housing Model for Unstably Housed Persons Using the Shelter System Professional Case Management


Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of an integrated cluster care and supportive housing model.

The Inner City Access Program (ICAP) is a new service delivery model employed by the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, which combines supportive housing services and health care for homeless, underhoused, and marginalized populations using the shelter system. We evaluated the effectiveness of the ICAP in facilitating access to health services, supporting goal-setting, and promoting interprofessional case management. Client interviews examined care goals, goal achievement, and satisfaction; staff interviews determined client-centeredness of staff-identified care goals/planning; document reviews were conducted to obtain service utilization and process data.

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Improving cancer control in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities in Canada European Journal of Cancer Care


There are three distinct Indigenous populations in Canada: First Nations, Inuit and Métis, each with their own languages, histories, cultures and traditions.

According to the 2011 Canadian Census, there are almost 900 000 people who self-identify as First Nations, living throughout Canada (Statistics Canada 2011) and just under 60 000 people who identify as Inuit, the majority of whom live in the far north of Canada. An estimated 452 000 self-identifying Métis people, of mixed European and First Nations ancestry, live predominately in western Canada and Ontario...

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Ten-Year Epidemiological Study of Pediatric Burns in Canada Journal of Burn Care & Research


Objective: The aim of this study was to report on the temporal trends, incidence rates, demographic, and external-cause data for all burn injury related deaths and hospital admissions among children Canadian aged 0 to 19 years for the years 1994 to 2003. Statistics Canada and Canadian Institute of Health Information data were used to describe burn injury related deaths and hospital admission trends in children aged 0 to 19 years who were residents of Canada (1994–2003). Population estimates were derived from census data provided by Statistics Canada. During the 10-year period, 494 children died and 10,229 were admitted to a Canadian hospital because of a burn-related injury. Males and children aged less than 5 years of age were at the highest risk of injury, with children aged 1 to 5 years at the highest risk of death. Scalds represented the major etiological factor contributing to thermal injuries accounting for 50% of all hospital admissions. Temporal trends indicate a significant a significant decline in burn injuries across all age groups during the period 1994 to 2003. There has been a clear reduction in the number of patients with burn injury requiring hospital admission. This trend indicates success in safety initiative to prevent burn injuries as well as in improvements in the treatments of burn and hospital admission procedures. Nonetheless, burn injury remains a serious threat to the well-being of the Canadian pediatric population.

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Evaluation of Safe Kids Week 2004: Age 4 to 9? It’s Booster Seat Time! Injury Prevention


Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a national one week media campaign promoting booster seat use. Subjects were Canadian parents of children aged 4–9 years.

During a one week campaign in May 2004, information on booster seat use was distributed via a national media campaign, retail stores, medical clinics, and community events. Information included pamphlets with guidelines for booster seat use, as well as a growth chart (designed by Safe Kids Canada) to assist parents in determining if their child should be using a booster seat. Assessing seat belt fit was described in detail on the growth chart.

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