Nicole Pinto joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2019. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Master of Public Health. This degree fuelled her passion for improving health among vulnerable populations by way of effective health communication and promotion initiatives, as well as informed and equitable policy development.
Prior to her master’s degree, Nicole completed her Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. Interested in the way the physical and social environments influence health, she pursued a major in Biological Anthropology and double minors in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Environmental Biology.
Nicole has always enjoyed the fulfilling work of addressing needs of vulnerable populations. She has worked with a variety of groups including at-risk youth, homeless populations, and older people in long-term care. Most recently, she was a part of the team at the Bruyére Research Institute in Ottawa developing national homeless health guidelines for Canadian physicians. This health research and knowledge translation work awarded her the Canadian Institutes in Health Research Grant.
Outside of public health, Nicole has a keen interest in the outdoors and the arts, and can be found hiking, tending to her vegetable garden, or taking in an art exhibit.