Time to shift the bell curve toward health
Life is lived on a bell curve. Many attributes of a population – height, for example - are distributed on a bell-shaped curve, with the average at the centre and then decreasing numbers of people as we get further from the centre. more
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Public Health Beyond the Anthropocene
We need to give up thinking about nature and society as distinct entities if we want to better the lives of Canadians in the 21st century. more
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Honk if you’re …
It’s 6:45 am, still dark on this winter morning, but six floors below me on the major thoroughfare which is the street that I live on, a loud, persistent HOOOOONK awakens me. more
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The Quest for Universal Pharmacare
Canada’s federal government seems poised to prop up the status quo instead of going upstream read more and comment
Four of top 10 global health threats are environmental
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released a report on the top ten threats to health in 2019. Strikingly, several are related to global ecological change, marking perhaps a turning point in the recognition of the health implications of the rapid and massive ecological changes we are causing. read more and comment
The Opioid Crisis and Mental Suffering
Let’s get to the heart of the matter   read more and comment
2019: Trends to watch this year
Here at Upstream, we’re promoting ideas aimed at rethinking our traditional approach to public policy in Canada. We’re looking at the root causes of social and economic ailments instead of just treating the symptoms. Our goal is to change the conversation about the key challenges of our time—income inequality, climate... read more and comment

Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. We work to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.

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