From the clinic to the capital: Advocating for systemic change
More and more in family medicine, health professionals are "prescribing income" to improve the health of their patients, like helping to educate them on things like tax returns. In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, upstream St. Mike's doctor Gary Bloch speaks to the relationship between... more
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Obesity is more political than personal
Our policies and public health approaches to weight often focus on two behaviours as the key. What do they miss when they do this? more
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Just Care: From medicine to politics in pursuit of equity
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott knows that politics is the strongest form of medicine we have, and how to apply it to the social and economic roots of ill health in Canada. In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, her daughter Bethany finds out how we... more
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From endless growth to a steady state
We only have one planet, so we'd better learn to start living within it's limits. read more and comment
Basic Income has opportunity costs
Basic income may eventually become necessary — it may alleviate or even help to eliminate poverty — but it won't automatically fix all our problems. It also may not be the best use of our resources. And no matter what, it warrants immense consideration from all angles. read more and comment
On motivations, mentors, and medicare
In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstreamist Danielle Martin has some big ideas about how to improve Canadian health. read more and comment
A new vision for our planet and our health
In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstreamist Dr. Courtney G. Howard tells us how using a health frame in the short-term can help save our planet in the long run. read more and comment
UPSTREAM SOLUTIONS DON’T TREAT SYMPTOMS, THEY TREAT THE SOURCE.

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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