Thinking large and small in the inner city
A roof over our head. Enough to eat. Income and decent work to support a life.  These are a lot more important to our health than pharmaceuticals and hospitals. In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstream thinker and ally Dr. Ritika Goel explores some of... more
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We can reduce poverty in Canada
We can fight and eventually end poverty in Canada, if we just go upstream to its sources. more
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Bringing Upstream to the Mainstream
How can we bring everyone in Canada on to the same side, and work toward healthier communities together, for the benefit of all? In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Dr. Chris Simpson speaks to the evidence that a fairer, healthier society benefits all of us.... more
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Why do poor people smoke, and rich people quit?
We know that people would be healthier if they "just quit smoking". But in reality it's not so simple. Let's step out of the trinity trap and look to the real, deeper solutions for smoking cessation. read more and comment
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... read more and comment
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? read more and comment
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... 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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