Why did Mary die? Dig deep to find causes
In some ways, public health is like that annoying kid who is always asking: “Why?” Why did this person become sick? Why did they die? It’s a bit like peeling an onion — there is always another layer to the story, another reason why. more
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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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Reconnect food and health
Hunger isn't an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. - Jacques Diouf 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. read more and comment
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.... read more and comment
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

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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