A system that puts health as its ultimate goal

In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstream's Executive Director Monika Dutt shares her experience of thinking and working Upstream.

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My Lightbulb Moment: Thinking Upstream

Every health professional has a moment in time, like a light bulb turning on, where they start to see the social, economic and political sources of illness and health.

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The Story of Closing the Gap

Our incredible, national Upstream Community made our second annual Closing the Gap conference an outstanding success. Check out the Twitter Moment here, and read on further for Christine Soon's Storified version of the conference.

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A new vision for our planet and our health

An ecologically sustainable way of life may be the only truly "healthy" life available to us, in the long run.

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We can't separate health from environment

In this seventh episode we’re looking at a determinant that’s sometimes ignored not because of how small it is, but because of how big! We're talking about what we call “the wider environment”, and the “ecological determinants of health”.

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Driven Upstream: The quest for a healthy society

In medicine, you have a reflection of the political spectrum of society, and it’s not that surprising that you have some people really taking on a more socially minded, community-focused approach to things.

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Pro-poverty policies are sickening and costly

Doing nothing is still a decision, and doing nothing on poverty is very bad for our health.

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This inequality rift will tear our society apart

What we need, and what is now beginning to emerge, is a mass movement capable of driving egalitarian policies forward.

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Doctors are proving climate change is a health risk

Climate change has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the biggest health threat of the 21st century.

But what does it mean for Canada?

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Together we can close the health gap for all Canadians

Together we've started a powerful movement toward greater health equity in Canada. Let's keep the momentum going. Upstream’s annual Closing the Gap (CTG) conference is coming back to Ottawa on April 8, 2017 at the Shaw Centre.

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