Public health should not be part of health care

It used to be the case in much of Canada that public health units were autonomous or semi-autonomous organizations at the local level, often aligned with and sometimes part of local government.

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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.

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To cure hunger, prescribe income

In this ninth episode of Upstream Radio, we zoom out and look to the deepest sources of hunger and food insecurity, and what can be done to address these urgent Canadian public health crises.

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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 her experiences as an inner city doctor in Toronto.

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Reconnect food and health

Hunger isn't an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.

- Jacques Diouf

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We can reduce poverty in Canada

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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.

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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.

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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 poverty and health, and how a focus on income can broadly improve the well being of all Canadians.

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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?

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