Reaping What We've Sown: Canada's Health Profile Continues to Decline

By Dennis Raphael

Today’s reality is the result of yesterday’s decisions. The health of Canadians today is greatly influenced by the policy decisions made at the end of the last century. Our declining health status as a nation is the direct downstream effect of bad choices.

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Social change is at the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with CMA president Chris Simpson

By Ryan Meili

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations and had, among other goals, an agenda to assist public health pioneer Sir Michael Marmot in making such issues central to his upcoming role as president of the World Medical Association. 

Among the attendees was Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Chris Simpson. I sat down with Dr. Simpson to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change. 

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Ryan Meili's Wild Idea

In Vancouver last month Ryan Meili presented his wild idea - changing the frame and redefining how we measure the success of our country - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up.

Watch the video or read the transcript below to understand why looking upstream to the root causes of ill health is essential to building a healthy society. 

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Riversdale Love

We're excited to be a part of the team presenting the Riversdale Love launch event on April 30th.

We're looking forward to hearing what each the speakers have to share and engaging in the discussion about the changes taking place in Riversdale. How the community reacts to the challenges that have come with change will write the next chapter of this neighborhood.

Our Executive Director, Ryan Meili, is one of the speakers. Find out more about the event below - we hope to see you there!

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Moving Upstream to Tackle Dental Health

By Jacquie Maund

Chantal had a mouth full of painful rotting teeth due an inherited gum condition. But as a low-wage worker without benefits she couldn’t afford to go to a dentist. When the pain became unbearable she was forced to go to the hospital emergency room. 

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Iglika's Wild Idea

In Vancouver last month Iglika Ivanova presented her wild idea - a living wage for all Canadians - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up. 

Watch the video below to hear about the problems a living wage would address and the positive impact its implementation would have on communities.

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How to make the Social Determinants of Health Matter: An Interview with Sir Michael Marmot

By Ryan Meili

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations and had, among other goals, an agenda to assist public health pioneer Sir Michael Marmot in making such issues central to his upcoming role as president of the World Medical Association.

I sat down with Sir Michael to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change.

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Laura’s Story: A Journey Toward Mental and Physical Health

Though they may not be the first to leap to mind - gender and social inclusion are important determinants of health.

Socially excluded Canadians are more likely to be unemployed and earn lower wages. They have less access to health and social services. Discrimination, based on gender expectations, leads to stress that has serious health effects. Earlier this week, we shared a blog from Amanda that talked about how important it is to eliminate gender-based discrimination.

Today, we are honoured to share Laura's story, which highlights how important it is for our communities to be safe and supportive spaces and the need for improved access to health services for transgender people.

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Wild Idea - Paul Kershaw

In Vancouver last month Paul Kershaw presented his wild idea - to relieve the burden of GenSqueeze - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up. 

Watch the video below to learn about how Paul believes we should be building an overdue lobby for Canadians under 50. He invites us to join him to not only preserve the supports that exist, but to "make Canada work once again for all generations". 

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How a Pink T-shirt Became a Catalyst for Change

This blog comes to us from Amanda Guthrie, Youth & Education Coordinator at the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. 

Last week, Transgender Awareness Week and the Pink Revolution campaign coincided. You may have seen some of the events on the news or in the paper. Today, Amanda takes some time to reflect on why these weeks and campaigns are so important. 

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