From Surviving to Thriving: 3 key strategies for effective childcare advocacy

By David McGrane

As a parent of a three year-old and five year-old, I’m heavily involved in my tour of duty in the Saskatchewan childcare system. We’ve been lucky to find a wonderful childcare centre that educates our children in their first language- French. The early childhood educators have been caring, diligent, and helpful. Ensuring families have options for supportive early childhood development programs, including childcare, are crucial to better health outcomes later in life for our children.

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Dreaming Healthy Nations: Indigenous stories & the social determinants of health

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report today. This landmark document demonstrates the myriad ways in which the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples were damaged by Canada's residential school policies.

In the spirit of building healthier relationships, we're releasing the first in a new series of articles for Upstream by Max Fineday, a young nêhiyaw leader who recently finished his second term as president of the University of Saskatchewan Student's Union. In this series, Max will explore the concept of the social determinants of health through an Indigenous lens, and the types of upstream interventions that could improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. In his own words, "My goal in this project is to explore how that idea relates to Indigenous lives, and how it might help us chart a way to a healthier balance and healthier relationships in Canada."

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A Legacy Worth Building On

This blog is by David White, President of the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation.

David reflects on Canadian history and how addressing the social determinants of health has been at the heart of the work of some great Canadians.

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Social Change is at the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with CMA President Chris Simpson Part 2

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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A learning point to take home from La Ronge, if you have one

By Jon Herriot

On my first day up in La Ronge during my rural family medicine rotation, I heard a story of a man who was found dead in a small homemade shack. His shack lit on fire and he burned to death, presumably during an attempt to heat his small shelter during a cold winter night.

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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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