Green Carts in NYC

Bringing good things to the people: Green Carts is an upstream initiative with the goal of bringing fresh produce to low-income neighbourhoods. 

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Ontario election platforms analysed through a health lens

How seriously do Ontario’s political parties take the health and wellbeing of Ontarians?

An examination of their platforms indicates ‘not very’

 

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We're Asking Healthcare to Fix Something it Didn't Break

When we talk about creating a healthy society, we're not talking about healthcare. Healthcare is what we need when we've failed to keep people healthy. So where do we start? We start upstream. The article below challenges us to consider why we're still asking healthcare to fix something it didn't break in the first place. 

 

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Failing Economy, Failing Health

“It’s quite stunning we haven’t been hearing more about this...“We talk about poverty and inequality resulting from the recession, but we do not take the next step. We do not extend that logic to the effects on health.”

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Introducing Hilary

Introducing Hilary Gough, our brand new Director of Community Development. Read on to learn more about Hilary, and if you live in Toronto, check out a unique opportunity to sit down with Hilary and share with her your vision for the Upstream Community. 

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UNICEF report: Canada's 2013 ranking for well-being of children

Good health begins long before you get to the doctor's office- it starts 'upstream' in our homes, our communities, and where we work, learn, and play. Looking at trends in the health and well-being of our children can help us identify where more work is needed to ensure that everyone has a chance at a happy, healthy life. So how do we rank against other wealthy nations? 

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Upstream thinking from our friends to the south

We're seeing some great examples of upstream thinking from our friends in Colorado. Here's a piece by Sarah Mapes, director of communications at the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, about the need for upstream initiatives to fight health inequity. 

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A ‘birth lottery’ still determines who gets to live longest, healthiest life

Health starts - long before illness - in our homes, schools, and jobs. All of us should have a fair opportunity to make the choices that allow us live a long, healthy life, regardless of where we were born. Unfortunately, many are not given this chance due to social inequality and a lack of social mobility.

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Rising youth homelessness a crisis we mustn't ignore

Safe, stable, and affordable housing is an essential ingredient to a healthy life. How can we work upstream to ensure that all young people have a safe place to live? 

According to the article below, there are 30,000 to 60,000 youth on Canadian streets on any given day.

"The survey builds upon the rafts of data documenting the adversity that leads to homelessness, violence on the streets and the tremendous difficulty leaving that life. Young people have to swim against the current to move from poverty and marginalization to housing and a good quality of life."

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First Nations Caring Society: Jordan's Principle

Jordans_principle_logo_only.pngUpstream thinking means focusing on the root causes of well-being. We know that many of these root causes require interventions during our earliest years of life. Unfortunately, children who live on reserve have a far more difficult time accessing the services they need to lead healthy lives.

First Nations Caring Society is an organization that provides research, policy alternatives, and support for First Nations children, youth, and families. One of their current projects is Jordan's Principle:

 

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