The notion that health and illness are determined by life circumstances is not new, and in recent years this idea has become a staple of health theory and teaching.Read more
Upstream thinking means considering the key ingredients of healthy communities, and preventing illness at its source. Here's a great example! Boston docs are now able to prescribe 5$ bike-share memberships to low-income patients in need.Read more
Bringing good things to the people: Green Carts is an upstream initiative with the goal of bringing fresh produce to low-income neighbourhoods.Read more
How seriously do Ontario’s political parties take the health and wellbeing of Ontarians?
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.
“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.”Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.