Healthy, Wealthy & Why: The social determinants of health, explained

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.

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Rx: Bike-Share Membership

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.

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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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