From the clinic to the capital: Advocating for systemic change

More and more in family medicine, health professionals are "prescribing income" to improve the health of their patients, like helping to educate them on things like tax returns.

In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, upstream St. Mike's doctor Gary Bloch speaks to the relationship between poverty and health, and how a focus on income can broadly improve the well being of all Canadians.

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Obesity is more political than personal

Our policies and public health approaches to weight often focus on two behaviours as the key. What do they miss when they do this?

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Just Care: From medicine to politics in pursuit of equity

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott knows that politics is the strongest form of medicine we have, and how to apply it to the social and economic roots of ill health in Canada.

In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, her daughter Bethany finds out how we can legislate beyond healthcare, to take better care of Canadian health.

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From endless growth to a steady state

We only have one planet, so we'd better learn to start living within it's limits.

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Basic Income has opportunity costs

Basic income may eventually become necessary — it may alleviate or even help to eliminate poverty — but it won't automatically fix all our problems. It also may not be the best use of our resources. And no matter what, it warrants immense consideration from all angles.

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On motivations, mentors, and medicare

In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstreamist Danielle Martin has some big ideas about how to improve Canadian health.

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A new vision for our planet and our health

In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstreamist Dr. Courtney G. Howard tells us how using a health frame in the short-term can help save our planet in the long run.

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Child poverty is outrageous and unhealthy

In one of the wealthiest nations on earth, at a time of greater wealth than ever before, how can we have such incredible rates of child poverty and not take action?

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Defunding funerals makes us sick

Giving our loved ones dignity and honour in death is an important part of individual, family and community well-being. The new Saskatchewan budget cuts funeral services for those on social assistance, but it bears asking — can we afford these "savings"?

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Basic income: a roof over their head?

A guaranteed annual income has the potential to prevent or end the homelessness of thousands of Canadians.

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