Success stories limit our thinking about health solutions

Think of an inspiring success story. How about a refugee who, despite years of poverty and exposure to war, becomes a physician and teaches the world about peace? Or those with disabilities who overcome tremendous barriers and succeed beyond all expectations?

From these stories, we learn to admire individuals who 'overcome the odds', through telling hero stories about their courage and resolve.

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Health summit could change the landscape of medicare

On Tuesday, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott will begin a two-day meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together.

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The disease of isolation, and cure of community

Isolation, addiction, crime and homelessness are a vicious cycle all tied up in poverty.

Kingston Helps was born from the Poverty Reduction health group to provide a place for one to find any service one may need regardless of the position they find themselves in.  It's an organization dedicated not only to uplifting those in poverty, but improving our understanding of the causes and effects of the social determinants of health.

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Stopping crime upstream: The social determinants of justice

Upstream founder Dr. Ryan Meili recently interviewed Clive Weighill, president of The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, whose many accomplishments span forty years of service.

Together they explored the many commonalities between the social determinants of health and the social determinants of crime and justice. At the heart of these challenges, is why Canada's public and its decision makers tend to look downstream in both health and justice, when there are such promising alternatives.

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Breaking new ground in the new year

2015 was an exciting year for us. In the autumn season alone, Upstream continued to lead  on a poverty reduction strategy for Saskatchewan, released a landmark report on Living Wage in Saskatoon, and urged Canadians to #vote4health in the federal election.

Canada's community-led efforts for a healthier society are set to get even stronger in 2016.

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Living Wages make communities resilient

Trish Hennessy knows inequality. The founding director of the CCPA's project to examine increasing income inequality in Canada recently gave a Walrus Talk on resilience, and the key importance of making a living wage for weathering life's challenges.

She also sat down with Upstream founder Ryan Meili, to discuss why living wages are so important in Canada for healthy lives, healthy communities and a healthy economy.

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Fanning the flames of core neighbourhood resilience

Andrew Hatala has been running a core neighbourhood project for the past two years, together with Kelley Bird-Naytowhow and Tamara Pearl in Saskatoon.

They wanted to explore the relationships between resilience, well-being and culture among Indigenous youth. They discovered some exciting and inspiring results from these kids — on display as a photographic and cultural experience at the SCYAP gallery, from December 3rd-18th.

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Build bridges between cultures for healthier communities

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization with a mission to ‘build bridges’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada, by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs, to promote respect, understanding and reconciliation.

We know Aboriginal status determines health outcomes in a disproportionately negative way, compared to those of non-Indigenous peoples. One way we can work toward changing this injustice, is through these approaches for intercultural understanding.

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Investment in education is preventative medicine

In most developed parts of the world, education is considered an investment — not an expense.

Dr. Pak Tee Ng recently spoke at a convention of Canadian educators, and explained that in his home city-state Singapore, education never suffers cut backs in times of economic downturn. In fact, school funding often gets increased — reinforcing commitment to a sustainable future.

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Pour améliorer la santé des Canadiens, il faut d'abord réduire les inégalités

L’inégalité face à la santé est une réalité au Canada, alors que notre système de soins est largement accessible. Nous pouvons agir pour améliorer les choses: à travers des décisions politiques et d'autres initiatives menant vers un avenir avec des personnes et des communautés plus saines.

L’Institut canadien d’information sur la santé (ICIS) vient de publier ce rapport exposant plusieurs solutions ingénieuses, ou constituant pour le moins de bons points de départ. Voyez ici leur rapport sommaire et leur outil interactif d’exploration des inégalités en santé.

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