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Upstream interventions start at home. When everyone has access to adequate housing, nutritious food, and support for early childhood development, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Upstream Thinking for GenSqueeze Problems

Younger working-age Canadians are being squeezed. Our incomes are lower than a generation ago. We’re struggling to adapt to a changing job market. Many costs of living, and of starting a family, are higher. And we are feeling under-represented in our politics. (see here for details) It is these challenges that have... read more
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NFLD's Food Insecurity Dramatically Reduced

A new study has reported fantastic news from Newfoundland-Labrador! The province is now experiencing the lowest levels of food insecurity of any province in the country, with particular progress seen among those receiving income assistance. This shifts correlates directly with the implementation of NFL's poverty reduction plan. This is wonderful 'upstream'... read more
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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.  read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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First Nations Caring Society: Jordan's Principle

Upstream 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... read more
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Why we're still living with our folks

Originally published by our friends at Gen Squeeze.  Everywhere you look, younger generations are taking the blame for their delayed life choices. “Where Generation Y Is Failing To Launch,” reads the headline of a recent Huffington Post Canada article summarizing the findings of a recent Statistics Canada report on the increasing number of twentysomethings... read more
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Avoiding the ‘Trinity Trap’

Originally published by the Association of Health Care Journalists. Why is it that, when we talk about health promotion, we still get stuck talking about smoking, diet and exercise when we know that social factors have the biggest influence on health outcomes? read more
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Better daycare for $7/day: One province's solution for Canada

Via The Globe and Mail. "Quebec’s program is about more than just affordable daily care. It is a wildly ambitious experiment in society-building – a controversial $2.2-billion bet that better daycare can not only transform child development but also vastly improve the prospects of women and the poor, and build a... read more
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Child care: Why Canada needs to do better at helping all families

  Via The Globe and Mail. As economists, historians and child-development experts have convincingly argued, a family policy that includes affordable, accessible child care is not only a crucial ingredient for a healthy economy in an aging nation banking on the talents – and taxes – of the next generation. It... read more
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