Reconciliation is a public health imperative

"All these seeds we are planting now, and the federal government's doing it under the auspices of trying to save money, but it really is fool's gold what they're saving because the World Health Organization shows us that for every dollar a government spends on a child, they can expect to save up to $20 downstream in not having to pay for addiction services, mental health services, hospitals, prisons, those kind of things."

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Looking to behaviour 'won't change much' for our health

We know the best approaches to improve Canadian health are those that address the root causes — preventing, instead of treating — but we still get caught up focusing on behaviour, and 'magical thinking'. Let's break out of the trinity trap.

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Food waste and food insecurity in Canada

Diverting food waste to charitable food programs will not address food insecurity in Canada.

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Look upstream to improve mental health

Our headlines are flooded with mental health crises. It's time to address the real root causes.

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To cure hunger, prescribe income

In this ninth episode of Upstream Radio, we zoom out and look to the deepest sources of hunger and food insecurity, and what can be done to address these urgent Canadian public health crises.

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Better food in schools improves education and health

Education and food are absolutely fundamental to a healthy life. So why in a country as progressive and wealthy as Canada, do we still have such a hard time putting these two things together?

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Public health should not be part of health care

It used to be the case in much of Canada that public health units were autonomous or semi-autonomous organizations at the local level, often aligned with and sometimes part of local government.

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Why did Mary die? Dig deep to find causes

In some ways, public health is like that annoying kid who is always asking: “Why?” Why did this person become sick? Why did they die? It’s a bit like peeling an onion — there is always another layer to the story, another reason why.

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Thinking large and small in the inner city

A roof over our head. Enough to eat. Income and decent work to support a life.  These are a lot more important to our health than pharmaceuticals and hospitals.

In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstream thinker and ally Dr. Ritika Goel explores some of her experiences as an inner city doctor in Toronto.

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Reconnect food and health

Hunger isn't an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.

- Jacques Diouf

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