Blogging Mozambique 2: Life in the Developing Ward

Upstream Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Meili, is in Mozambique this summer as part of a program that gives medical students an opportunity to work with underserved populations and get a better understanding of the social determinants of health! Back in 2010, when Ryan was on a similar trip coordinating the program, he took some time to blog about his experience.

We’re going to share a few of those experiences with you here, some four years later.

Wishing all the best to Ryan, Mahli, Abraham, and the students!

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Thoughts on Storytelling

Do you remember the last time you heard a story that really stuck with you?

Maybe it was something you read in the news, or a first person account from someone you know. Maybe it was a movie, a book, a parable, or an oral history.

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Blogging Mozambique 1: Introduction

Upstream Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Meili, is in Mozambique this summer as part of a program that gives medical students an opportunity to work with underserved populations and get a better understanding of the social determinants of health! Back in 2010, when Ryan was on a similar trip coordinating the program, he took some time to blog about his experience.

We’re going to share a few of those experiences with you here, some four years later.

Wishing all the best to Ryan, Mahli, Abraham, and the students!

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Upstream: #SendMeToGenMo

Upstream wants to send you to Generating Momentum 2014!

#SendMeToGenMo

Want to go to Generating Momentum 2014? We do! Read on to learn more about Generating Momentum and find out how to be entered to have Upstream send you to GenMo! 

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Refugee decision a victory for compassion and common sense in Canadian health care

The latest blog from Upstream Director Ryan Meili on recent court decisions about refugee health care.

 

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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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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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Upstream: Talking differently about health

Social factors play a significant role in determining whether we will be healthy or ill. Our health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health outcomes. This has been understood for centuries, and empirically validated in recent decades with study after study demonstrating health inequalities between wealthy and disadvantaged populations. 

Yet political conversations about health still tend to fall into familiar traps. When we talk about health we return by reflex to doctors and nurses, hospitals and pharmacies. And when we talk about politics — the field of endeavour with the greatest impact on what determines health outcomes — a narrow and economistic outlook seems to trump any attempts to address those social determinants.

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