By Ryan Meili
Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations and had, among other goals, an agenda to assist public health pioneer Sir Michael Marmot in making such issues central to his upcoming role as president of the World Medical Association.
I sat down with Sir Michael to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change.Read more
Contrary to conventional economic wisdom, inequality is no friend of the economy. Recently, the OECD estimated that increases in inequality in Canada during the 1990s are now costing our economy about $62 billion annually. That’s over 3% of GDP!Read more
On March 3, Upstream made the Financial Post.
More specifically, a graphic we made about income inequality and health appeared above an article by Peter Shawn Taylor.
However, there were some pretty big holes in Taylor's assertions. Today, Ryan Meili addresses these gaps in his rebuttal in the Financial Post.
By Dr. Trevor Hancock
Among the most essential determinants of our health is food. Only air and water are more vital.
At a bare minimum, we need enough food to ensure we don’t starve, and we also need enough of all the right components (protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals) to keep us healthy. Starvation and malnutrition, it goes without saying, are bad for our health.Read more
By Nick Saul, President + CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
Every community in Canada should have a welcoming space where people can come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. Community Food Centres provide people with emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their tastebuds and help them make healthier food choices. Community members gain new skills, self-confidence, friends and support. Over a healthy meal, neighbours can meet, talk, and start sparking action on issues affecting their lives, like income, housing, and other social determinants of health.Read more
By Danyaal Raza
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with my physician colleagues Ryan Meili and Ritika Goel at Upstream’s first major public event in Toronto. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Wellesley Institute and MassLBP, over 200 attendees filed into the Li Ka Shing’s main auditorium. Some even had to find extra chairs in aisles at the lecture hall’s edge.Read more
This piece by Cameron Dearlove launched a series called “The View From Upstream,” on The Community Edition. This series of columns will seek to answer the following questions: if the social determinants of health hold such promise, what are we doing locally, provincially, and nationally to apply these ideas? How do we rewrite conventional wisdom so that governments, institutions and communities are using the powerful social determinants framework to encourage longer, healthier, happier lives?Read more
Last week, a major victory was won for worker's rights in a precedent setting decision handed down by the Supreme Court. The ruling determined that the Saskatchewan's Public Service Essential Service Act (Bill 5) is unconstitutional because it violates workers’ rights as laid out in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Read more
A blog by Dave McGrane
When we first saw that positive symbol on the pregnancy test, letting us know we were expecting our first child, there was no doubt in our minds who would be the first to know. Who was that first call? Our prospective childcare centre, where we were successfully placed on the waiting list. Our joyful news wasn’t shared with parents, family or friends until weeks later.Read more
This blog comes to us from Denae Stegeman, an education student at the U of S. Denae bravely shares her story of struggle in the education system from a young age through until today, where she is making change and empowering her students as an educator.Read more