Light Bulb Moments - Contribution Guide

Most health professionals have some point in their career where all of a sudden, a lightbulb seems to turn on.

It happens often and powerfully with nurses, who spend so much time and emotional energy with their patients, that eventually, inevitably, there will come a time when they see that the greatest sources of our sickness, or our health, are not microbial or behavioural. They're social, political and economic.

We want to help you tell the story of when this first happened to you. It can focus on your own perspective, or the lives and experiences of your patients. Keep reading for a useful list of these social determinants of health, and the questions you can ask yourself to get the ball rolling.

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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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Upstream Applauds AGPR Recommendations for Poverty Reduction

Upstream is encouraged by the recommendations, released today, by the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction and urges the Government to adopt and implement these recommendations to the benefit of all Saskatchewan residents.

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A Legacy Worth Building On

This blog is by David White, President of the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation.

David reflects on Canadian history and how addressing the social determinants of health has been at the heart of the work of some great Canadians.

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Social Change is at the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with CMA President Chris Simpson Part 2

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.

Among the attendees was Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Chris Simpson. I sat down with Dr. Simpson to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change.

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Reaping What We've Sown: Canada's Health Profile Continues to Decline

By Dennis Raphael

Today’s reality is the result of yesterday’s decisions. The health of Canadians today is greatly influenced by the policy decisions made at the end of the last century. Our declining health status as a nation is the direct downstream effect of bad choices.

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Social change is at the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with CMA president Chris Simpson

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. 

Among the attendees was Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Chris Simpson. I sat down with Dr. Simpson to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change. 

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How to make the Social Determinants of Health Matter: An Interview with Sir Michael Marmot

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.

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Three signs someone is misleading you about income inequality in Canada

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!

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Counterpoint: Growing income gap a health risk

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. 

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