We can't afford poverty. Stop the cuts.

"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Downstream disaster: the Husky Oil Spill and the social determinants of health

The upstream metaphor — for a better way to think about maintaining a healthy society — may never ring more true than it does right now in Saskatchewan.

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Upstream Radio: The Precarity Problem

After decades of policies of deregulation for the fantasy of trickle-down economics, we've created such a gap of wealth, and health, that we can't ignore anymore.

With more and more Canadians working in temporary, casual and part-time jobs than ever, the precarity problem has risen to the top of our political and social agenda. In this fourth episode of Upstream Radio, Jared Knoll speaks with Andrew Cash and Dr. Ritika Goel to dive deep into these critical issues.

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Public health must address our most 'wicked problems'

Dr. David Butler-Jones was the first Chief Public Health Officer of Canada holding the position from 2004 to 2014. He is returning to Saskatchewan to speak to an audience brought together by the Saskatchewan Public Health Association on June 9th.

Upstream's Ryan Meili caught Dr. Butler-Jones on the phone recently to chat about the state of Public Health and it's role in addressing the 'wicked problems' our society faces.

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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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