In The Community

Our community consists of not just our physical environment, but also the many institutions and customs that make up our social environment.When we foster diverse, inclusive communities with effective, proactive social services, in harmony with the natural environment, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Good for the economy... but is it good for us?

Yes, Kinder Morgan, pipeline spills are good for the economy. So is cancer, and so are natural disasters like last year’s Calgary flood. But this is no way to measure human progress. So how can we transition to an economy that prioritizes not just commercial goods, but human and environmental... read more
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Rx: Bike-Share Membership

Upstream thinking means considering the key ingredients of healthy communities, and preventing illness at its source. Here's a great example! Boston docs are now able to prescribe 5$ bike-share memberships to low-income patients in need. read more
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We're Asking Healthcare to Fix Something it Didn't Break

When we talk about creating a healthy society, we're not talking about healthcare. Healthcare is what we need when we've failed to keep people healthy. So where do we start? We start upstream. The article below challenges us to consider why we're still asking healthcare to fix something it didn't... read more
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Introducing Hilary

Introducing Hilary Gough, our brand new Director of Community Development. Read on to learn more about Hilary, and if you live in Toronto, check out a unique opportunity to sit down with Hilary and share with her your vision for the Upstream Community.  read more
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Upstream thinking from our friends to the south

We're seeing some great examples of upstream thinking from our friends in Colorado. Here's a piece by Sarah Mapes, director of communications at the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, about the need for upstream initiatives to fight health inequity.  read more
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A ‘birth lottery’ still determines who gets to live longest, healthiest life

Health starts - long before illness - in our homes, schools, and jobs. All of us should have a fair opportunity to make the choices that allow us live a long, healthy life, regardless of where we were born. Unfortunately, many are not given this chance due to social inequality... read more
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"What will it take to make you disobey?": Erica Violet Lee speaking at Saskatoon Change Makers

"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong in the world," Paul Farmer once said. Drawing on those words, Erica Violet Lee of Idle No More speaks from the heart about her work challenging racism colonialism. Her words will give you goosebumps.   read more
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You are about to enter an empowerment zone: Max FineDay speaking at Saskatoon Change Makers

"I don't think I'll ever forget the look on my mother's face when I told her.... I didn't really realize what had happened or the implications of it all until many years later." University of Saskatchewan Students Union President Max Fineday speaks of his experience growing up in Saskatoon, and... read more
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Why Canadians outlive Americans, and why we shouldn’t be so satisfied

The social determinants of health are all over this Globe and Mail piece: "Beyond medical care, we need to address further how social conditions shape health. The countries outperforming us make effective social investments to promote health and well-being among children and adults alike. Just to name two: they provide... read more
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We also need to teach our kids to be active citizens

Do you give to the food bank? Awesome! Now check out this great post by Trish Garner from BC Poverty Reduction about how to 'upstream' that action. (Especially if you live in BC or SK, the last provinces without a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.) read more
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