At Work

We spend most of our waking hours engaged in some form of work. Our income, working conditions, and education have a tremendous impact on our health outcomes. When everyone has access to high-quality education, to meaningful work, and to a decent income, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Good Health is Good Business

Health begins in the everyday spaces of our lives. Check out this great infographic from The Public Health Institute. "A healthy, thriving workforce makes for a healthier business. Investing in health improves productivity and makes businesses stronger."    read more
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What happens when low-wage workers suddenly get a living wage?

When we start thinking health in upstream terms, we can see the implementation of a living wage as a long-term investment in the well-being of our communities! Read about the impact of a living wage for 5 of the 1,400 World Resort Casino employees who went from earning $10 an hour... read more
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Failing Economy, Failing Health

“It’s quite stunning we haven’t been hearing more about this...“We talk about poverty and inequality resulting from the recession, but we do not take the next step. We do not extend that logic to the effects on health.” read more
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Extending the Responsibilities for Schools Beyond The School Door

Want to see more students thrive in school? Here's a solid list of upstream factors that, addressed proactively, would dramatically improve students' experience of the education system. read more
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Grants replace student loans in Newfoundland & Labrador

Fantastic 'upstream' news out of Newfoundland and Labrador! "Following this year’s provincial budget, announced March 27, provincial student loans are being replaced on a go-forward basis with non-repayable grants, eliminating the provincial portion of student debt for students from Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2014 budget also removes all interest on... read more
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Remedy for poverty tragically discarded

“'We lose billions of dollars each year trying to address the health and social consequences of poverty after it takes its toll rather than preventing it in the first place.' Surely, the preventative, forward-thinking approach is best. I maintain a guaranteed livable income is a potent force for spreading equality... read more
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Daddy Track: The Case for Paternity Leave

How "daddy days" make for healthier families and more equal work-places - Liza Mundy makes the case for paternity leave in The Atlantic: "But here’s what men may not realize: While paid paternity leave may feel like an unexpected gift, the biggest beneficiaries aren’t men, or even babies. In the... read more
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Time to leave GDP behind

Great article from Nature on how it's time to drop the Gross Domestic Product as a measure of success and adopt a new metric. "GDP measures mainly market transactions. It ignores social costs, environmental impacts and income inequality. If a business used GDP-style accounting, it would aim to maximize gross... read more
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How poverty is killing us

John Millar and Laurel Rothman for on how poverty affects the health of us all, with those living in poverty bearing the brunt of it. "Here’s what the evidence tells us. The stress of worrying about the basics of life lowers the body’s defences against disease. As a result,... read more
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The majority of Ontario residents think poverty—and privilege—are contributing to ill health

Good news: a recent study by Toronto's Centre for Research on Inner-City Health finds that the majority of Ontario residents correctly believe that poverty is a major contributor to ill health. read more
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