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.

Investment in education is preventative medicine

In most developed parts of the world, education is considered an investment — not an expense. Dr. Pak Tee Ng recently spoke at a convention of Canadian educators, and explained that in his home city-state Singapore, education never suffers cut backs in times of economic downturn. In fact, school funding... read more
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Fanning the flames of core neighbourhood resilience

Andrew Hatala has been running a core neighbourhood project for the past two years, together with Kelley Bird-Naytowhow and Tamara Pearl in Saskatoon. They wanted to explore the relationships between resilience, well-being and culture among Indigenous youth. They discovered some exciting and inspiring results from these kids — on display... read more
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Lessons from the land

I come from a background that's both urban and prairie, in pretty equal measures. These different settings gave me a land-based perspective, and one that's more in-line with the more conventional 'Western' education system. They don't need to be mutually exclusive. read more
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Action-driven education can make stronger, healthier citizens

"What's your philosophy of education?" I was asked this question repeatedly as an education student, before I had any idea how daunting it would be to actually lead a classroom. Each time I thought, "But when will I learn how to teach?" read more
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There's a health gap in Canadian education

“Health promotion supports personal and social development through providing information, education for health, and enhancing life skills… Action is required through educational, professional, commercial and voluntary bodies, and within the institutions themselves” – The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986 read more
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Patients' voices matter in Canadian health care

How do we measure a health care system? Should we examine re-admissions, wait-times, or medical errors? The numbers are necessary for assessment and quality improvement purposes, but no amount of data, no algorithm however complex, can capture the patient experience. read more
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The way forward

On Monday, October 19th, Canadians went to the polls for the 42nd time, electing a new federal government. Upstream is best described as 'non-partisan, but hyper-political'. Our primary concern is to see health take the primary place in public discourse it deserves. This means paying close attention to the platforms... read more
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Elect for the health, happiness and prosperity of Canadians

There’s been a lot of talk about cultural differences and national security during the election, but little attention paid to the kinds of policies that could directly impact the health and happiness of Canadians. Here, we propose three public policy changes that, if taken seriously at the federal level, could... read more
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This election can end Canada's dark age

When you think about scientific research, its association to politics may not be the first thing to cross your mind. But it’s important for us to seriously consider the need for good quality, available evidence as we head to the polls on October 19th.  read more
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Upstream Radio: #Vote4Health in #Elxn42

Brendan Flaherty from the CBC joins Upstream's Ryan Meili and Jared Knoll to discuss what we can do with our vote this election, to determine community and individual health in Canada's future. Click here for Upstream Radio on iTunes — Please subscribe, and leave us a rating. Embedded podcast not appearing... read more
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