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.

SK Public Looking Upstream for Better Health

Saskatoon residents are looking upstream for better health, says a recently published public opinion poll. The report indicates that 80% of respondents listed income as the most important factor affecting health. This is an encouraging upstream shift from 2006 data where nearly all respondents (98%) listed nutritious food as the... read more
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Three Ideas to Improve Canadian Healthcare

“Health care is one thing that affects health, but there are many more powerful forces at play in determining whether or not people grow up and age in good health.” Dr. Danielle Martin has three big ideas to improve Canadian health care, and they have 'upstream-thinking' written all over them.... read more
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Let's talk... Moving upstream

We are loving the upstream language we are seeing over at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. This great organization is committed to equipping the Canadian public health community with the resources and knowledge they need to address the social determinants of health. Take a look below at... read more
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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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