Improving health through upstream social interventions

Research, education, and policy change

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The Upstream Lab is a non-profit research lab based at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are dedicated to improving health and well-being of the population through addressing issues related to social determinants of health.

Who We Are

What are the social determinants of health?

According to WHO, social determinants of health (SDOH) are non-medical factors that have an influence on our health, particularly the social and economic conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age. Some examples include income and social status, job insecurity, food insecurity, and education. SDOH also includes the wider system that can foster health inequity, such as discriminative policies and social norms, and historical trauma.

Our Research Streams

Integrating Health and Social Care

Interventions addressing social needs of individuals in healthcare settings.

Population Health Management

Interventions addressing social needs at community and policy levels.

Data to Enable a Learning Health System

Leveraging data and technology to improve the health systems.

Our Collaborators

Community Members

Our lab works with many incredible and diverse individuals who provided valuable insights on our projects. Get to know some of our wonderful community members.

💻 @CPHA_ACSP and @VCHhealthcare will host a webinar on Advocating for population health: The role of public health practitioners in the age of #AI.

🗓️April 8 at 1pm ET/10 am PT


.@UofT just launched a new podcast, "What now? AI."
Tune in to hear experts like Dr. @AndrewDPinto, family physician at St. Michael's Hospital and director of @upstreamlab, talk about how #AI is transforming fields like health care.

In 2020, we conducted a study to understand the work conditions of Personal Support Workers #PSWs in #GTA. Surveys of more than 600 PSWs showed the need for better compensation, job security and mental health support. #WHWWeek2024 #WorldHealthWorkersWeek

A stellar group of speakers will gather in Montreal for our public forum April 23 to talk about #HealthData, #HealthEquity, trust & privacy, incl. @AndrewDPinto @HarlanPruden @kimchspr @amaybee @paprica_alison @jfredmenard @maie_lynn & more!

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