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 in MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, part of 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 works. Get to know some of our wonderful community members.

I’m very grateful to have received 2nd place in the @ihspr_cihr poster competition at @CAHSPR and thankful for my wonderful study team and mentors @upstreamlab @AndrewDPinto @IrfanDhalla @KNDainty Kathleen Sheehan and @Brian_M_Wong! https://twitter.com/ihpmeuoft/status/1535289962823917573

IHPME@ihpmeuoft

Congratulations, Alexandra and @victoriaHdavis! https://twitter.com/ihspr_cihr/status/1535270736914440194

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