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.

What happens when a group of primary health care providers come together to serve socio-economically deprived populations? Join us to learn about a network of health practitioners that aims to address #SDOH at the individual, clinic, and policy levels.

Dr. Andrew Pinto discusses the potential of AI to improve primary care in this episode of the What Now? AI podcast. He talks about innovative AI projects at Upstream Lab and the importance of regulations to assess bias and reduce health inequities.

Upstream Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. @thiagogtrindade co-authored this comment. 👏 Read the article published in @TheLancet: .

Social isolation is linked to all-cause and premature mortality, poor chronic disease management, and mental health concerns. Our latest study published in @BJGPOpen identified interventions to address social isolation among adults. 🔗

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