The Upstream Lab

Interventions that tackle social factors, to improve individual and population health



Taking action to address COVID-19

Key COVID-19 Projects:

  1. EMPOWER: Work conditions and health of Personal Support Workers (PSWs)
  2. SPARK Study & collection of data on race and other social determinants
  3. COVID-19 Social Resources project


The Upstream Lab is dedicated to:

  • Incubating novel interventions that tackle social factors that impact on health, in collaboration with patients, health providers, community organizations and policymakers
  • Rigorous evaluation of interventions, using a variety of methods
  • Sharing our findings widely
  • Training “upstreamists” to become change agents

The Upstream Lab was founded in 2016 to bring together a number of linked projects and initiatives. We are based in MAP (Centre for Urban Health Solutions) at Unity Health Toronto.


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