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 by Dr. Andrew Pinto to bring together a number of linked projects and initiatives. It is based in MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The Upstream Lab was developed to create a space to advance thinking, research, education and collaboration around addressing the social determinants of health.