Community Health Workers to address unmet social needs: RCT

Our Upstream Lab journal club focused on this interesting study: Effect of community health worker support on clinical outcomes of low-income patients across primary care facilities: a randomized clinical trial (JAMA Intern Med 2018; 178(12): 1635-1643). This is led by Dr. Shreya Kangovi, who is the founding director of the Penn Centre for Community HealthContinue reading “Community Health Workers to address unmet social needs: RCT”

Negative RCT of health care hotspotting in NEJM: What outcomes are important?

At the Upstream Lab, we’ve started up a regular journal club as part of our weekly meetings. We’ll be sharing a brief summary here on our blog. This week we looked at this study: Health care hotspotting – a randomized controlled trial (NEJM 2020; 382: 152-162). This was also the focus of discussion last weekContinue reading “Negative RCT of health care hotspotting in NEJM: What outcomes are important?”

Tools for upstream thinkers: 5 tips for effective policy briefs

by Madeleine Bondy, 2019 summer student at the Upstream Lab Too often researchers are not reaching out to those in government. As a young researcher and future physician, I’m curious about how to best influence the policies that impact the social determinants of health. Translating research into action is a key part of our workContinue reading “Tools for upstream thinkers: 5 tips for effective policy briefs”

“Swimming upstream” in primary care to address health disparities

By Andrew Pinto, director of The Upstream Lab Recently, I hosted a medical student in my family medicine clinic in downtown Toronto. She had heard me speak about the social determinants of health (SDoH), and wanted to see how I put these ideas into practice. As we reviewed the patients we’d see that day, weContinue reading ““Swimming upstream” in primary care to address health disparities”

Can we learn financial resiliency from our peers?

Studying an innovative financial empowerment program that includes building advocacy skills by Madeleine Bondy, MPH practicum student at The Upstream Lab Many Canadians find it difficult to make ends meet with about half of us living from pay cheque to pay cheque. Although financial planning experts abound, services are often unavailable to those with lowContinue reading “Can we learn financial resiliency from our peers?”