Social resources during COVID-19

By Jillian Macklin, MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto & Rachelle Perron, RN and eMHI candidate at the University of Toronto What did we do? The Upstream Lab worked with the Centre for Effective Practice and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto to develop the COVID-19 Social CareContinue reading “Social resources during COVID-19”

Collecting data on race during COVID-19: Recommendations

Last week, evidence emerged from the US that COVID-19 outcomes may be associated with race. Our COVID-19 page provides more detail. Briefly, numerous jurisdictions reported that Black individuals were significantly over-represented in COVID-19 related deaths. Some very early data has been brought together by the CDC. This led to many people asking: Are the sameContinue reading “Collecting data on race during COVID-19: Recommendations”

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”