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?”