Individual-level interventions (micro)

Interventions at the micro-level are focused on meeting the social needs of individuals and families and typically address material deprivation.

addressInG iNcome securITy in primary carE (IGNITE) Study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial [2017-2019]. Paper describing this program here.

Using electronic medical record data on health and social determinants to improve HIV primary care: an audit and feedback study [2017-2019]

Evaluating the implementation and impact of a medical-legal partnership in a Canadian primary care setting [2017-2019]. Paper describing this program here.

Screening for Poverty And Related social determinants and intervening to improve Knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK) Study [2018-2022]

Completed projects:

  • Implementation and impact of an online tool to improve the income security of patients [2016-2018]. Protocol available here. Media story here.
  • EMployment and Better Employment through Relationships (EMBER): A pilot intervention [2017]
  • Effective interventions within health care settings for assisting patients to gain employment: A systematic review [2016-2017]. Paper available here.

Organizational- or neighbourhood-level interventions (meso)

Interventions at the meso-level are focused on making change in the community in which health care is embedded, typically engaging large parts of the community, including citizens who may not be patients of the health care centre.

Completed projects:

  • Building the economic resiliency of communities: exploring the acceptability and feasibility of establishing a time bank in St. James Town [2015-2017]

Population-level interventions (macro)

Interventions at the macro-level are focused on achieving policy change and engage health providers and public health professionals in advocacy with communities.

Completed projects:

  • A case study of advocacy on a social determinant of health: Ontario’s Decent Work and Health Network [2016-2017]


Projects led by other investigators with collaborators at The Upstream Lab

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