Social determinants of health: experiences of educators in Canada, USA, and Scotland

April 27, 2023

April 27, 2023 (Thursday) | 12 -1 pm EDT | Online

For the second episode of the Upstream Lab Speaker Series, we invited professors, who are also physicians, to share their experiences teaching the social determinants of health in Canada, the USA, and Scotland.


Tune in to learn

  • Why is teaching about social determinants so important for future physicians and others?
  • What have been some of the challenges?
  • What has seemed to really work – at least for certain students – that inspires them to think in a different way?
  • How is medical education linked to changing the health system to be more oriented upstream?



Dr. Ashti Doobay-Persaud is an internal medicine specialist in Chicago, IL and has over 16 years of experience in the medical field. She has taught cases for medical students as part of the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. Dr. Doobay-Persaud is also the Co-Director of the Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University.

Dr. David Blane is the Academic Lead for the Deep End GP project in Scotland, a collaboration between academics and frontline GPs working in areas of concentrated socio-economic disadvantage. Within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, he is the Co-Lead for the Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities theme. Since 2010, he has been involved in the Deep End project, which represents GPs working in the most socio-economically deprived practices in Scotland.


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