Solutions Network: Early Interventions Through Integrated Care

A best start to address childhood socioeconomic adversity and promote a lifetime of health and well-being

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Access to Health Care

Child and Youth Health

Solutions Networks

MAP has launched 10 collaborative solutions networks with a common goal: to effect real-world social change by co-designing and demonstrating what works to address critical urban health challenges in our communities. Learn more

In childhood — and even in the womb — socioeconomic factors (including family income, housing stability, food security and access to health care) can profoundly affect not only our immediate health and development, but also our lifetime risk of disease.

These long-term health effects can be negative, but research shows that they can also be prevented. The key is intervening early with the right programs and services for children and families facing socioeconomic adversity.

The first step to early intervention is early identification through screening. Although multiple studies have examined models for screening children and families for socioeconomic challenges, universal screening for social risk is not traditionally part of routine health care in Canada. In addition, after screening, clear pathways don’t always exist to help care providers consistently connect families with existing services.

The Solution

A better, more integrated model of medical care is possible in Canada, but it requires a road map. We are co-designing an innovative model of care that facilitates universal socioeconomic screening, early intervention, and long-term follow-up for children and families facing socioeconomic adversity.

Our goal is to demonstrate how socioeconomic screening and intervention can — and should — be integrated into routine medical care for children and families in Canada.

Access to Health Care

Child and Youth Health

Solutions Networks

Dr. Andrew Pinto

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab at MAP, a research team focused on tackling social determinants of health, population health management, and using data science to enable proactive care. He holds the CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Upstream Prevention. Dr. Pinto is a scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver

Dr. Cohen-Silver's research focuses on paediatric social determinants of health screening and intervention, and school-based health services in disadvantaged communities.


Contact Info

Pinky Hapsari

Research Coordinator