Upstream Lab Speaker Series: Episode 2

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

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Join the upcoming episode of the Upstream Lab Speaker Series to hear from professors, who are also physicians, about 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 A Doobay-Persaud is an internal medicine specialist in Illinois, USA 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.

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the Founder & Director of the Upstream Lab, a non-profit research lab in Canada tackling issues related to social determinants of health. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions. Dr. Pinto is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

About Us

The Upstream Lab is a non-profit research lab based at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are dedicated to improving health and well-being of the population through addressing issues related to social determinants of health. Visit our website to learn more:

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April 27, 2023

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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