A New Frame: Looking Upstream for a Healthier Society
The future economy should serve the needs of people. The best way to measure whether it is doing so is to look at the quality of our lives. The factors that have the biggest effect on our health and wellbeing are income, education, employment, housing, food security, and the wider environment. The upstream approach uses these social determinants of health as the road map to reach the destination of the best health outcomes. This new frame can reach across political lines by establishing a common goal and a novel approach to political and economic decisions.