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National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Glossary of Essential Health Equity Terms

Print date: June 30, 2022

Upstream/downstream

Upstream interventions and strategies focus on improving fundamental social and economic structures in order to decrease barriers and improve supports that allow people to achieve their full health potential.

Downstream interventions and strategies focus on providing equitable access to care and services to mitigate the negative impacts of disadvantage on health.

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