“Knowledge translation is a key part of all research, but is absolutely vital to achieving the ambitious mission of the Upstream Lab: to reorient healthcare to consider and intervene on social determinants. We have long known that factors such as income, housing and employment make a big difference in individual and collective health. But we lack evidence-based interventions and service models that consider all facets of health, and that fully integrate health and social care. The PSI Graham Farquharson KT Fellowship will support me in studying how robust data on social determinants can improve patient care, how novel interventions can address social needs, and how organizations can change their culture through quality improvement. This work will also get patients and communities involved in setting the agenda to ensure that their views and priorities are at the heart of our efforts to tackle social determinants.”
The PSI Foundation is delighted to announce Dr. Andrew Pinto of the University of Toronto as the 2019 PSI Graham Farquharson KT Fellow. The Fellowship provides $100,000 per year for three years and helps protect a new, promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research.
Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of The Upstream Lab, where he leads a team to design and rigorously evaluate interventions that address the social determinants of health. These are the daily living conditions that strongly predict who is healthy and who becomes sick. Dr. Pinto works with patients, health providers, community services and policymakers to develop interventions at the individual, organization, neighbourhood and population level. Dr. Pinto is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. He completed his residency at the University of Toronto and his Master’s in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Commonwealth Scholar. Currently, he is a Scientist in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.