The A-MCA has just made a change in its presidency. Why this transfer?
Dr Adrian Chaboche – This handover, which takes place as naturally and spontaneously as possible, depends on a set of factors.
First of all, the founding trio of theA-MCA has carried out colossal work over the past three years. Everyone wants to see the A-MCA open up to new thoughts. The former president becomes honorary president, which also allows us to move forward in a coherent, synergistic and virtuous manner.
The A-MCA and the Vitruve Center have, moreover, always been in close contact. We first rubbed shoulders and then worked together. The fruit of this integrative work, this human complicity and shared values, this desire to develop complementary practices in a suitable framework, led to this handover to open the A-MCA to new horizons.
Véronique Suissa – Over the last three years, with the two other co-founders of the A-MCA, we have been in a logic of structuring the issues, the activity, the missions of the agency, while implementing its development through creation of the Citizen Network, the Practitioner Network and even professional spaces.
The foundation having now been laid, we find ourselves today in a pivotal period with the internal desire to drive a new dynamic involving in particular an opening towards the international or even a greater affirmation of the links between the A-MCA and prevention as well as sustainable and integrative health.
Adapted complementary practices are, from our point of view, a real lever in favor of health within the meaning of the World Health Organization (WHO) and European resolutions which support, just like us, the quality of these practices used. by almost one in two French people.
In this context, the change of president was obvious, especially since as co-founder of the Vitruve Center, Dr. Chaboche has strong and undeniable expertise on the subject. Without forgetting that since the creation of the A-MCA, it has always supported its action.
We were therefore very enthusiastic to learn that he wanted to run for president, and even more excited about his unanimous election.
What will be the relationship between the president, a doctor, and the general director, a clinical psychologist?
Véronique Suissa – The articulation will be similar to that which pre-existed, but extended to other perspectives. Basically, Dr. Chaboche chairs the board of directors, and I oversee the operational part.
The missions and operation of the A-MCA remain the same. But we are going to adopt a stronger logic of co-construction between our duo, in conjunction with the board of directors, the various councils of the A-MCA and our scientific managers – Professor Antoine Bioy and Professor Gilles Berrut, Editor’s note – in order to collectively carry out the strategy, major actions and priorities, which we wish to drive collectively.
In other words, we are designing the future in strong cooperation with the A-MCA ecosystem, whose valuable expertise contributes to its development and influence.
As soon as Adrian Chaboche was appointed, our first actions consisted of organizing a series of discussions and meetings with each of the stakeholders, always with this desire to move forward coherently, in a common direction.
Dr Adrian Chaboche – Beyond this internal organization, our pair makes sense from a strategic point of view. Because looking at our current health system, we are sitting on a Cartesian divide which persists between the human sciences on one side, and health on the other.
We want to overcome this gap between professionals with the same ambition, namely, to treat the population. This articulation of professional values is also manifested strategically, in an alliance of different field experiences.
That of Véronique Suissa as a clinical psychologist, having carried out research on MCA and responsible for the development of AMCA; and mine as a general practitioner, hypnotherapist and founder of the Vitruve Center.
Between his expertise and mine, we will create bridges because we both defend the bio-psycho-social care of the individual, this global and integrative health.
What are the challenges faced by the A-MCA for tomorrow?
Véronique Suissa – Our main challenge is to continue strengthening access to information and prevention for the general public in particular.
We initiated work with our citizen network. From a societal point of view, we intend to continue identifying qualified practitioners as part of our selection process; because one of the problems for users is to have clear benchmarks.
Finally, we want to open the A-MCA internationally, with partnerships currently being signed.
Dr Adrian Chaboche – This renewal of presidency thus contributes to strengthening the actions known and already established by the A-MCA, namely the improvement of health prevention actions, in a safe and qualitative approach.
Working with citizens is a value promoted by the A-MCA that we also wish to affirm and further deploy in order to get as close as possible to what they want.
Finally, we intend to place the A-MCA in economic, administrative, strategic and human viability in order to guarantee its long-term existence, and thus work to bring different medicines together.
What are they regarding the triptych defended by the A-MCA, namely “growing up well”, “living well”, and “aging well”?
Dr Adrian Chaboche – This triptych constitutes the representation most audible to all, namely prevention in all its forms with the search for a state of complete well-being.
To bring about this “new” culture, “easy” progress must still be made in order to promote more humanistic health based in particular on the resources that each person possesses within themselves.
Striving towards overall well-being remains complicated because it implies a better knowledge of human beings. However, if we slept a little more, ate a little better and did a little more sport, this general well-being would allow us to “heal” even before being ill and protect ourselves from risks.
It’s concrete. Beyond simply surviving or saving lives, this approach allows us to develop collective and individual autonomy.
Véronique Suissa – The challenge regarding this triptych also consists of providing benchmarks for citizens seeking access to these practices, and responding more concretely to their health needs.
We must therefore adhere to national health and social recommendations relating, for example, to physical activity for young people, diet, quality of life at work, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
“Taking care of yourself” starts young so you can age well. The European Union and the WHO already make numerous recommendations in this area, and France must take advantage of them to finally apply them.
We intend to act at our level and contribute concretely to the well-being of people. Complementary practices are not an end in themselves. We must manage to place them within the framework of a sustainable and integrative health issue.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is not based on an MCA as such but on a global path. It is this movement that the A-MCA carries, it is its reason for being.
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