In the countryside, the rise of third health places

In the countryside, the rise of third health places

In May 2020, Morgane Lavayssière and Garance Fafa hit the road. The two young speech therapists are tired of their working conditions in Marseille. “When you work as a liberal, you are isolated. The race to act forces us to work crazy hours. And we don’t feel up to the task, because we lack multidisciplinarity,” believes Morgane Lavayssière. The 30-somethings begin a tour of France in a converted van in search of innovations to treat differently. They discover health centers on one side, and third places on the other. Why not bring them together? The two friends settle in Ariège, in a medical desert. And work on “The Keys laughed”a multidisciplinary health center that offers shared gardens, an associative café, conferences, digital access and various workshops.

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Morgane Lavayssière already imagines the future patient base, which she describes as follows: “Colette, 83, comes for her rehabilitation following her stroke: she consults her doctor, her speech therapist, her physio… Then finds other people from the village in the community room. She discusses with Sami: soon to be retired, the sixty-year-old feels a little overwhelmed since his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Two to three times a week, Camille, the village market gardener, sells his organic produce and sometimes leads vegetarian cooking workshops with Maylis, the naturopath. » This concept of hybrid third-place arouses great enthusiasm from the population, but also from the medical profession: the team quickly grew, and today includes, in addition to the two speech therapists, a doctor, a naturopath and a medical secretary.

Multidimensional approach

The structure has joined the Hameaux de santé network, which federates health center projects with a global, ecological, democratic and social approach. Jesse Robert, 28, at the helm of the network, is regularly contacted by health professionals: “Many of us have more or less the same idea at the same time, but without knowing how to set up projects taking into account legal and financial constraints. I am currently following three pilot projects. Not to mention the already existing places that could join the network. »

Thus the Blue swallow, an integrative medicine center in Rebreuviette (Pas-de-Calais) combining conventional medicine and complementary therapies. Amandine Debray, 36, the originator of the project, is also contacted by many doctors wishing to set up innovative care centers. “The concepts are not always the same, but we always find the desire to carry out a collective project, with a more humanistic vision of care”, explains the general practitioner. Her project currently brings together nineteen therapists: naturopaths, sophrologists, osteopaths, reflexologists, hypnotherapists, etc. “plus three other GPs who want to join the team. In the middle of a medical desert, it is not trivial”emphasizes the one who trained in integrative medicine after having worked as a general practitioner for ten years in a multidisciplinary health center. “I felt like I was not providing a lasting solution to the patient, only treating the symptoms”, she continues. With a multidimensional approach, a complete and personalized course of care, the doctor says he found pleasure in his practice: “Third health places can be a way to attract young doctors to medical deserts. The quest for meaning mobilizes more than a bonus or a coercive measure. »

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