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Rewrite this content Medintechs, the health innovation fair sponsored by Emmanuel Macron, places great emphasis on Prevention! Interview with Véronique Suissa, member of the strategic council and head of the “Village Prévention” at the show. Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you joined the Medintech Strategic Council? I am a doctor in psychology and Director General of the Agency for Adapted Complementary Medicine (A-MCA), an association that I co-founded with my two colleagues and friends, Serge Guérin, sociologist and Dr Philippe Denormandie, surgeon. The association, a place of reference for complementary and prevention practices, works for the prevention, well-being and sustainable health of citizens. Through research, publications, events or even social and solidarity actions, it aims to reflect, act, inform and democratize around the subject. I joined Medintech on the recommendation of Dr Alain Tolédano, with whom I often talk, a brilliant oncologist who needs no introduction and who founded the Rafael Institute, a nugget of support for cancer patients and of chronic diseases. Alain calls me one day and says ” Véronique, I spoke with Muriel Benitah who has the project to set up a health salon with a few colleagues. They are starting from absolutely nothing, but the project is beautiful and therefore with a few good wills, it will work, it would be good if you joined us ». I didn’t even think about it, and immediately agreed in principle. I quickly spoke with Muriel and I completely subscribed to her vision of the show. Everything went very quickly afterwards because we had barely 8 months to build everything together. From the first meeting, I met some of the members, the three founders (Muriel Bénitah, Dr Julien Shemoul and Jean Melki), Dr Fabrice Denis (oncologist and professor of e-health, associate researcher at the CNRS), David De Amorim (Development Director MesDocteurs) and of course, Dr Alain Tolédano (Oncologist and founder of the Rafael Institute). I was impressed by the members and the quality of the discussions. Very quickly, others joined us such as Anne Jeanblanc (journalist and health editorial manager of the Forums of the weekly Le Point) and Lucas Thierry (Strategic Director Digital Medical Hub APHP). Their expertise was eminently valuable and complementary. Finally, I introduced Pr Gilles Berrut (Geriatrician and researcher at the University Hospital of Nantes and founder of Gérontopôle Pays de la Loire) to Muriel. He is also scientific manager at A-MCA and also became strategic manager at Medintech. We started from nothing, only from the desire to co-construct a collective vision of health and to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Collective intelligence and the synergy of skills are the strength of this show: each member brings his stone, his view in a deep respect for the other, it is undeniably what contributes to the success of the Show, sponsored last year by Olivier Veran and this year by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron. Could you tell us about the Medintech show? Medintechs is a one-of-a-kind show dedicated to the general public, professionals and the business world. It brings together the entire ecosystem and health stakeholders. It promotes all the themes, the ecosystem and innovations in health: research, field actions, digital innovations, support approaches deployed for the benefit of all (general public, patients, professionals, caregivers, caregivers, young people , seniors, etc.). This year, the establishment of villages highlights many themes such as employment, experimentation and prevention. Why and how did you set up a village dedicated to prevention? Prevention is a major subject. It’s the starting point. All members are unanimous on this. However, the subject is not simple because it remains emerging and often reduced to a few fundamental subjects such as sport and food. We wanted to promote the theme from the start but we were thinking about how to do it. The creation of villages, a novelty of the show, gave impetus to the idea. In the same way as the employment village, we felt that prevention was both an innovative and important subject, making it possible to make a village out of it. But we decided late because the actions and priorities overlap within the show which deals with a variety of issues: high-end conferences, quality stands, award ceremony. The founders asked me to be in charge of it, to design it and set it up. If the delay slowed me down a bit, my desire to deal with the subject took precedence. Everything happened very quickly, reflecting the rapid development of the Show! The prevention village is a dynamic, friendly and interactive space which aims to allow visitors to (re)discover, learn, enrich themselves, experiment and share around prevention. It brings together the ecosystem and actors working for prevention (mutual funds, associations, SMEs, large companies, etc.). Its purpose is to promote the major themes of prevention (food, sport, mental health, etc.) and to show that they concern all citizens (general public, patients, employees, young people, seniors, etc.). The Prevention Village is an attractive space that is broken down into stands, thematic interventions, practical workshops, moments of collective sharing and a bookstore entirely dedicated to prevention. What are you going to offer there? The Village aims to offer a particularly dynamic space. To do this, different formats of interventions are offered: “speed interventions” (15min) to define key concepts in a way that is both pragmatic and fun, “practical workshops” (30min) to allow visitors to experiment concretely prevention or even “interactions with the public” to promote moments of collective and convivial exchanges. It seemed essential to me to offer formats that are both tangible and easy to access for visitors who will have a lot to discover in this beautiful show. My challenge is to have a full representativeness of the subject of prevention, not to reduce it to its fundamental binomial sport / diet and to integrate other essential themes such as mental health or quality of life. at work but also to include other less expected subjects such as housing and digital technology. An attractive program The program devotes on average 2h/day to the interventions. Focuses are offered on key themes such as food, sport, stress management, housing or even digital health. For example, a speed intervention on the concept of lifestyles is followed by a sports workshop and finally concludes with a moment of discussion around the theme. In addition, various stands are at the heart of the space to represent the diversity of prevention themes. Start-ups, associations, mutuals, companies are all actors integrated into this village and attentive to each visitor. The speakers are also plural: doctors, sports teachers, chefs, founders of associations, etc. Finally, a small bookstore entirely dedicated to prevention is also permanently accessible to the public. It is not easy to build a space in the Space but that was the challenge of the Prevention Village and the other pretty villages of the show! With the founders and the members of the strategic council, we have opted for short formats to allow visitors to enrich themselves with the variety of topics and actors at the show. Interview by Sylvain Talon Article published on 01/23/2023 at 02:57 | Read 1215 times and and more content about the health fair which gives pride of place to prevention: