Helping improve the lives of the most excluded communities

Promote and roll out a health policy for young people and vulnerable families accompanied by Apprentis d’Auteuil

Young people and their struggling families are hardest hit by the inequality of access to care

What is most striking is their psychological suffering.

Vanessa de Lauzainghein, National Sponsorship Manager

Location of Project Whole of France
Name of Association Apprentis d’Auteuil

Issue / local context

Young people and families taken in by Apprentis d’Auteuil are most deeply affected by health inequities, due to their precarious social, financial and relational status. To date, there is a real lack of screening and monitoring of health issues among young people taken into institutions (schools and/or medical centers), which is due to failures in circulating information among professionals and a lack of staff training in detecting and managing disorders, as well as the limited number of health professionals within these institutions. Similarly, although other professionals working with these young people and/or their parents can direct them to free external services (Medical and Psychological Centers), they are overloaded with requests which means that patients have long waits for consultations. As a last resort, young people are referred to private doctors whose fees are not automatically covered by social security.

There is also an increase in depressive and eating disorders and addictive behaviors in young people for whom it is important to act preventatively and with the right responses.

Therefore, to ensure access to health care for the largest number of vulnerable young people, it is essential that the institutions that take them in can offer medical and/or psychological assistance.

Key figures

On the state of health for young people under 30

  • 1 in every 2 young people says at 17 that they have smoked cannabis (ORS)
  • 9.2% of 15-30 years experienced a depressive episode in 2010 , and more than 3% of them report having had suicidal thoughts (INPES) .
  • 55% of young people have already experienced "symptoms of mental difficulty" (anxiety, phobias, depression, paranoia, etc.)22%of in a major way (IPSOS).

Program description

The project supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is based on assessing these health issues so as to design a truly national health policy for all Apprentis d'Auteuil centers (identification of needs, general guidelines, implementation of new practices, organizational development). More than 2,200 young people and families will benefit from this program every year.

The project's objectives

in order to implement a real health assistance policy for vulnerable families, the project includes:

  • diagnosis and evaluation of the Apprentis d’Auteuil health actions
  • training and supporting staff
  • awareness raising/advocacy campaign
  • educational prevention actions for young people and their families
  • support for young people to ensure access to care (educational structures and child care institutions)