Christine Theodoloz-Walker

Ashoka Fellow
Sion, Switzerland
Fellow Since 2008

IDÉE

Avec IPT, Christine Théodoloz-Walker a transformé la façon dont les systèmes publics et privés suisses soutiennent les personnes ayant perdu leur emploi en raison de leur état de santé. Christine a créé, de façon révolutionnaire, une méthode pour aider les gens à retourner sur le marché du travail, et a transformé le système de protection sociale en Suisse en utilisant un modèle qui peut facilement s’appliquer dans d’autres contextes européens et au-delà.

 

IMPACT

Il y a 20 bureaux de la fondation IPT en Suisse, et 8000 entreprises à travers le pays  supportent l’organisation. Jusqu’à présent, des dizaines de milliers de travailleurs ont été placés grâce à IPT permettant ainsi d’économiser des milliards de francs suisses.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Initialement assistante dans un cabinet d’avocats, elle se concentre sur les réclamations d’assurance, puis elle a joué un rôle au niveau national pour la politique des soins de santé. Plus tard, Christine a travaillé en tant que coordinatrice au sein de l’Association nationale des docteurs. Christine rejoint la fondation IPT en 1991. Alors proche de la faillite et en cours d’investigation pour mauvaise gestion, Christine rétablit la situation financière et pilote l’approche de gestion des cas qui servira plus tard de référence à l’échelle nationale. Christine est maintenant à la retraite.

Citation

This profile was prepared when Christine Theodoloz-Walker was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Christine has developed an individualized process to accompany those in Switzerland denied employment due to ill health. Believing that everyone is employable, Christine works to understand their abilities and supports them to re-enter the workforce. With an assortment of innovative tools, she offers personalized evaluations, coaching, training, and work placements to thousands of Swiss people each year, and is shifting their energy from seeking an appropriate insurance scheme to finding a job. Over the past twelve years, Christine has refined and improved her methodology and intervened at the earliest stage of people’s health problems in order to prevent them from falling into unemployment and dependency.

By focusing on individuals, Christine has built IPT’s neutral position. With a case management approach, she has formed partnerships with all public and private stakeholders who subsidize, support, and potentially employ people in her target group (social aid, employment agencies, public and private invalidity insurance, and businesses) and engages them on the path to employment. Because she identifies and strengthens their competencies, she has given the business sector access to a vast, untapped workforce of highly motivated if not perfectly healthy persons. Christine has placed tens of thousands of workers in long-term employment and demonstrated the employ-ability of assisted groups.

In 2002, Christine managed to convince the world’s largest reinsurance company of the economic value of her work, and of the hundreds of millions of Swiss Francs they and society were being saved. Though insurance companies and public institutions initially contracted out to her to handle complex cases, they have progressively taken on her best practices and shifted their mission. This shift in private practices eventually forced the public sector to recognize IPT’s impact, and led to reform of the 2008 Swiss Invalidity Insurance Law; shifting social aid from assistance to support for job re-entry through an improved provision of public social services. Having partnered with a number of international insurance and reinsurance companies, Christine is seeking the best ways to trigger similar changes in neighboring countries and across Europe.
The Problem
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The Person

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