UPCOMING: Summer School and Consortium Meeting in Freiburg

The next meeting of the HLCA consortium will take place in Freiburg, September 29th & 30th, 2016 under the topic of  Half-time of HLCA under the Framework of Health Inequalities: Projects Findings and Recent Developments. Previous to the consortium meeting, a summer school will be organized.


Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order): Ullrich Bauer (Bielefeld University) Uwe H. Bittlingmayer (responsible), Eva-Maria Bitzer (University of Education Freiburg), Orkan Okan, Paulo Pinheiro (Bielefeld University) Luis Saboga-Nunes (New University of Lisbon), Diana Sahrai (FHNW University of Education Basel)

The general objectives of the summer school 2016 in Freiburg is to inform national and international MA-students and PhD-candidates about the state of the art of health literacy research; that means:

  • Make participants familiar with literacy concept, especially with concepts of social literacy
  • Discuss with the participants whether health literacy is an outcome or an explaining variable to outcomes
  • Present the participants different forms of measurement health literacy, quantitative as well as qualitative
  • Make the participants conduct own empirical analysis according to health literacy by making them quantitative data as well as interview material available
  • Let the participants be part of the HLCA-meeting to get an idea about ongoing research work

BERICHT: HLCA Verbundtreffen, 3./4. März 2016, Essen (englisch)

The 3rd meeting of the “Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence” Consortium (HLCA) focussed on the presentation and discussion on empirical findings of the joint research project and its subprojects. The meeting started with a summary and critical reflection on the past half year’s HLCA activities with a special focus on the implementation of the consortium`s dissemination, communication, public engagement and networking strategy.

Particular consideration in the various sessions was given to the projects related to mental health literacy (NePP, Provider-MHL, Teacher-MHL) and eHealth literacy (MEDIA PROTECT, ELMi, PrettY). Insights into the recent development of these projects were presented on the first day of the meeting. In the morning of the second day, progress reporting was complemented by the basic research projects (TeCoMo, MOHLAA and MoMChild).
The aims were to present and discuss the empirical findings from the field research. The subprojects´ researchers provided insights into their recent work. Each presentation was followed by a fruitful discussion with additional recommendations by both, project members and the scintific advisory board. In addition, members of the ELMi-CH project that will launch in spring 2016 in Switzerland introduced their project.

Further sessions addressed the content-specific understandings of eHealth literacy and mental health literacy, respectively. These sessions aimed to outline the current conceptual understanding within these projects, to figure out common characteristics among the projects as well as to present open questions for discussions.
In the second workshop of the TeCoMo project, a first conceptualisation of health literacy in childhood and adolescence was presented and put up for discussion.
As usual, a closed session of the steering committee and the scientific advisory board took place to discuss future organisational and administrative issues, and the progress of projects.
The 3rd HLCA meeting was closed by summing up the meeting, introducing the recommendations from the scientific advisory board, and giving an outlook to the upcoming meeting in Freiburg.