Latest article: National Action Plan Health Literacy: Need, Objective and Content

National Action Plan Health Literacy: Need, Objective and Content

Authors: Doris Schaeffer, Klaus Hurrelmann, Ullrich Bauer, Kai Kolpatzik, Svea Gille, Dominique Vogt

 

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In recent years, studies on health literacy of the population have been conducted in many  countries. Most of them show that health literacy levels are worse than expected and that large parts of the population have low health literacy levels. National strategies and action  plans to promote health literacy have been developed in many countries to address these results. Following these examples, a National Action Plan on Health Literacy was also  developed for Germany. A panel of 15 experts was involved in the 2-year development  process. Based on an analysis of available literature on health literacy and existing action plans, the concept, objectives and priorities of the action plan were defined, and  recommendations were developed. The National Action Plan on Health Literacy formulates recommendations in the fields of living environments, the healthcare system, chronic  illness, and research. Weiterlesen

Latest HLCA article: Health Literacy

Gesundheitskompetenz – Health Literacy
Authors: Eva Maria Bitzer, Kristine Sørensen

Abstract
This article provides an introduction to the definition and current theoretical/conceptual models for health literacy as well as their scope and importance to the provision of modern healthcare. We illustrate methods for measuring the health literacy of individuals – and explain why it is worthwhile to deal with the topic of health literacy. In addition, we present strategies and technologies with which healthcare facilities can take the health literacy of its patients appropriately into account and provide an overview of current national and international political initiatives on the topic of health literacy. Weiterlesen

Latest HLCA publication: Do adolescents understand the items of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) – German version?

Do adolescents understand the items of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) – German version? Findings from cognitive interviews of the project “Measurement of Health Literacy Among Adolescents” (MOHLAA) in Germany

Background

In Germany, there are no measurement tools to assess the general health literacy of adolescents. The aim of the study “Measurement of Health Literacy Among Adolescents” (MOHLAA) is to develop such a tool for use among adolescents aged 14–17. The German version of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47-GER) served as a blueprint for the development of the tool. The present study examined the extent to which the HLS-EU-Q47-GER can be applied to the measurement of general health literacy in adolescents.

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Health Literacy and Health Policy: National Action Plan Health Literacy

Health in all policies is increasing importance and health literacy as well has just entered the political arena in Germany. Consoritum coordinator Ullrich Bauer is co-editor of the German “National Action Plan Health Literacy”, which also defines education and schools as important action areas to promote health litercay. This recommendation is in line with the German Health Ministry`s recommendations within the Alliance for Health Literacy regarding the promotion of health literacy in education and schools.

The action plan is available for download in German und English.

A Child’s World Conference 2018 – New Shoes New Direction

HLCA will attend this year`s “A Child’s World Conference 2018 – New Shoes New Direction” from 11th-13th July 2018 at Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK) and have two oral presentations on:

  1. Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils (Ullrich Bauer and Uwe H. Bittlingmayer)
  2. A review of health literacy of children and young people: definitions, interpretations, and implications for future research and practice initiatives (Paulo Pinheiro)

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Programm at al glance

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Health literacy in an age of technology – schoolchildren’s experiences and ideas

Promoting schoolchildren`s health literacy. Link zum Artikel.

The aim of this paper was to explore opportunities to promote schoolchildren’s health literacy based on their own experiences and ideas. Research suggests the necessity for health literacy to be included into the school curriculum, and to view health promotion as part of lifelong learning. There is also a need to involve schoolchildren in developing health literacy so they can find strategies to improve their health. Weiterlesen

New article | Cultural health literacy: the experiences of Māori in palliative care

An interesting article on cultural health literacy from New Zealand has just been published in the Global Health Promotion Journal of the IUHPE:

Health literacy is a concept that is frequently applied to the patient’s ability to find and comprehend health information. However, recent literature has included the skill of the health professional and the accessibility of health resources as important factors in the level of health literacy achieved by individuals and populations. In 2014 a qualitative study Weiterlesen

NRW state program “health and education” with similar approach as HLCA

With the main objectives of the NRW state program “health and education” (Bildung und Gesundheit, BuG), which are to sustainably promote children`s and adolescent`s health, facilitate their educational opportunities, well-being, and the performance of adults working and/or engaging in schools, BuG also provides particular health and education goals that, too, address the promotion of health literacy prominently and also significantly contribute to BuG`s main objectives:

  1. Promoting health literacy: i.a. health-related attitudes, health awareness, health behaviour, health experience of all involved in school (behavioural prevention)
  2. Improving health-related conditions for all in schools (structural/systems-based/ecologic prevention)
  3. Enhancing quality education and the quality of education in schools
  4. Improving the integration of health promotion and prevention into education and science but most importantly into educational policy.

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We see great fit of our HLCA research activities to these goals, both with the projects of our first funding period as well as with the new projects of the second funding period 2018-2021. This is great news #healthliteracy

health literacy: understandable information for all user groups

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Dear health literacy community,

We want to share a comment on health literacy from the HLCA coordinator Ullrich Bauer, which he provided for the AOK practice journal: Health and Society (Gesundheit und Gesellschaft):

“Health literacy has the potential to provide new perspectives for rethinking the future of health care, in particular and above all, this applies to patient representatives and patient advocacy as well as self-help organisations. We are specifically talking about certain challenges in relation to health literacy that might have not been fully understood by everybody and on all levels yet. Health literacy does not mean to shift the responsibility for good or ill-health to the individual, but, moreover, health literacy is the key for a transparent, user-friendly, and responsive health care system, which is able to provide reliable and easy to understand health information and communicate them with all user groups. In turn, such an approach towards the understanding of the role of health literacy in this context is a decisive step to change the game, especially for the field of self-help. The incapacitation of patients within the health care system commonly goes along with higher expectancy for changes in individual health behaviour. Having said this, health literacy means that health information should be provided shaped to the needs of the target population, yet decisions are meant to be taken autonomously.”
Prof.Dr. Ullrich Bauer, Faculty of Educational Science, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Journal Health and Society: http://aok-bv.de/hintergrund/gesundheit_und_gesellschaft/

Summer School on Health Literacy: Researchers and young scientists from all over the world in Bielefeld

From the 18th to 22th of September 2017 the 2nd HLCA-Summer School on Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Advocacy took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the University of Bielefeld in Germany.
Young researchers from around the world and renowned international researchers from the Topic Health Literacy came together for working on Health Literacy.


© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld

Directed by Dr. Kristine Sørensen (The Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Diane Levin-Zamir (Israel) and Prof. Dr. Luis Saboga-Nunes (Portugal) 37 students from 14 countries found their way to Bielefeld.
First,
– research planning and possible research methods,
– the potential and challenges of health literacy with regard to children and adolescents,
– the consideration of specific cases in clinical contexts and
– the participation of patients and other vulnerable groups in the research process have been discussed.
Afterwards, the young scientists have developed exciting and relevant research projects and presented and discussed them in the plenum.

© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld
Further, the practical work of policy-makers was assessed by analyzing and evaluating political action plans on health literacy and other political documents. At the end of the week, necessary soft skills for health literacy experts were tested with the experienced health and health literacy expert Barbara Kondilis from Hellenic University in Greece.
In addition, Prof. Dr. Peter Goldblatt from the Institute of Health Equity at University College London (UK) on Health Equality and Justice related to Health Literacy.
As President of the EUPHA – Health Promotion Section, Luis Saboga-Nunes gave input into the field of health promotion, prevention of tobacco consumption and evidence-based insights into salutogenesis. Stefanie Harsch (Germany) presented first research results from a Health Literacy Study in Afganistan.
Kristine Sørensen has held the closing presentation on health competences and closed with Prof. Dr. Ullrich BauerDr. Paulo Pinheiro and Orkan Okan the 2. Health Literacy Summer School 2017.
According to the young scientists, the international atmosphere and group dynamics were outstanding. The flat hierarchy between teachers and students had also been decisive. As a very enriching participant, the participants have taken note of the controversies with health literacy projects taking place all over the world and, above all, highlighted the possibility of dealing with the research methods.

© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld