Conferences and activties
The projects have submitted workshop, presentation and pre-conference abstracts to the upcoming conferences of the IUHPE (10th IUHPE Europe conference) and EUPHA (11th European Public Health Conference).
On 1 March 2018, the HLCA research consoritum has launched its second funding period.
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/
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
On Friday, the 17th of March 2017 the Health Inequalities XII Panel took place on the German Public Health Congress “Poverty and Health” at the Technical University Berlin.
Under the title: Closing the gap in health inequalities – Quo vadis? the lectures and discussions focussed on possible strategies to close the gap.
Therfor the recommendations formulated by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) launched by the World Health Organization in 2005 gave the discussion framework:
The Commission`s overarching recommendations are to:
In this context, the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions and programmes are seen as a key vehicle to reduce health inequalities and raise health equity.
This year`s the panel shed light on both national (Germany) and international perspectives in order to reflect and discuss upon the status quo of current efforts to reduce health inequalities and raise health equity.
Selected webinares of the panels you can see here:
Taking action on health inequalities and improving health equity: The International perspective von Prof. Dr. Peter Goldblatt, University College London, Institute of Health Equity, England
Improving health Literacy to take action on health equity with Prof. Dr. Luis Saboga-Nunes, National School of Public Health, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Prof. Dr. Ullrich Bauer, Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, Orkan Okan (Bielefeld University, Faculty of Educational Science, Centre for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bittlingmayer (University of Education Freiburg, Institute of Sociology)
Prof. Dr. Diana Sahrai (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Education)
Dr. Irene Moor (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Medical Sociology)
Jens Hoebel, MSc (Robert Koch Institute Berlin)
We have enjoyed a beautiful day with our hosts Prof. Dr. Boris Zernikow, Dr. Julia Wager, Lorin Stahlschmidt and Ann-Kristin Ruhe at the German Paediatric Pain Centre Datteln at the Vestische Children’s and Adolescents’ Clinic, Univeristy of Witten/Herdecke.
During our visit we could gain insights into their research and practice in context of chronic pain management of children and adolescents. We better understand now the importance of early interventions for successful treatment and care of children and adolescents affected by chronic pain. Currently, there is only insufficient care available for this target group in Germany. Psychosomatic complaints and how affected children and families deal with the burdens in daily life is an important public health topic and, therefore, also increasing importance for health promotion and primary prevention in childhood and adolescence. This is especially related to the fact that chronic pain has negative impact on the quality of life of affected as well as on physical health and mental well-being.
Therefore, the Institute has developed an important contact point for children and adolescents with severely disabling pain, and has established itself over time as the German centre for the care of children with chronic pain conditions. In recognition of its long-standing and successful work, the children’s outpatient clinic received the distinction of “Select Place 2011”. This was followed by the founding of the German Paediatric Pain Centre in January 2012.
In order to improve the situation of affected children, adolescents, and families, the German Paediatric Pain Centre is involved in various research activities and projects. These mainly focus on chronic pain in children and adolescents, palliative situations and the evaluation of further education programs. Besides studies of symptoms, methods of measurement or the effectiveness of medications, studies in the areas of care research and evaluation projects are carried out. Members of the research team also supervise diploma and doctoral students in the completion of their degree and doctoral work.
To safeguard quality, research projects led by multi-professional teams follow patient care. Significant milestones towards the improvement of the situation of children with chronic pain conditions have been achieved in projects conducted to date.
From the viewpoint of child pain therapy, health literacy in children and adolescents is increasing importance, especially in context of chronic pain management. Holistically, for this type of health care, and from a whole setting perspective, besides the health literacy of children and adolescents also the health literacy of parents and health professionals involved in research and care is of significant importance, which has to be highlighted in this context.
We are glad and very thankful to have been introduced to the team of the German Paediatric Pain Centre and that we could explore their great facilities in Datteln , NRW.
For more information:
German Paediatric Pain Centre: http://www.deutsches-kinderschmerzzentrum.de
Child pain therapy and paediatric palliative care at University of Witten/Herdecke: http://www.uni-wh.de/gesundheit/lehrstuhl-kinderschmerztherapie-palliativmedizin/
On the 09th of December 2016 the HLCA-Team had the pleasure to welcome Kenneth Yogabi Anchang. He is the director of research at the Catholic University of Cameroon in Bamenda with a PhD in public health infectiology and PhD in bio (medical) engineering. He gave a great lecture about health literacy as an indispensable key component of ensuring a healthy condition in individuals and communities, especially in countries with high rates of endemic disease and in settings in which resources are limited. Therefor, he emphasizes a transition from (top-down) health promotion interventions to (community-based) health literacy interventions.
The whole lecture you find here: Appropriate Health Literacy Interventions to improve Health Outcomes
This IGEL project was a collaborative team science effort involving professionals from research and practice that followed the public health action cycle model for interventions and policy development. The scientific research progress was led by educationalists, psychologists, sociologists, and socialisation researchers from the Faculty of Educational Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen who teamed up with public health researchers from the Bielefeld University. The IGEL project was conducted between 01.09.2012 – 31.10.2015 and was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The intervention is based on an asset-based and eco-systematic approach that aims at primary school children attending the 3rd grade and their social environment comprising parents, teachers and professional school staff.
The IGEL intervention aims at promoting a culture of awareness in context of sexual health and sexual violence including assault, abuse, and rape. While the target population comprises both teachers and children, in children the application of the programme will enhance self-protection skills by teaching them practical and theoretical knowledge and action competencies in context of sexual health and violence. During the programme children will be equipped with capabilities to recognise dangerous situations and take action to better protect themselves. The components aiming at teachers will help to raise awareness for sexual violence against children and enable them to better understand and recognise cases. They will be equipped with reflexive and reactive abilities in order to better deal with sexual assault against children. Overall, the programme will support better protection against all kinds of sexual violence against children and improve empowerment in the participants to raise their voices and to actively seek for help. On the long term basis the programme aims at changing school infrastructure towards better networking strategies and prevention concepts as well as improving cooperation with professional health support and first aid systems in case of sexual violence against children.
IGEL comprises seven sequenced classes each focusing a specific topic. The programme is easy to use during school hours while one class perfectly fits into a 45 minutes session and is also easily adaptable in case more or less time is needed during the implementation.
The research progress within the IGEL project was divided into two researcher stages that built up on each other
The intervention which is designed as a primary prevention programme consists of two modules:
The implementation took place in eight primary schools while in each two 3rd grade classes were involved at a time (n=16 classes). For assessing effectiveness of the IGEL intervention four control groups were recruited.
The evaluation study conducted by Bielefeld University has proven the high effectiveness of the IGEL programme. Further, the study shows that the programme is user friendly and easy to use. See: Link here.
“BMBF is currently funding seven larger prevention research networks that were positively evaluated in a competitive call in 2014. The networks usually comprise of research and implementation partners, and are geographically spread all over Germany. A joint umbrella project to support collaboration across networks is likely to be launched in 2017. These projects are probably the largest currently funded prevention projects in Germany, and will continue (given a positive mid-term evaluation) up to 2020.” read more
Luís Saboga-Nunes from our advisory board and consortium´s member Orkan Okan have been elected president and co-president, respectively, of EUPHA’s Health Promotion Section at 2016´s EPH annual meeting in Vienna. EUPHA, the European Public Health Association, is by far the largest organisation for public health experts in Europe and brings together around 14.000 people for professional exchange and collaboration throughout Europe. For at least the next two years, Luís and Orkan will be in charge of the health promotion section representing the voices of more than 2,500 section members.
The HLCA consortium congratulates Luís and Orkan in the warmest possible way for this tremendous success.
Orkan Okan and Janine Bröder, both members of the HLCA-consortium, will participate at the 22. IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, May 22–26 in Curritiba, Brazil. They will present the recent findings of their MoMChild and TeCoMo projects in both, poster session ( (TeCoMo: Exploring Health literacy in Childhood and Adolescence – Results and Implications from a Systematic Lietrature Review, MoMChild: The “Methods of Measuring Health Literacy inof children: Project (MoMChild): Preliminary results of a Systematic Literature Review, and conclusions for concept construction and questionnaire development) and workshop (CHILD AND YOUTH HEALTH LITERACY – A DISCUSSION ON CONCEPTUALIZATIONS, METHODOLOGIES AND KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS ACTION).
The 2nd meeting of the “Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence” Consortium (HLCA) focussed on selected issues and challenges linked to the research methodologies used in the individual subprojects of the joint research project. Rather than evaluating the projects’ methodological approaches, the project teams to shared first experiences and selected open questions. This framework provided the opportunity to seek advice and recommendations from the colleagues and the attendant scientific advisory board in order to support the further implementation of the methodologies.
The meeting started with a guided poster walk to inform on the ongoing research activities in the individual projects (session 1). Gender, diversity and intersectionality aspects were addressed as themes of cross cutting relevance in session 2 followed by a key note presentation (session 3) by Emma Bond, University Campus Suffolk, England, providing an overview of methodological and ethical requirements of child research.
The second part of the first day was covered with various “One on One” sessions, focussing on selected methodological issues in the individual projects. Particular questions were presented and discussed in an interactive and participatory mode by making use of two way communication. These “One on One” sessions provided a good framework for new input (project member), feedback (experts from advisory board) and fruitful dialogues (project member, expert, and audience).
The second day started with a key note presentation on “Empirical Research with and/or for Children? Highlighting Challenges and Framing Methodological and Ethical Requirements” by Graça S. Carvalho, Research Centre on Child Studies, University of Minho, Braga, Portuga which aimed at addressing challenges when placing methods and methodologies at the centre of research with the child and youth population. The following session has been designed as a workshop that aimed to gain insights into the components and conceptual elements of the current health literacy understanding in childhood and adolescence. All the participants of the second meeting were invited to review the presented literature review and to contribute with their individual perspectives to the mapping of the concept for children and adolescents.
After its successful meeting in Bielefeld on October 8th and 9th, 2015, the HLCA consortium decided to invite two further internationally recognized colleagues to its Scientific Advisory Board:
We are looking forward to fruitful collaboration!
A two-day workshop on ‘Research with children and young people in different socio-spatial contexts’ was held at Loughborough University (England) in September 2015. Dirk Bruland, staff member of the projects Teacher MHL and NEPP, participated in this workshop, which provided the opportunity for researchers to exchange on issues related to research with child and youth. The exchange was enriched with many starting points and perspectives by colleagues from divers scientific research fields. The discussion emphasized a sensitive approach, appropriate for the particular research situation, without generalizing into “right-or-wrongs”. As such, the workshop was highly beneficial for the implementation of the own HLCA projects. The program points can be summarized as followed:
The first day included two program points. The first one focused on engaging potential participants in research concerning different research methods (quantitative survey, qualitative survey – in individual and group meetings), among others online surveys: While fifteen years ago a lot of people were interested in new technologies and take part in online-surveys, the amount of requests for online-surveys increased substantially, leaving people less motivated to taking part in them. Next, two speakers offered contrasting perspectives on research in the global north and south (maybe Hemisphere?). The second part of the day include discussing and evaluating the strengths of previous research studies retrieved from working with (online) archives on old research studies and internet websites.
The second day began very playfully, with the first program point introducing different methodological approaches to get in contact with children and help them to articulate their thoughts, exemplary with Lego pieces. The workshop’s program concluded with a session on how to research on young people. Role-plays were used to enable participants to experience research approaches and procedures from different perspectives. In addition, ethical issues, including informed consent and its handling, were discussed, addressing questions as “how do we know, that a child understands enough of the performed research or why the researcher is playing with him or her?”.
HLCA members from Bielefeld and Freiburg attended the Health Promotion Conference on Health Literacy
Galway, 18th June 2015
The Health Promotion Conference ‘Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Practice’, hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway took place on June 18th 2015. Representatives of HLCA were invited to orally present a synopsis and first results of their sub-projects. The team from Bielefeld University was represented by Janine Bröder (TeCoMo), Dirk Bruland (Teacher-MHL) and Orkan Okan (MoMChild) from the Center for Prevention and Intervention (CPI). Inga Kloß and Zeynep Islertas from the HLCA team at Freiburg University of Education (ELMi and PrettY), presented results of an earlier project on “Social Determinants, Life Skills and Health Literacy – Some Surprising Empirical Results of German Students Aged 15+”. The conference has explored the importance of health literacy and how it can be enhanced as a priority area for Health Promotion, including the implementation of health literacy interventions across sectors.
Further information and presentations from speakers and sessions are available online.