Gender Analysis and Health Economic Assessment of Health Literacy Interventions in Childhood and Adolescence


The subproject GenHEcon has been designed to offer advice and support to consortium projects that entail health literacy interventions with respect to health economic and gender aspects. In this context the Institute for health care management and research performs an economic evaluation of the interventions in the project groups MEDIA PROTECT, IMPRES und ProLifestyle. The Essen College of Gender Research will promote the integration of the gender dimension and support the consideration of gender aspects as well as the development and design of gender-sensitive HLCA interventions. Furthermore, in cooperation with the project group PMOplus GenHEcon synthesis the results of the other project groups which enables the derivation of recommendations for politics and professional practice.


Project Background

The overall aim of the consortium in the second funding period is to close the science-to-practice and science-to-service gaps by developing, implementing and evaluating interventions as well as by collecting and analysing representative data on health literacy in children and adolescents. The consortium, therefore, will address practice and policy more pronouncedly than in the first funding period. For the implementation as well as the sustainable translation of the consortium’s results into practice and policy recommendations, the inclusion of health economic and gender specific data is important. The discussions across the subprojects of the consortium during the first half of the first funding period confirmed the importance of considering gender-specific and health economic aspects from an early stage on. This will be promoted in the second funding period with a follow-up subproject that addresses explicitly health economic and gender aspects.

The new subproject “Gender Analysis and Health Economic Assessment of Health Literacy Interventions in Childhood and Adolescence” (GenHEcon) has been conceptualised to support, advise and evaluate those subprojects planning interventions. These are, MEDIA PROTECT, IMPRES and ProLifestyle. The subproject is designed as a pipeline project that informs and is informed by the other subprojects of the consortium. The PMOplus subproject which is responsible for coordinating all subprojects’ interactions across the consortium will support the GenHEcon subproject and facilitate the communication and data exchange process during these tasks.

In the second funding period, the Institute for Healthcare Management and Research (IHMR) will conduct economic evaluations of those interventions implemented by the consortium’s subprojects. Based on the evidence of the economic aspects of health literacy and health literacy interventions collected in the first funding period, the institute will be able to conduct economic evaluations along the trials in the second funding period.

A gender-specific research into health literacy of children and adolescents taking into account cultural, social, societal and economic issues is fundamental for a better definition of target groups, the successful achievement of goals, and the development of adequate strategies promoting health literacy. The participation of the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG) in the consortium is designed to contribute to an evaluation of consortium findings from a gender and diversity perspective.

Dr. Maren Jochimsen (Gen)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Eva Wegrzyn (Gen)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasem (HEcon)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Janine Biermann (HEcon)
University of Duisburg-Essen
PD Dr. med. Dr. rer. pol. Anja Neumann (HEcon)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. PH Silke Neusser (HEcon)
University of Duisburg-Essen