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.
Several researchers from the HLCA consortium attended the 10th European Public Health Conference (EPHC) from 1st – 4th November 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the conference, the HLCA members organised several events and presented selected research results.The EHPC conference theme “Sustainable, resilient and healthy communities” brought together representatives from around the world. In addition to presenting its own scientific findings, the HLCA Consortium has organized a pre-conference and various workshops with the Health Promotion Section (HPS) of the European Association for Public Health (EUPHA). Emphasis was put on empirical research results, but also theoretical perspectives and practical effects on research, politics and practice were presented and discussed.
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.
Health literacy researchers, Janine Bröder and Orkan Okan have attended the 22nd International Union of Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion. They presented two posters, one oral presentation, and organized a symposium on child and youth health literacy with international partners from Denmark, Canada, and Portugal. Janine, participated in a health literacy discussion group on building capacity and sharing knowledge in health literacy, and Orkan led, together with Evelyn McElhinney from Scotland, a discussion group on health literacy across the life span. Further, with partners from Portugal another presentation within a discussion circle was accepted on adolescent’s concept of health literacy.
Additionally, they participated in three pre-conferences on health literacy. The first pre-conference they attended was the preconference on “Taking the Global Health Literacy Agenda into Portuguese speaking communities” organized by Luis Saboga-Nunes, advisor to the HLCA research consortium, together with the South American health literacy group. Kristine Sørensen and Diane Levin-Zamir gave short introductions to past health literacy research in Europe. In the “Diabetes Literacy: Integrating Health Literacy and Health Systems Change In Diabetes Self-Management Education” pre-conference, Stephan van den Broucke reported on the results and experiences his group made during their research. The last pre-conference was implemented as a workshop on health literacy organized by the Global Working Group on Health Litercay (IUHPE GWG-HL) titled “Taking the Global Health Literacy Agenda Forward for Health Promotion – From Position Paper to Action.” The aim of this pre-conference was to improve the working group’s collaboration among the members, to introduce health literacy activities around the world the members are engaged with, and to develop contents for the GWG-HL position paper by discussion groups on:
The IUHPE conference was rich on health literacy presentations. There have been two poster walks, several further poster presentations in physical and digital formats, sessions on community approaches to health literacy, on the health literacy toolkit, on workforce capacity development for improving professional health literacy skills and needs, two sub plenaries on health literacy in policies, and improving health literacy across low-, middle- and high-income countries, a conversation circle towards an international perspective on health literacy, and a lot more presentations, discussions, posters, and cross referencing to health literacy all across the conference. Unfortunately not all health literacy activities could be attended as there were some conflicting schedules.
Summarizing the conference towards health literacy, we understand that health literacy is given high priority in the global setting not only at IUHPE but at WHO, UN, and further NGO and governmental organisations and health promotion activities across the countries. While in the conference opening session the importance of children to processes of health promotion and for sustainably improving health equity was highlighted prominently, during the closing session of the conference, health literacy received a prominent place in the conference summary. It can be expected that health literacy will be a priority area again at the 23th IUHPE conference 2019 in New Zealand.
Various members of the HLCA-consortium will participate at the 9th European Public Health Conference “All for Health – Health for All” , November 9–12, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The EUPHA Section on Health promotion will organize a pre-conference on the topic of Operationalizing health promotion on the life course through the health literacy approach: where we stand 30 years after Ottawa? The pre-conference will be organized by members of the HLCA consortium and memebres of its Advisory Board:
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:
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.
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 researchers from the projects 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 thir project.
Further session adressed 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 presentes and put up for discussion.
As usual, closed session of the steering committee and the 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 SAB, and giving an outlook to the upcoming meeting in Freiburg.