At this year`s European Public Health Week, HLCA will organize two webinars on child and adolescent health literacy back-to-back.
The European Public Health Week (EUPHW) aims to raise awareness about public health and promote collaboration among the public health community in Europe. EPHW is an annual initiative that began in 2019. More Information can be accessed here.
The HLCA webinars will take place on May 16 between 10.00h and 12.00h CET. More information below.
International Understandings of Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence
A Qualitative-Explorative Analysis of Global Expert Interviews
Tessa Schulenkorf, Kristine Sørensen, Orkan Okan
Background: With regard to children and adolescents, health literacy should only not be understood as an individual ability, but rather as dependent based on its contextual determinants. The study examines how experts define health literacy in childhood and adolescence and discusses whether they include these factors.
Methods: In 48 interviews with experts from 32 countries, specific questions for defining health literacy in childhood and adolescence were analyzed. Data analysis was conducted according to the summary of the qualitative content analysis. Main categories and subcategories were developed exploratively and inductively.
Results: No expert had an official definition of health literacy in childhood or adolescence. There were more experts who located health literacy only at the individual level alone than those who located it at both the individual and contextual levels. On the individual level, there was a focus on information processing, knowledge, behavior, and skills. At the contextual level, system responsibility, the ability of others, and relationship between age and development were the main points.
Conclusions: To develop an adequate method of dealing with health literacy in the target group, there must be a target group-specific consideration of the dependencies, ages, and developmental stages of that group. While this is considered as consensus in scientific discourse, it has seemingly not yet been adopted in development-related policies internationally.
Olga Maria Domanska, Anne-Kathrin M. Loer, Christiane Stock und Susanne Jordan
There is lack of information about the association between health literacy and health behavior in Germany, although strengthening health literacy is regarded as a promising approach to promote health behavior, especially for young people in adolescence.
Good news, the GeKoJu survey of the MOHLAA project has just started.
In the course of this representative survey the health literacy of 1000 adolescents aged between 14 and 17 years will be assessed.
Congratulations to the MOHLAA team and good luck with the survey – fingers crossed.
More details can be accessed on the homepage of the RKI.
The IMPRES project plans to implement a classroom intervention to promote mental health of students and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The intervention will be located in Bielefeld (under the name “STABIEL”) and is based on a Canadian teen mental health curriculum resource (Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide – TeenMentalHealth.org, Twitter: @TMentalHealth). In order to further improve the adaptation ideas for the German version of the curriculum, we travelled to Canada to learn from the developers and experts currently working on and with the program.
Health Literacy—Talking the Language of (School) Education
A recently published article in the journal Health Literacy Research and Practice discusses health literacy in context of schools.
The links between school education and health have been of interest to researchers for several decades, and health literacy in particular has been associated with the health-promoting school approach for almost 20 years (St Leger, 2001; St Leger & Nutbeam, 2000). From an educational perspective, this is not surprising because there is little doubt that health literacy is a competence that contributes to health skill development and can be facilitated through educational practices.
Link to article.
International Handbook of Health Literacy: Research, Practice and Policy across the Life-Span
This International Handbook of Health Literacy draws on a new perspective in health literacy and should be seen as a spearhead for new thinking that aims to provide an overview of the multifaceted and multidimensional nature of health literacy by adopting a lifespan perspective, while addressing research, practice and policy. Weiterlesen
Special Issue “Health Literacy and Equity – Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Recent Trends in Health Literacy Research and Action around the World”
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We are happy to inform you that the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) has invited us to edit a Special Issue on “Health Literacy and Equity—Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Recent Trends in Health Literacy Research and Action Around the World.” Health literacy is a Sustainable Development Goal and a 21st century action-oriented approach to public health, health promotion, education, and health care. Health literacy describes essential skills and situational resources needed for people to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use information and services in a variety of forms across various settings throughout the life-course. In this sense, enhancing health literacy in populations and systems is critical to achieving health equity. Thus, health literacy is increasingly recognized as a cross-cutting global issue and health determinant and is the focus of a growing body of interdisciplinary and international research, practice, and policy.
International Handbook of Health Literacy: Research, Practice and Policy across the Life-Span
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Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC license. Health literacy addresses a range of social dimensions of health including knowledge, navigation, communication as well as individual and organizational skills for accessing, understanding, evaluating and using of information. Especially over the past decade, health literacy has become a major public health concern globally as an asset for promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable development.
This comprehensive handbook provides an invaluable overview of current international thinking about health literacy, highlighting cutting edge research, policy and practice in the field. With a diverse team of contributors, the book addresses health literacy across the life-span and offers insights from different populations and settings. Providing a wide range of major findings, the book outlines current discourse in the field and examines necessary future dialogues and new perspectives.
Edited by Orkan Okan, Ullrich Bauer, Diane Levin-Zamir, Paulo Pinheiro and Kristine Sørensen
Publisher: Policy Press Bristol
Publication date: 31.7.2019
Coordinator Ullrich Bauer will give a presentation on health literacy and schools:
National Action Plan Health Literacy: What can schools contribute? Are there any intersections?
Veranstalter: Fachstelle Gesundheitsziele im Land Brandenburg in Trägerschaft von Gesundheit Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. in Kooperation mit dem Bezirksverband AWO Potsdam e.V.
Die Institution Schule fungiert als Knotenpunkt bzw. Scharnier zwischen Kindern, Familien, Lehrkräften, Institutionen, weiterführenden Schulen, spezialisierten Einrichtungen des sozialen Hilfssystems, Bildungseinrichtungen und Betrieben.
Wann: Mittwoch, 7.11.2018 von 9.00 bis 15.45 Uhr
Wo: Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz, Schilfhof 28, 14478 Potsdam
Save the date: 2nd International Symposium on Health Literacy at Bielefeld University 2-3 May 2019
Research – Practice – Policy
Strengthening Health Literacy in the Edcuation Sector
U. Bauer, O. Okan, K. Hurrelmann
Am 19. Februar 2018 wurde der „Nationale Aktionsplan Gesundheitskompetenz“ (NAP) der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Darin werden die wichtigsten Herausforderungen für eine Verbesserung der Gesundheitskompetenz der Bevölkerung aufgelistet, gezielte Empfehlungen ausgesprochen und Handlungsfelder zur Umsetzung definiert. Gesundheitskompetenz ist ein vergleichsweise junges Forschungsfeld, in dem die Zielgruppen der Kinder und Jugendlichen vor allem im Zusammenhang mit Bildung und Erziehung gegenwärtig durch Wissenschaft und Politik vermehrt Aufmerksamkeit erhalten. Der Blick in die Debatte verdeutlicht einerseits, Weiterlesen
National Action Plan Health Literacy: Need, Objective and Content
Authors: Doris Schaeffer, Klaus Hurrelmann, Ullrich Bauer, Kai Kolpatzik, Svea Gille, Dominique Vogt
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