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
Gesundheitskompetenz – Health Literacy
Authors: Eva Maria Bitzer, Kristine Sørensen
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
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
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.
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.
Based on a recently conducted survey in the UK, the Mental Health Foundation (UK) recommends that mental health literacy should be integrated into teacher training and also that schools should address mental health literacy promotion of their students embedded within the ‘whole-school approach’. All recommendations available here.
A new short article on the national action plan for health literacy:
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:
- Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils (Ullrich Bauer and Uwe H. Bittlingmayer)
- 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
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
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