UPCOMING: EUHPA Pre-Conference

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:

  • Luis Saboga-Nunes and Christiane Stock – EUPHA Section on Health promotion
  • Ullrich Bauer, Paulo Pinheiro, Orkan Okan – Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence Research Consortium (HLCA) und
  • Kristine Sørensen, health consultant and founder of Global Health Literacy Academy

UPCOMING: Summer School and Consortium Meeting in Freiburg

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:

  • Make participants familiar with literacy concept, especially with concepts of social literacy
  • Discuss with the participants whether health literacy is an outcome or an explaining variable to outcomes
  • Present the participants different forms of measurement health literacy, quantitative as well as qualitative
  • Make the participants conduct own empirical analysis according to health literacy by making them quantitative data as well as interview material available
  • Let the participants be part of the HLCA-meeting to get an idea about ongoing research work

REPORT: HLCA Consortium Meeting, March 3rd and 4th, Essen, Germany

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.

UPCOMING: 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

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).


REPORT: HLCA Consortium Meeting, October 8th and 9th 2015, Bielefeld

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.


NEWS: New members – Scientific Advirsory Board

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:

  • Emma Bond, Institute for Social, Education and Enterprise Development, University
    Campus Suffolk, England link
  • Prof. Dr. Graça S. Carvalho, Research Centre on
    Child Studies, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal link

We are looking forward to fruitful collaboration!

WORKSHOP: “Researching with Children and Young People in Diverse Socio-Spatial Contexts”

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?”.

PUBLICATION: Health literacy – main topic in Bundesgesundheitsblatt, September issue

Health literacy is the main topic in the September issue of the Bundesgesundheitsblatts. The September issue provides an overview of the state of discussion on health literacy and its application in research, prevention and patient care, primarily in German-speaking countries. Unfortunately, articles are only available in German.

REPORT: Health Promotion Conference in Galway

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.

REPORT: Workshop at the END 2015 International Conference on Education and New Developments, Porto

Bielefeld team from the HLCA Consortium has organised a workshop at the END 2015 International Conference on Education and New Developments

The HLCA partners from Bielefeld University, Paulo Pinheiro, Ullrich Bauer and Ester Lopes, organised together with their Portuguese partners Luís Saboga-Nunes from the National School of Public Health Lisbon and Agar Almeida from the University of Aveiro a one-hour workshop on health literacy at the END 2015 International Conference on Education and New Developments on June 27. The workshops main objective was to discuss the impact of schools and teachers on the promotion of mental health and well-being of their pupils. For further information see the workshop outline

Additionally, the Bielefeld team participated as co-author in a presentation of Luís Saboga-Nunes, who presented first results from a Portuguese survey on health literacy in adolescents in the context of a Legionella outbreak.

The following articles will be available in the conference proceedings:

  • Pinheiro P, Almeida A, Okan O, Bruland D, Pereira A, Saboga Nunes L, Lopes E, Bauer U; Children at risk for mental disorders and the impact of teachers on child mental health promotion. In: Carmo M (ed) (2015). Proceedings. END 2015. International Conference on Education and New Developments. 27–29 June 2015. Porto, Portugal. Published by: W.I.A.R.S, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 627–629. pdf
  • Saboga-Nunes L, Cavalheiro G, Correira S, Santos a; Pinheiro P, Bauer, U, Okan O; Adolescents health literacy as a buffer in a crises context of legionella outbreak in Portugal (CRADLISA Project HLS-EU-PT). In: Carmo M (ed) (2015). Proceedings. END 2015. International Conference on Education and New Developments. 27–29 June 2015. Porto, Portugal. Published by: W.I.A.R.S, Lisbon, Portugal, pp.184–188.