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.