Funding Period 2018-2021

In the second funding period, the HLCA consortium maintains its primary focus on research health literacy of children and adolescents, in particular in context of health promotion and primary prevention. In addition, the consortium will shift from ground work research, as conducted within the projects in the first funding period, to applied research with practical relevance. The main objective of the second funding period is to close science-to-practice and science-to-service gaps in child and adolescent health literacy and respond to the poor availability of health literacy programmes and strategies for child and youth health. The research framework comprises four major research areas:

  1. Health literacy survey research
  2. Health literacy intervention research
  3. Health literacy policy research
  4. Gender and diversity analysis and health economic evaluation

The results of the first funding period demonstrate certain gaps related to the above research framework, especially in relation to health literacy enhancing and promoting interventions and programmes that address children and adolescents. Therefore, these findings inform both the new projects and the overall strategy of the consortium:

  • to provide representative data on health literacy of children and population-based data on adolescents in Germany
  • to inventory, develop, implement, and evaluate health literacy interventions (i.e. programmes and policies) for children, adolescents as well as for professionals who interact with children and adolescents
  • to improve take-up of services by the targeted groups
  • to contribute to the knowledge-base on disparities in health literacy and their effects on health inequalities
  • to improve the capacity of stakeholders who are in charge for the local implementation of policies and programmes
  • to foster capacity-building for health literacy and to conduct research with international partners
  • to translate findings into recommendations for policy and practice

Overview of the projects of the second funding period:

  • the development of a practical toolbox for the promotion of health literacy in childhood and young people (Tool-HLCA)
  • to conduct the first representative health literacy survey in children aged 9-10, to translate the MoMChild questionnaire, and to develop a questionnaire for children aged 11-13 (HL-Kids-NRW)
  • to conduct a population-based survey in adolescents aged 14-17, and to adapt the questionnaire to adolescent sub-groups (MOHLAA 2)
  • to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions promoting:
    • mental health literacy of children and adolescents and address stigma (IMPRES)
    • ehealth literacy of teachers, parents, children and adolescents (MEDIA PROTECT, ProLifestyle and SCURA), including online-, video- and app-based interventions for adolescents (ProLifestyle)
    • to support, advise and evaluate interventions in terms of health economic and gender aspects (Gen&HEcon)
  • to inventory and review local, national, and international health literacy policies for children and adolescents (PMOplus)

The consortium will consist of a total of nine projects located at four partner sites: Bielefeld University, the Robert Koch Institute Berlin, the University of Education Freiburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Although, thematically the consortium will continue to address three work blocks of the first funding period, namely: Health Literacy (HL, Workblock 1), Mental Health Literacy (MHL, Workblock 2) and e-Health Literacy (eHL, Workblock 3), the workblock logic will dissolve for scientific and technical reasons. This step necessarily stems both from the new, application-oriented research questions of the projects and from the new research structure of the HLCA consortium.