Toolbox Health Literacy Interventions in Childhood and Adolescence


In the second HLCA funding phase, the sub-project Tool-HLCA addresses the question of how the health literacy of children and young people can be promoted in Germany. Central elements are (a) a systematic review of existing programmes and strategies, (b) the development of an evaluation tool to assess the quality of the identified interventions and (c) the development of a toolbox with selection of best practice examples and tools to promote health literacy. The target group includes children of primary school age as well as young people up to 18 years of age.


Project background

The subproject Tool-HLCA focuses on the question of how the health literacy of children and young people can be promoted in Germany.

The subproject includes a systematic review of existing strategies, programs and methods as well as the analysis of these with selected quality criteria. The overall project goal is the development of a practical toolbox for the promotion of health literacy in childhood and young people. Central components of the toolbox are:

  1. an inventory and evaluation of available health literacy programmes and strategies for children and young people;
  2. validated criteria for evaluating and assessing the quality of the programmes and their adaptation to specific contexts;
  3. support tools and recommendations for the planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions to promote health literacy in the target group in Germany.

The toolbox particularly aims at various actors in research and practice. It can therefore be used (1) to evaluate the applicability and quality of available health literacy programs and strategies and (2) as a collection of methods for promoting health literacy among children and young people.

The sub-project Tool-HLCA builds on the research work of the predecessor project “TeCoMo” (first HLCA funding phase 2015-18): the conceptual understanding of health literacy in childhood and adolescence form the conceptual basis for Tool-HLCA. In the HLCA consortium, Tool-HLCA works very closely with the other subprojects, since the projects benefit from each other both during implementation and dissemination phase.

Janine Bröder
Bielefeld University