Health literacy of children and adolescents: An evolving field of research and action across Europe
Wednesday 13 March 2019 14:00h – 18:00h
Orkan Okan, Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA), Bielefeld University, Germany
Leena Paakkari, Jyväskylä University, Finland
This Pre-conference workshop aims at discussing recent developments, empirical findings and future opportunities and obstacles regarding health literacy in children and adolescents. During this event, members of the German national Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA) research consortium will be presenting first results from HLCA`s second funding period (2018-2021). In the recent years, health literacy has also been introduced into the World Health Organization`s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children`s study (HBSC) of which first empirical results will be presented and critically discussed. Whereas monitoring of health literacy in adults is a matter of discussion and for Europe recently also a matter of action, until now there are currently no efforts to monitor children`s health literacy. This issue will be addressed by a key note presentation and also discussed critically during this event. Furthermore, this pre-conference will include a world café workshop structured along three emerging fields of research and action:
(1) monitoring health literacy in children,
(2) promoting health literacy in schools,
(3) monitoring, databasing, and evaluating health literacy policy action on the macro-level.
We encourage all researchers, practitioners and policy-makers who work on health literacy in children and adolescents and/or the health literacy of their social environment, and those that are interested in these target groups, to join this pre-conference and to discuss the topics that are currently in the spotlight, share good practices and experiences and to support moving this field forward.