HLCA Meeting
Health literacy of children and adolescents: An evolving field of research and action across Europe
Wednesday 13 March 2019 14:00h – 18:00h

Organised by


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.

Pre-Conference Programme

Opening Remarks and Welcome

14:00 - 14:15

Leena Paakkari and Orkan Okan

Key Notes

14:15 - 14:45

Leena Paakkari

Health literacy in school-aged children – empirical findings

Session 1

Health Literacy Research in children, adolescents, parents and professional: Settings, contexts, multiple health literacies

14:45 - 15:45

The German national Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA) research consortium (2nd funding period 2018-2021) | Introducing the consortium and pitch presentations from the research projects


  1. Health literacy in children in Germany: empirical findings

  2. Health literacy in adolescents in Germany with migration and non-migration background

  3. e-Health literacy in female adolescent migrants: new media and e-Health information use

  4. e-Health literacy in kindergartens: longitudinal studies in kindergartens and elementary schools

  5. Health literacy policy analysis: how do policies address the issue of health literacy in children

Coffee Break and Networking

15:45 - 16:15


Session 2

Live stream presentation by: Martin Weber from WHO Copenhagen

16:15 - 16:45

Session 3
World Café Workshop

16:45 - 17:45

Table 1: Monitoring health literacy on the European level
The benefits of a European and global monitoring of HL in children (why is this important?)

Table 2: Monitoring health literacy policies and policy action in educationMonitoring HL policies on the macro-level, the actions of the ministries in context of including health literacy to school health education and promotion (what needs to be in place to facilitate HL promotion on the school level, what are the education and health Ministries doing?)

Table 3: Health literate schoolsImplementation of the HLO approach (individual-level perspective; skills <-> systems-level perspective; conditions) to schools in order to address children`s health literacy and the school and education teaching staff`s and further professional`s responsiveness towards teaching of health literacy and providing a health supportive setting (in context of the health promoting school approach) (this is the practice level).

Closing remarks

17:45 - 18:00