The policy recommendations of Health Literacy Europe aim to initiate and support research, policy and action on health literacy as a means to assist in reducing disparities in the promotion of health, wellbeing, and sustainable development, and to the pursuit of equity within and between countries, in the national, European and global context.

 

The key priorities should specifically concern 

·         The increase of health literacy in the population making it easier for citizens to manage their own health

·         The decrease of complexity within systems making it easier for citizens to navigate and manage their own health.

                

The call of action therefore includes

 

  • To facilitate the development and communication of health literacy theory, policy and practice at global, international, national and local levels with relevant professions and sectors.

  • To ensure that health literacy, as a social determinant of health, is included in relevant global and regional discussions on health promotion systems, reducing health disparities, promoting sustainable development and non-communicable diseases.

  • To strengthen the position of health literacy  within national, regional and international policy, practice and education 

  • To strengthen the knowledge and evidence base for measuring and assessing health literacy. 

  • To build capacity in health literacy research, policy and practice.

  • To apply the health literacy knowledge in program development, evaluation and education of health practitioners.

  • To promote health literacy to be included in to the curriculum of health promotion practitioners, health professionals and policy makers

  • To apply the health literacy knowledge in program development, evaluation and education of citizens e.g. through integrating health literacy in school curriculum.

  • To identify and connect relevant stakeholders and promote collaborative action and lead in terms of health literacy.

  • To promote the use of best practice in the development of new measures of health literacy and the development of a web of evidence on their validity across settings

  • To promote health literacy interventions and how they can be developed and applied

  • To promote research on how health literacy can be used to optimize disease prevention and management

  • To give the citizen’s and patients role in health a greater recognition through attention and integration in new international strategies from the EU, WHO etc. 

  • To give health literacy and related programs a higher priority in the EU's health agenda. Funds have to be made available to support initiatives that improve health literacy, in particular amongst the most vulnerable population;

  • To recognize the importance of health information. The European Commission should go beyond the current Directive on Information to Patients and develop a more comprehensive health information strategy.

 

Partnership to increase health literacy in EU Policy

 

In recent years stakeholders have collabrated to advance health literacy on the European policy agenda. A concensus paper has been developed and distributed widely among the interest groups acting in the EU community in Brussels.

 

To access the document, click this link Making Health Literacy a priority in EU policy

Making Health Literacy a priority in EU policy

 

 

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​© 2016 by Kristine Sorensen.

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