Welcome to Health Literacy Centre Europe:
Where healthy ageing begins!
For policy makers
This portal highlights information about the problem of low health literacy and the impact it has on our ability to access, understand, appraise and communicate information in relation to health and diseases. It also presents possible solutions and lays out at set of achievable actions policy makers at different levels can take. We will show how integrating health literacy in existing health policies can make a difference, and how more equitable healthcare can be achieved.
For health professionals
Health professionals will find guidelines on how one can promote health literacy to improve the health of older people in Europe and reduce health inequalities. We present concrete examples of good practices along with relevant data on health literacy and the impact it has on our ability to access, understand, appraise and communicate information in relation to health and diseases. The portal provides background information and links to other relevant sources. In the knowledge base a website search engine will help you find what you’re looking for.
Adult education needs specific attention for health literacy issues. On this portal educators find recent knowledge on how to address these issues. You will also find concrete examples for training professionals on how to deal with low health literacy in healthcare.
Researchers will find recent findings from intervention research relevant to addressing the issue of health literacy in the ageing population. You will find the IROHLA guidelines that explain how to implement health literacy interventions to improve older people’s health literacy as well as information on other promising practices and health literacy tools. There is also information on how to develop your own health literacy guidelines as well as relevant areas for further research and study. The portal provides background information and links to other relevant sources. It also shows the new areas of research to be covered.