The Health Literacy Centre Europe portal has been developed within the project “Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population” (IROHLA), a European research project on health literacy for older people. The project was funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. The mission of the Health Literacy Centre Europe is to promote health literacy research, education and practice and to increase its societal impact.
Evaluating health literacy interventions
The main objective of IROHLA was to introduce evidence-based guidelines that cover relevant topics for both policy makers and health professionals to improve health literacy for older people in the EU countries and reduce health inequalities.
We have assessed the quality and feasibility of a large number of interventions and practices that aim to improve health literacy for older people. After analysis and consultation, the researchers identified 20 key interventions. Relevant interventions were validated and if needed adjusted in order to make up a comprehensive approach to addressing the health literacy needs of older people in Europe. This set of interventions aims to provide solutions to health literacy problems through the contribution of many different actors – relatives, neighbours and friends, as well as healthcare workers, other professionals and decision makers.
Health literacy guidelines for policy and practice
The IROHLA project produced a policy brief for EU Member States and guidelines for health literate organisations. These were presented during the 3rd European Health Literacy Conference on 17 November 2015 and can be found here. On this portal you will find evidence, best practices and advice on improving health literacy in practice, policy and research. For each of the suggested activities we provide the theoretical background and scientific evidence and guide you to other resources for further reading on the topics that may interest you.
On our website you will also find advice on how to start new activities in the area of health literacy; what are the important aspects you have to think of in developing successful initiatives. For experts who are engaged in policy development, we have information on what really can contribute to planning for improvement of health literacy in an organisation, region or country.
Become a member of the Health Literacy Centre Europe Community
Finally, we believe we can learn from each other and we will become stronger together in improving health literacy in Europe. If you want to become a member of the HLCE-community, please register on this website. Membership is free of charge and provides you with more detailed information and easy contact with other members. It will also allow you to publish your own article.