Health Literacy Centre Europe – where healthy ageing begins
The Health Literacy Centre Europe portal has been developed within the IROHLA project and aims to act as a central portal of information and exchange of knowledge and experience on health literacy in Europe. It was launched during the 3rd European Health Literacy Conference in Brussels last week.
The Health Literacy Centre Europe 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. It shows 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. The portal presents 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. It also provides background information and links to other relevant sources.
Adult education needs specific attention for health literacy issues. On the Health Literacy Centre Europe portal educators will 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.