Health literacy in action

WHO/Malin Bring

In recent years, health literacy has become an area of increasing interest for researchers and policy-makers alike. The examples below present a snapshot of the dynamic ways health literacy has been measured, improved and made more accessible to communities around the world.

Global – National Health Literacy Demonstration Projects (NHLDPs) developed under the auspices of the Global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs
September 2017

Global – Health literacy and social change: exploring networks and interests groups shaping the rising global health literacy movement
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

Australia – Development and testing of a framework for analysing health literacy in public policy documents
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

China – improving health literacy and medication compliance through comic books: a quasi-experimental study of Chinese community-dwelling older adults
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

China – Measuring functional, interactive and critical health literacy of Chinese secondary school students: reliable, valid and feasible?
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

New Zealand – Cultural health literacy: the experiences of Maori in palliative care
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

United Kingdom – Challenges and opportunities in building critical health literacy
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

Virtual world – Health literacy practices in social virtual worlds and the influence on health behaviour
IUHPE – Global Health Promotion, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2018

Personal stories

Health literacy is not just a concept – it shapes people’s health every day. These stories illustrate how health literacy impacts the lives of people in different ways.

Denmark – [Video] HPV and cervical cancer: a personal story

Ireland – [Video] Get the facts, get the HPV vaccine: the personal story of an HPV vaccination advocate

Netherlands – [Video] Dutch television host shares personal experience with superbug infection