"Health Literacy is the ability to make sound health decision in the context of every day life – at home, in the community, at the workplace, the health care system, the market place and the political arena. It is a critical empowerment strategy to increase people’s control over their health, their ability to seek out information and their ability to take responsibility."
The Solid Facts: Health Literacy
The significance of literacy and health literacy as crucially important determinants of health is being increasingly recognised. People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, whereas those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health. Despite this knowledge, both remain neglected areas of public health action and research. In 2013 the WHO European Office published The Solid Facts: Health Literacy - Editors: Ilona Kickbusch, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Franklin Apfel & Agis D. Tsouros. The German version is available here.
Ilona Kickbusch is committed to the development of
the concept of health literacy. The goal is to place health literacy as a
key form of literacy in 21st century societies and as an important
investment in population health. She lectures widely on the subject and
has served on several advisory boards on the subject. At present she
serves on the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on health education and health literacy for NCDs and on the advisory group for the German National
Action Plan on Health Literacy and moderated the launch of the plan.
She organized the CAREUM DIALOG
2017 on health literacy for the 3 German speaking countries – see report
here. She is on the scientific advisory board for the health literacy
initiative implemented in Partnership between the Careum Foundation and
the Kanton of Zürich.
gesundheitskompetenz-zh.ch/gut-informiert-entscheiden. Her work
on patient education and empowerment for the Careum Foundation’s project EVIVO and for ENOPE are closely linked to the concept of health
Some classic contributions include:
more on www.wilsonquarterly.com
Video and presentation on udg.edu