Conference Programme

Wednesday 13 March 2019


09:00 - 17:00



15:00 - 17:00

Health literacy – an introduction: what is health literacy and why is it important?

This workshop is for people who are new to health literacy and people who wish to have a brush up regarding the concept before the conference starts. The workshop introduces the concept of health literacy, the measurement of health literacy and how health literacy can be implemented at the individual as well as organizational levels. The workshop forms a basis for health literacy discussions regarding research, policy, and practice that will be taking place during the main conference.


Organiser: Health Literacy Europe

Facilitator: Mirjam Fransen, Amsterdam University

Open for all

Pre-conference meeting

14:00 - 18:00

Health literacy in children and adolescents (the HCLA consortium)


Center for empowering patients and communities (CEMPAC)


Thursday 14 March 2019


08:30 - 09:00


Conference Opening

(Moderator Professor Gerardine Doyle)

09:00 - 09:20

  • Minister of State for Health and Well-being, Catherine Byrne TD

  • Deputy President, University College Dublin, Professor Mark Rogers,  

  • International Health Literacy Association, Peter Chang, vice-president, tbc

  • IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Literacy, Diane Levin-Zamir

Plenary session A with keynote

09:20 - 10:00

“Health Literate Health Care: Making the Vision a Reality”, Professor Cindy Brach, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Coffee Break

10:00 - 10:30



10:30 - 12:00

  1. Improving quality of care for patients with limited health literacy

  2. The Crystal Clear Mark: Building Literacy Friendly Pharmacies in Ireland

  3. The Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy (M-POHL) of WHO Europe's Health Information Initiative (EHII): an introduction

  4. Conceptual, theoretical, and practical aspects of HL measurements

  5. Bridging the gap between health literacy research and education: development and evaluation of a European health literacy education program

  6. Organisational health literacy – system-level health literacy response approaches for health care services working with non-communicable diseases.

  7. WHO National Health Literacy Demonstration Projects (NHLDPs): European Action Network for intervention development and implementation

Lunch and UCD Woodland Walk - (some specific lunch sessions)

12:00 - 13:00

  • Poster exhibition

  • IHLA Open Forum

  • Health Literacy Explorer Forum (networking for young professionals and PhD candidates)

Research Session A

13:00 - 15:00

  1. Health literacy and non-communicable diseases (I)

  2. Health literacy and self-management

  3. Heath literacy and decision-making

  4. Health literacy measurement

  5. Health literate organizations

  6. Digital health literacy

Break and UCD Woodland Walk

15:00 - 15:30


Plenary Session B
(Moderator Professor Stephan van den Broucke)

15:30 - 17:00

Panel discussion on how to build health literate societies?

  • Health literate organizations, NALA, Inez Baily, confirmed

  • Health literate hospitals, GOEG, Jürgen Pelikan, confirmed

  • Health literate schools, tbc

  • Healthy literate cities, tbc

  • Debate with conference delegates

Network and interest group meetings

17:00 - 18:00

(contact Abbey Conference Organisers for room reservation)

Conference dinner and music

19:00 - 23:00


Friday 15 March 2019

Plenary session C with keynote

08:30 - 09:00

“Leaving no one behind – including seldom heard voices in health literate societies”, Professor Freek Spinnewijn, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless FEANTSA, European Public Health Alliance

Research session B with oral presentations

09:00 - 10:30

  1. Health literacy and non-communicable diseases (II)

  2. Health literacy and migrants

  3. Health literacy and women

  4. Health literacy and children and adolescents

  5. Health literacy and capacity building

  6. Health literacy policy


10:30 - 11:00



11:00 - 11:45

  1. Teach-back on individual and group level in Sweden: experiences and outcomes from training of health professionals and cultural mediators

  2. How to respond to patients with varying health literacy strengths and limitations? A responsibilty of health professionals and institutions

  3. How to Build Partnerships and Programs to Serve Immigrants and Migrants

  4. Empowering Women Globally: Using Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches to Improve Health Literacy and Promote Equity

  5. Digital Health Literacy for a more Equitable and Health Literate Society – Opportunities and Challenges Throughout the Lifespan

  6. IC-health: development of MOOcs to promote digital health literacy. First results and future challenges and co-creation session

Lunch – (including specific lunch sessions)

11:45 - 12:30

  • Poster exhibition

  • ‘Appy hour (health literate apps exchange)

Plenary with panel discussion on health literacy policy development (moderator Dr Kristine Sørensen)

12:30 - 13:30

  • Christina Dietscher, M-POHL, the Austrian Ministry of Health.

  • European Patients Forum, patient representative, tbc

  • Ireland – Govt representative, tbc

  • Gill Rowlands, University of Newcastle

  • MSD, tbc

Grand Closing 

(Moderator Dr. Kristine Sørensen)

13:30 - 14:30

Poster Award (Professor Stephan van den Broucke)


Keynote: Building health literate societies, Dr. Claudia Stein, Director of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, the European Office of the World Health Organization


Closing remarks: Professor Gerardine Doyle, Professor Stephan van den Broucke & Dr. Kristine Sørensen

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