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PMOplus- Project Management Office and Health Literacy Policy Analysis (PMO)

The Project Management Office (PMO) is a pipeline project responsible for the scientific and technical management and coordination of the consortium. The PMO comprises the consortium coordinator, the deputy coordinator, and the manager (PMs).

The technical goals of the PMO can be summarised as followed:

  • to support the coordinator in the implementation of the consortium’s overall objectives and activities
  • to ensure compliance with the expected scientific goals of the subprojects, including liaison, reporting and exchange with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Project Management Agency (DLR)
  • to carry out efficient technical and scientific management (day-to-day management)
  • to ensure overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management
  • to drive planning, scheduling, controlling and closing activities related to all scientific and technical processes
  • to set-up up quality assurance and monitoring of HLCA, including a Project Quality Plan (PQP), risk management, and assurance of the effective attainment of the subproject’s milestones and tracking and comparing the consortium work and results against the work plan
  • to establish a Steering Committee (SC), a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and a Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB)
  • to enhance networking and capacity building, including international meetings and grant proposal writing with national and international partners in response to open calls from the European Commission (Horizon2020: ITN, Cost) and the BMBF
  • to synthesise consortium results in collaboration with the SynthHLCA subproject
  • to attempt continuous outreach, dissemination, and exploitation of the research results.

PMOplus is also dedicated to scientific research questions in relation to health literacy policies and thereby focusses on how available health literacy policies address the enhancement of health literacy in children and adolescents.

The research goals:

  • Systematic literature search on health literacy policies and analysis how they address the promotion of health literacy in children and adolescents
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis of identified policies
  • Qualitative interviews und Delphi study with policy and decision makers,
  • Development of best practices,
  • Dissemination: advocacy und policy dialogues,
  • Research transfer, exploitation and dissemination

PMO plus  will specifically carry out research on available health literacy-related policies on national and international levels, which address children and adolescents. As the focus of the HLCA consortium is mostly on intervention research that aims at addressing decision makers, the findings from this research module will contribute to the evidence for good policy measures. With a clear focus on policy research, the consortium responds to recent governmental and NGO policies addressing the promotion of health literacy. This is best portrayed by international summary reports of national health literacy policies within the European Region and the world and various declarations published by NGOs. Although health literacy is on the agenda of many policy reports, children and adolescents are often marginalised in policy-making, with only few exceptions given, which arise mostly from educational policies and approaches. The main objective of this policy research module is to gather information, compile evidence, and report on good policy practices on health literacy or literacy related health promotion for children and adolescents, which can be recommended to the German and the international settings. Methodologically, the research will focus on (1) literature reviews aiming at identifying and analysing available programmes and measures as well as good practices in developing and implementing those strategies, including analysis of their effectiveness and success in accomplishing predefined goals. Policies to be screened will include, e.g. public health, medical, social, and educational policy documents. Additionally, (2) policy and decision-makers involved in the development and implementation of these policies on regional, national, and international levels will be interviewed to learn about challenges they have faced, requirements of health literacy policies, and practices that support effective policy action. Experts will be recruited from e.g. representatives of national and federal ministries, members of the European Council, NGO members and activists, or health and non-health professionals and practitioners. PMO plus  will closely collaborate with the Tool-HLCA subproject which assesses non-policy health literacy interventions addressing children and adolescents. In addition, the findings of the PMO plus  will be integrated into the Tool-HLCA intervention toolbox. Findings will be disseminated through a policy check-list, that includes good practices and lessons learned as well as via policy briefs and dialogues with decision-makers to foster adoption and implementation of health literacy policy action. For this purpose, PMO plus  will draw on current established collaborations, as with the project on developing a National Action Plan for Health Literacy in Germany (NAP-HL, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation). While the NAP-HL project focuses on the general population, the PMO plus  will focus on children and adolescents. Therefore, this subproject will systematically map the field and provide evidence for good health literacy policies. During the research progress, the findings will be made available to the members of consortium.


About the project


Project management and implementation

Prof. Dr. Ullrich Bauer
Dr. Paulo Pinheiro


Orkan Okan



März 2015 - Februar 2018


Further information about the HLCA joint project can be found at www.hlca-consortium.de!

Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung


Coronavirus pandemic and health literacy: The coronavirus is currently spreading worldwide. During this pandemic, health literacy must be given special emphasis in order to prevent the new virus from spreading more rapidly. Further information can be found here.

COVID-19 and Infodemic: The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by the so-called "Infodemic" (Infodemic). Finding good information, protecting oneself from fake news and untruths and making sensible health decisions in these crises are the main focus. Further information can be found here.

Interview Children's health literacy: Children and young people are an important target group for the promotion of health literacy. However, little research has been done into this area. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung spoke to Orkan Okan of the ICHL about the current situation in Germany. Further information can be found here.

Development of a WHO European Region action plan on health literacy: In February, WHO Europe launched an initiative in Copenhagen to develop a European action plan to promote and strengthen health literacy for the 53 European Member States. Further information can be found here.

Health literacy in the digital age: This was the motto of a conference in Berlin on 04.02.2020. Link

4. HLCA Summer School: "Advancing health literacy during the life course: towards a health literate Europe" takes place at Bielefeld University from 23 to 27 September 2019. Link

Research Symposium: On 2.09.2019 the Research Symposium with the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) will take place at Bielefeld University (Room X-E0-222)

Patricia Wahl (Graf), Alexandra Fretian and Ullrich Bauer report on the topic of "Psychische Erkrankung im Alltag: Tabuisierung und Stigmatisierung" in the youth welfare report 02.19

IGEL Evaluation - Ergebnisse: Effectiveness of a school-based intervention to prevent child sexual abuse (Czerwinski et al.) Download

Die Utopie der Gene: Ullrich Bauer on the influence of genes in DIE ZEIT. Download Download

Ullrich Bauer bei der Child's World Conference (11.-13. Juli 2018). Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils. Download

The EUSPR Newsletter The EUSPR Newsletter gives an overview of the German Health Prevention Network.

New article in the Archive of Public Health - Journal, by Domanska, O.M., Firnges, C., Bollweg, T.M. et al. Download

Ullrich Bauer's review of "Stimmungen der Soziologie" als short version and long version

New publications

International Handbook of health literacy
Handbuch Sozialisationsforschung
Präevention von sexueller Gewalt in der Primarstufe
Psychisch belastete Eltern in der sozialpädagogischen Familienhilfe
 Children in times of crisis