Universität Bielefeld

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Interdisciplinary Centre
for Health Literacy

Toolbox Health Literacy Interventions in Childhood and Adolescence (Tool-HLCA)



Brief description

In the second HLCA funding phase, the Tool-HLCA sub-project is concerned with the question of how to promote the health literacy of children and young people in Germany. Two central components are a research of existing programmes and strategies and the development of a method box (toolbox) to promote health literacy. The target group focuses on school-aged children (grades 7 and 8) in German schools.


Project description

The Tool-HLCA sub-project focuses on the question of how to promote the health literacy of children and young people in Germany..

The sub-project includes extensive research of existing strategies, programmes and measures for the target group and the analysis of these with selected quality criteria. The overall project goal is to develop a toolbox for the promotion of health literacy in childhood and adolescence. Central components of theproject are:

  1. the results of the inventory and the evaluation of available health literacy programmes and strategies for children and adolescents;
  2. concrete assistance and recommendations for the planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions to promote health literacy in the target group.

The toolbox is particularly aimed at various actors in research and practice. The toolbox can therefore be used as a 'building block' with user-friendly methods and support for the promotion of health literacy among school-aged children in Germany. In this context the mandatory media literacy framework for classroom teaching in German schools as well as curricular guidelines are considered and thus the strengthening of health literacy can be effectively integrated.

The Tool-HLCA sub-project builds on the research work of the predecessor project 'TeCoMo' (first HLCA funding phase 2015-18): the findings on the conceptual understanding of health literacy in childhood and adolescence provide the conceptual basis for Tool-HLCA. In the HLCA network, Tool-HLCA works very closely with the other subprojects, as the projects benefit from each other both during implementation and during the dissemination of the results.


About the project


Project implementation and Contact

Tessa Schulenkorf




2018 - 2021


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