Presentation on theme: "World Health Communication Associates Reaching the “Disadvantaged” “We Love Eating” PAU education project Scientific board and city coordinator meeting."— Presentation transcript:
World Health Communication Associates Reaching the “Disadvantaged” “We Love Eating” PAU education project Scientific board and city coordinator meeting Barcelona 16 June 2014 Franklin Apfel MD, MHS – Managing Director, World Health Communication Associates
Identify About 1 in 2 persons have inadequate or problematic health literacy (HLS-EU Consortium 2012)
European Health Literacy Survey-Tool What does it measure ? Accessing, understanding, appraising and applying
Why is Health Literacy important Health Outcomes of Weak Health Literacy Poorer health choices Riskier behaviours Less use of preventive services More delayed diagnoses Poorer understanding of medical conditions Less adherence to medical instructions Poorer self-management skills Increased risk of hospitalization Increased mortality risk Higher health costs
WHO Healthy City publication – includes attributes of health literate http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/urban- health/publications/2013/health-literacy.-the-solid-facts 12
Exchange Messages from “poorly reached” 1.Know more about us. 2.Reframe ‘hard-to-reach’ as ‘poorly-reached’ system failures. 3.View immunisation as one part of larger health challenges. 4.Integrate us into mainstream programmes. 5.Involve us in all stages of programmes aimed at enhancing our inclusion and health. 6.Adapt governance and health systems to be more inclusive. 7.Health Mediators and other community health workers are critically important resources – they need to be supported. 8.Be accessible and respectful. 9.Beware of incentives that could be viewed as bribes for compliance.
Demonstrate Attributes of Health Literate City Provides political leadership Measures/Integrates Trains workforce Engages with target populations Applies universal precautions Aids navigation Provides understandable materials