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Special Issue "Health Literacy in Context—Settings, Media, and Populations"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Don Nutbeam

School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
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Interests: social and behavioural determinants of health, the development and evaluation of public health interventions
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Diane Levin-Zamir

Department of Health Education and Promotion, Clalit Health Services, Tel-Aviv, Israel & University of Haifa School of Public Health, Israel
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gill Rowlands

Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AX, United Kingdom
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We have been invited to plan and edit a Special Issue on “Health Literacy in Context” for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Health literacy has been defined and conceptualized in multiple ways, but almost all definitions have the same core elements describing the skills that enable individuals to obtain, understand and use information to make decisions and take actions that will have an impact on their health. These health literacy skills can be applied to the full range of determinants of health (personal, social and environmental). Previous research has established that these skills and abilities are mediated by environmental demands and situational complexities.

To date, most published health literacy research has focused on assessing and improving personal skills and abilities. This Special Issue will examine more closely current progress in understanding “Health Literacy in Context”, and welcomes papers that improve our understanding of the mutual impact of a range of social, economic, environmental, and organisational influences on health literacy.

We especially encourage submission of papers that report on:

  • the relationships between physical and social environments and health literacy;
  • interventions to reduce environmental demands and complexity, including for example interventions to reduce organisational and administrative complexity of health services;
  • health literacy interventions that are responsive to cultural preferences; and
  • health literacy interventions using the preferred media of disengaged populations.

We encourage prospective authors to submit a 350 word abstract by 15 December 2017 for consideration and feedback by the Guest Editors. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full manuscript. Subject to the decision of the Special issue editors, up to 5 manuscripts accepted through this process will receive a waiver of the normal Journal publication fee. In addition, authors may submit their paper through the normal journal submission process and the usual journal processing fee of 1600 CHF will apply. All manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s normal peer review process.

Closing date for full manuscript submissions (through either process) is the 30 April 2018.

IJERPH is an established, open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. Its impact factor is 2.101 (2016); 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.540 (2016). For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph

Prof. Dr. Don Nutbeam
Prof. Dr. Diane Levin-Zamir
Prof. Dr. Gill Rowlands
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Health education
  • Health literacy
  • Health interventions
  • Health promotion
  • Organizational change
  • Social disadvantage
  • Social environment

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Research

Open AccessArticle Do Low Income Youth of Color See “The Bigger Picture” When Discussing Type 2 Diabetes: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Public Health Literacy Campaign
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 840; doi:10.3390/ijerph15050840
Received: 3 February 2018 / Revised: 19 April 2018 / Accepted: 20 April 2018 / Published: 24 April 2018
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As Type 2 diabetes spikes among minority and low-income youth, there is an urgent need to tackle the drivers of this preventable disease. The Bigger Picture (TBP) is a counter-marketing campaign using youth-created, spoken-word public service announcements (PSAs) to reframe the epidemic as
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As Type 2 diabetes spikes among minority and low-income youth, there is an urgent need to tackle the drivers of this preventable disease. The Bigger Picture (TBP) is a counter-marketing campaign using youth-created, spoken-word public service announcements (PSAs) to reframe the epidemic as a socio-environmental phenomenon requiring communal action, civic engagement and norm change. Methods: We examined whether and how TBP PSAs advance health literacy among low-income, minority youth. We showed nine PSAs, asking individuals open-ended questions via questionnaire, then facilitating a focus group to reflect upon the PSAs. Results: Questionnaire responses revealed a balance between individual vs. public health literacy. Some focused on individual responsibility and behaviors, while others described socio-environmental forces underlying risk. The focus group generated a preponderance of public health literacy responses, emphasizing future action. Striking sociopolitical themes emerged, reflecting tensions minority and low-income youth experience, such as entrapment vs. liberation. Conclusion: Our findings speak to the structural barriers and complexities underlying diabetes risk, and the ability of spoken word medium to make these challenges visible and motivate action. Practice Implications: Delivering TBP content to promote interactive reflection has potential to change behavioral norms and build capacity to confront the social, economic and structural factors that influence behaviors. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Literacy in Context—Settings, Media, and Populations)
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Open AccessArticle The Antecedents and Consequences of Health Literacy in an Ecological Perspective: Results from an Experimental Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 798; doi:10.3390/ijerph15040798
Received: 13 March 2018 / Revised: 8 April 2018 / Accepted: 16 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
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This study analyses the relationship between the antecedents and consequences of health literacy (HL) at the ecological level among the nations involved in the European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU). The antecedents and consequences were investigated by means of proxy indicators. The HL was
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This study analyses the relationship between the antecedents and consequences of health literacy (HL) at the ecological level among the nations involved in the European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU). The antecedents and consequences were investigated by means of proxy indicators. The HL was measured using the 47-item HLS-EU questionnaire (HLS-EUQ47) and the Newest Vital Sign (NVS). The two measures stood in significant correlation to the outcomes of the sub-discipline of the Euro Health Consumer Index (r = 0.790 for HLS-EUQ47; r = 0.789 for NVS). The HLS-EUQ47 also stood in correlation to the percentage of population with post-secondary education (r = 0.810), the reading performance for 15-year-old students (r = 0.905), the presence of a national screening program for breast (r = 0.732) or cervical cancer (r = 0.873). The NVS stood in correlation with the unemployment rate (r = −0.778), the Gross Domestic Product (r = 0.719), the Gini coefficient (r = −0.743), the rank of the Euro Patient Empowerment Index (r = −0.826), the expenditure on social protection (r = 0.814), the Consumer Empowerment Index (r = 0.898), the percentage of adults using the internet for seeking health information (r = 0.759), the prevalence of overweight individuals (r = −0.843), the health expenditure (r = 0.766), as well as the percentage of individuals using the internet for interacting with public authorities (r = 0.755). This study provides some preliminary considerations regarding alternative means by which to study HL and proposes new methods for experimentation. The methods and the results could offer a means by which the relationship between society and overall healthcare protection could be strengthened. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Effective Partnership in Community-Based Health Promotion: Lessons from the Health Literacy Partnership
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1550; doi:10.3390/ijerph14121550
Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 30 November 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
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This paper aims to explore key elements needed to successfully develop healthy partnerships and collaborative working in community-based health promotion. It draws upon the lessons learned from a case study with the Health Literacy Partnership in Stoke-on-Trent, UK in developing the health literacy
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This paper aims to explore key elements needed to successfully develop healthy partnerships and collaborative working in community-based health promotion. It draws upon the lessons learned from a case study with the Health Literacy Partnership in Stoke-on-Trent, UK in developing the health literacy strategy in the area. The process was underpinned by respect for diverse yet complementary perspectives and skills from the grassroots up. This involved engagement with key stakeholders, development and support for community projects, and sharing of good practice with other national and local organizations. Stakeholders involved in developing the strategy also had a keen interest in health literacy and a strong commitment to promoting health and well-being in the area. Through patience, perseverance, and continuous open communication and learning, the health literacy strategy in Stoke-on-Trent, UK is beginning to have a ripple effect into local practice, and will potentially influence policy in the future. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Literacy in Context—Settings, Media, and Populations)
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