Ilona Kickbusch


"Health Literacy is the ability to make sound health decision in the context of every day life – at home, in the community, at the workplace, the health care system, the market place and the political arena. It is a critical empowerment strategy to increase people’s control over their health, their ability to seek out information and their ability to take responsibility."

Health literacy

Development of health literacy

Ilona Kickbusch is committed to the development of the concept of health literacy. The goal is to place health literacy as a key form of literacy in 21st century societies and as an important investment in population health. She lectures widely on the subject, has served on the advisory group of the Swiss health literacy survey as well as the advisory board for the 2009 Swiss Public Health Association Conference which focused on Health literacy.

She helped establish to South Australian and the Swiss Alliance for Health Literacy and helped initiate the European Health Literacy Survey, more.

Health literacy: engaging in a political debate. editorial Int J Public Health 54 (2009) 1–2

Health Literacy: Towards active health citizenship. (with Daniela Maag) in: Sprenger, M. (ED) Public health in Österreich und Europa. Festschrift Horst Noack. Graz 2006. pp151-158

Health Literacy: addressing the health and education divide. in Health Promotion International, Vol, 16.3 (2001) pg 289-297

Living with chronic disease

Her work on patient education and empowerment for the Careum Foundation’s project EVIVO and for ENOPE are closely linked to the concept of health literacy.

Gesund und aktiv mit chronischer Krankheit leben. Hrsg. mit Joerg Haslbeck. Careum Verlag 2011

The Solid Facts: Health Literacy

The significance of literacy and health literacy as crucially important determinants of health is being increasingly recognised. People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, whereas those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health. Despite this knowledge, both remain neglected areas of public health action and research. In 2013 the WHO European Office published The Solid Facts: Health Literacy - Editors: Ilona Kickbusch, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Franklin Apfel & Agis D. Tsouros. A German version is in preparation.

 
 

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