Health literacy in all politics

Thursday, 5 October 2017 | 12.00-13.30 | Hotel NORICA

Organised by Health Literacy Coalition and sponsored by MSD

Demographic change and chronic diseases, personalised medicine and public health genomics, electronic health records and e-health - these and many other developments will be key features of future health. At the same time citizens and patients will have to play a more central role in decision-making. Is health literacy sufficiently reflected in current health policy? Are citizens and patients sufficiently empowered? Do health systems sufficiently allow citizens and patients to take their role?

The workshop will discuss future health, the role of citizens and patients and implications for health policy.

  • Who should drive health literacy?
  • How can citizens be further involved to create a 'whole of society approach'?
  • What policies need to be in place so that citizens, patients and healthcare systems can truly benefit from improved health literacy?

Health literacy requires the support of the healthcare community working together with politicians, governments and citizens to include health in education and policy, as well as to reduce inequalities. Without a cross-sectoral approach, the potential of health literacy to truly revitalise our healthcare systems will not be fully expounded.

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Speakers & panellists

Interventions from

KRISTINE SØRENSEN, Founder, Global Health Literacy Academy

DEEPAK KHANNA, Senior Vice President and Regional President (EMEAC), MSD Oncology

KAISA IMMONEN, Director of Policy, European Patients’ Forum (EPF)

Representative of Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)


John Bowis OBE, International Health Policy Advisor and Honorary President, Health First Europe

Biographical information

NameBowis, John
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NameImmonen, Kaisa
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NameKhanna, Deepak
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NameSørensen, Kristine
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