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WUN Adolescent Health Literacy Workshop- June 2015

About the WUN Public Health Global Challenge Education Group


The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Public Health Global Challenge (PHGC) Education Group was formed during the 2013 PHGC Conference. The purpose of this group is to facilitate research and collaboration across the WUN to identify, implement and measure best practice in regard to “The role of schools as a setting for reducing risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs)”. The approach will address the interplay between the school environment and the individual student in the development of health literacy to promote current and future health-enhancing behaviours, health and well-being. A key issue for this group is the lack of an agreed definition of adolescent health literacy.


About the Workshop


The workshop is designed to enable participants from the compulsory education, health and science sectors to define strategies for assessment of competencies that support the development of health-promoting behaviours which in turn support NCD risk reduction, and to plan research assessing the efficacy of these strategies over the next 5 years.


June 25th - 26th, 2015


The workshop will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Members of the compulsory education, health and science sectors involved or interested in school-based interventions addressing issues of health and/or scientific literacy development in relation to a life-course approach to NCD risk reduction associated with an understanding of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) as previously invited to membership of the group.


There is an increasing interest in the potential for learning programmes within the compulsory education sector to contribute to improved health and wellbeing. In particular it is recognised that adolescence offers a physical, social and emotional transitional point where current and later life health can be positively influenced. This requires collaboration between education, science, and health communities within the context of the society in which the proposed intervention action is set. Such intervention programmes should be co-constructed by collaboration partners, ensuring that they support strategic goals relevant to the education setting, as well as those of the health sector. For this to be effective, shared understanding of educational, science and health priorities, context, purpose and setting is required. Definition and assessment of science and health literacies, and the competencies (subject specific and generic) associated with the ability of adolescents to apply these literacies are key issues that could benefit from discussion between collaborating sectors. While there is a significant body of literature relating to the development of key competencies and scientific literacy in adolescence, this is lacking for health literacy and for the complex interaction of competencies to support long-term wellbeing for the individual as well as for society at large.


Registration and Contact Information


Registration is restricted to members of the WUN Health Literacy group.

Event contact

Jacquie Bay (, the University of Auckland.