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Journal of Health Inequalities
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vol. 4
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Building health literacy in a Polish region: protocol for the POWER project in Lower Silesia

Kinga Janik-Koncewicz
Aleksandra Herbeć
Mateusz Zatoński
Katarzyna Rosik
Iwona Młoźniak
Jacek Krajewski
Iwona Wójcik
Joanna Rosińczuk
Andrzej Szuba
Witold A. Zatoński

J Health Inequal 2018; 4 (1): 27–30
Online publish date: 2018/06/30
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There is a high prevalence of premature mortality and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours in Lower Silesia in Poland (regional capital is the city of Wroclaw). One plausible reason is low health literacy among this population. Health literacy is one of the most important elements of public health and health promotion endeavours. It can be conceptualised as abroad range of cognitive and social skills as well as knowledge needed by an individual to maintain good health, prevent or manage diseases, and effectively engage with healthcare professionals and resources. The Health Promotion Foundation (HPF), in collaboration with regional institutions and organisations, initiated in 2017 a broad initiative to improve health in this region. The overarching aim of the wider programme is to improve the quality of care among primary care patients. The project stream led by HPF aims to improve knowledge and health-related competences in the population of primary care patients in Lower Silesia. It involves (1) needs assessment based on the analysis of data on health status and neds from 50 participating primary care clinics, followed by (2) development of tailored face-to-face workshops that will be delivered by trained public health students, (3) who will be mentored using train-the-trainer approach. It is anticipated that the project will impact on three main areas in the long term. First, it will lead to creation of a package of workshops that could be delivered to other primary care patients. Second, it will create opportunities for students majoring in public health in the region to become directly involved in activities focused on health education and promotion. Three, it is anticipated that the project will lead to improvements in health and wellbeing among the participating patient groups. The present report describes the scope and method of the project.

health literacy, premature mortality, Lower Silesia population, health improvement

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