Panel B: The WHO Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy

Monday, October 30 11:30am – 1:00pm EST

M-POHL, the World Health Organization (WHO) Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational HL, was established in 2018 and has 23 participating member countries and five observer countries from the WHO European Region, as well as observers from Asia. The main objective of M-POHL is to provide high-quality data on population and organizational HL and developing policy recommendations based on data generated. M-POHL places HL on the international and national agenda and offers high-level international exchange on the latest HL developments, data, evidence, and experiences to improve research and national policies. Such agenda-setting for HL is needed more than ever, as the health agenda is becoming increasingly challenging due to several dynamic trends, including the health threats posed by the climate crisis, the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation, pandemics such as COVID-19, mental health challenges in the context of the current global multi-crisis, and the rapidly growing medical and health knowledge and technologies. M-POHL’s three current projects will be presented. The added value and goal of the panel is to convey how the M-POHL projects contribute to the much-needed evidence base for HL and sustainably place HL on the national and international research, policy, and practice agendas. It will discuss what can be learned from such an initiative in other countries.