Project Description

20 April 2020


Developing and promoting health-supportive environments across the life-course

UK Healthy Cities Network is working with Health Literacy UK and Ireland to support delivery of their biennial conference, which takes place at Newcastle University on 24 April 2020.

Health Literacy is defined by the World Health Organisation as “The personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.

Low levels of health literacy are associated with poorer access to health services, poorer communication with health-care professionals, lower adherence to treatment and poorer self-management of health conditions. Improved health literacy could therefore contribute to reducing health inequalities, strengthen health and improve healthcare efficiency.

Health literacy is a critical determinant of health which results in health inequalities, independent of other social and environmental factors.  It remains a priority are of work for WHO under Phase VII of the Healthy Cities movement.

For more information about this event, including abstract submission visit