Research project

National Health Literacy Contact Point

Promoting health literacy

More than half of the population in Germany have limited health literacy and thus report difficulties in accessing, understanding, appraising and applying health information. Especially people with a migration background, chronic diseases, young people as well as older people more often the lack knowledge to deal with health relevant information. To change this a group of experts, scientists and politicians developed a health literacy national action plan. The National Health Literacy Contact Point was created to implement the plan's objectives.

What does the National Health Literacy Contact Point do?

It has diverse tasks and responsibilities, as research on health literacy is still in its infancy and there are several gaps. For this reason the Health Literacy Contact Point aims to:

  • Link existing studies and projects on the topic of health literacy
  • Collect data and knowledge to promote further research
  • Encourage stakeholder to collaborate
  • Initiate coordinated and multidisciplinary concepts for better health literacy 

Who is addressed?

The National Health Literacy Contact Point considers itself as contact partner for all who are working on the topic of health literacy. These are stakeholder and organizations from science and research or healthcare and self-help as well as politicians and practitioners:

  • Public Health Scientists
  • Health care professionals 
  • Self-help and patient associations
  • Associations and organizations of health care

Cooperation partners


  • The National Health Literacy Contact Point is led by healthcare researcher Dominique Vogt. It is based at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and funded by the AOK-Bundesverband.