Research project

National Health Literacy Contact Point

Promoting health literacy

More than half of the population in Germany has limited health literacy and thus reports difficulties in accessing, understanding, appraising and applying health information. In particular, people with a migration background, with chronic diseases, young people or older people are more likely to lack the knowledge to deal with relevant health information. To change this, a group of experts, scientists and politicians has developed a national action plan for health literacy. The National Health Literacy Contact Point has been created to implement the plan's objectives.

What does the National Health Literacy Contact Point do?

It has a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities since 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 stakeholders to collaborate
  • Initiate coordinated and multidisciplinary approaches for better health literacy 

Who is addressed?

The National Health Literacy Contact Point considers itself a contact partner for everyone who works on the topic of health literacy. This includes the following stakeholders and organisations from the fields of science and research or healthcare and self-help as well as these groups of politicians and practitioners:

  • Public Health Scientists
  • Health care professionals 
  • Self-help and patient associations
  • Health care associations and organisations

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.