2015 Health Promotion Conference. Health Literacy: Research, Policy & Practice | 18 June 2015
Welcome to the 2015 Health Literacy Conference

The 2015 Health Promotion Conference held on Thursday 18th June was a very successful event.

To view presentations please visit the Health Promotion Research Centre homepage.


Healthy Ireland Framework identifies Health Literacy as a priority action to empower people and communities for improved health and wellbeing. Health literacy is linked to literacy and is about people’s knowledge and ability to access, understand, assess and apply health information in order to take decisions in everyday life to improve their health (Sorenson et al, 2012). There is often a mismatch between people’s health literacy skills and abilities and the health literacy demands placed upon them by ever more complex health environments. Health literacy affects health outcomes.  Low health literacy is more prevalent among socially disadvantaged groups and  is recognized as a strong contributor to health inequalities. The promotion of health literacy is critical to active and informed participation in health promotion, disease prevention, and health care. The European Health Literacy survey found that nearly half of all adults across the eight countries surveyed, including Ireland, had inadequate or problematic health literacy skills that adversely affect their health.


The aim of the 2015 Health Promotion Conference 'Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Practice' was to explore the importance of health literacy and how it can be enhanced as a priority area for Health Promotion. The conference brought together policy, research and practice perspectives on how health literacy can be strengthened, including the implementation of health literacy interventions across sectors that will promote the health of the citizens of Ireland.


Conference Venue:
The conference was held in Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland Galway. Click here for the campus map.


Conference Dates: 
The conference started at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday 18th June, 2015 and closed at 5 p.m.  

Delegates must pay online by credit/debit card. Visa, Mastercard and laser are the only cards accepted.

Conditions of Registration:
Delegates are expected to insure themselves against theft, loss, accidents and damage or medical expenses that may arise. The organising committee does not accept responsibility for any of the above. A confirmation email will be issued to the email address you input when you have confirmed your registration. This will detail your booking and confirm the price to be deducted from your card.

Cancellation Policy:
Provided a written cancellation is received before May 30th, 2015, the full payment minus 20% for bank charges and handling will be refunded. No refunds will be given after that date. The cancellation policy applies to all reservations made. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. Please submit cancellation in writing to the Conference secretariat.

Further information:
Conference Secretariat:
+353 (0) 91 492722
Email: hprcconference@nuigalway.ie


Previous Conferences: For details and presentations from previous conferences please click here.

For further information on the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway please click here.