Health literacy among migrant women in the Nordic countries
If we are to improve and maintain good health and quality of life throughout life, we need to place greater emphasis on people’s health literacy. Among other things, there is a clear relationship between low health literacy and health inequality. Health literacy is the ability to obtain, read, understand, and use healthcare information in order to maintain, promote or improve one’s health.
The Nordic Welfare Centre’s project Health literacy among migrant women in the Nordic countries focuses on health literacy as a concept and studies how the Nordic countries work with health literacy, whether that be strategically, practically or scientifically.
The emphasis is on health literacy among migrant groups, especially women born outside the Nordic region. The project specifically focuses on the group migrant women because, as a group, they are more vulnerable than men in terms of level of education and establishing themselves in the labour market.
The project’s target groups include ministries, government agencies, municipalities and regional authorities.
Results and timetable
A report on health literacy, with a specific focus on migrant women, will be published within the framework of the project. Among other things, this report will include a survey of national strategies and practical examples of how the Nordic countries work with health literacy. Additional issues to be addressed include the consequences of low health literacy, both for the individual and society, and which groups are most vulnerable.
The report will be published in early 2021.