Settings for the development of health literacy: A conceptual review

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Jenkins, C., Wills, J. and Sykes, S. (2023). Settings for the development of health literacy: A conceptual review. Frontiers in Public Health. 11, p. 1105640. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1105640
AuthorsJenkins, C., Wills, J. and Sykes, S.
AbstractAdvances in conceptualizing settings in health promotion include understanding settings as complex and interlinked systems with a core commitment to health and related outcomes such as health literacy. Traditional settings for the development of health literacy include health care environments and schools. There is a need to identify and conceptualize non-traditional and emerging settings of twenty-first-century everyday life. The aim of this conceptual review is to inform a conceptual model of a “non-traditional” setting for the development of health literacy. The model uses the example of the public library to propose four equity-focused antecedents required in a setting for the development of health literacy: the setting acknowledges the wider determinants of health, is open access, involves local communities in how it is run, and facilitates informed action for health. The review concludes that a settings approach to the development of health literacy can be conceptualized as part of a coordinated “supersetting approach,” where multiple settings work in synergy with each other.
KeywordsPublic Health; health promoting settings; supersetting approach; systems; health literacy; settings approach
Year2023
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Journal citation11, p. 1105640
PublisherFrontiers Media S.A.
ISSN2296-2565
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1105640
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