Press release

New technologies, new disparities: the intersection of digital health literacy and women’s health

Tuesday, 21 May saw a hybrid event take place in Dublin, Ireland and online that focused on women’s health and digital health literacy. As part of the IDEAHL project, the EIWH wanted to highlight the issues that exists relating to digital health literacy and women’s health, and the importance of working to prevent barriers and exclusion.

In addition to the results of the IDEAHL project, the event heard from numerous angles on the importance of health literacy and where barriers can exist. Professor Janusz Janczukowicz, Medical University of Lodz, Chair of the WHO Academy Quality Committee and the Consultant in education for WHO EURO, spoke on digital health literacy and misinformation, and Mary Patricia Acom, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights Project Officer, AkiDwA spoke about migrant women in Ireland and how they navigate sexual and reproductive health in the digital era. Dr Heidi Siller, University of Klagenfurt, Austria, spoke on digital health literacy and domestic violence, and Dr Vanessa Moore of the EIWH finished the seminar with a presentation of the IDEAHL project and its achievements.

The IDEAHL project, funded by the European Commission, is a project aiming to develop new models of and approaches to digital health literacy. This is done in conjunction with a large number of focus groups to help shape a comprehensive and inclusive EU digital health literacy strategy. The IDEAHL consortium is composed of 14 partners from 10 EU states. Among other things, as part of IDEAHL the EIWH carried out an in-depth literature and policy review on digital health literacy and gender and inclusion, as well as a wide-ranging series of co-creation activities. Findings from these activities were presented, as well as the digital health literacy strategy which is one of the main outcomes of the IDEAHL project.

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