by David McDaid
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO Regional Office for Europe, August 2016
Strengthening health literacy throughout people’s lives is one important way of improving health. However it requires effective action outside the health sector, particularly in education and this has sometimes significant costs. This policy brief brings together the evidence on co-benefits for the education sector and will help policy makers to make the case that investing in health literacy programmes for children has economic benefits for schools, for young people as they reach adulthood and for the wider society.