October 21st - Breakout Panel: The COVID-HL Consortium: Overview and Results Around Digital Health Literacy in University Students from an International Network of Partners from 44 Countries

The COVID-HL Consortium, an international network of partners from 44 different countries seeking to understand digital health literacy in relation to COVID-19 at a global level, was formed in March 2020. The focal population in the first waves of surveys is university students. Using shared data collection instruments, members of the COVID-HL Consortium have collected data from over 40,000 university students. 

In this panel, the COVID-HL Consortium co-leader/founder, will give an overview of the Consortium, information about the harmonized data elements, and preliminary results from the large sample. Distinguished panelists from three diverse settings (China/Philippines/Malaysia/Singapore, Portugal, and Vietnam) who are participating in the Consortium will then present findings from three specific study sites and efforts. This will be followed by an overview of next steps for this effort and discussion/Q&A with audience members.

Orkan Okan

Post Doc Researcher, Faculty of Educational Science at Bielefeld University, Germany

Orkan Okan, First Staatsexamen, Dr. phil., is post doc researcher at the Faculty of Educational Science at Bielefeld University, Germany. He was one of the founding members of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Literacy Research. Orkan is project manager and researcher in the German national Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence research consortium (HLCA, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and project lead in the Health Literate Schools project (HeLit-Schools, German Federal Ministry of Health). Together with his research colleagues, Orkan is coordinator of the global COVID-19 Health Literacy Consortium and PI of the German coronavirus-based health literacy study. His current research addresses health literacy in pupils, teachers, and schools, health literacy policies analyses, and health literacy measurement in children. Most recently, he has been engaged with health literacy research related to COVID-19 and infodemics. Orkan is co-editor of two health literacy books “International Handbook of Health Literacy” and “New Approaches to Health Literacy”.

Angela Y.M. Leung, Ph.D., M.H.A., B.N., R.N.

Director of the Centre for Gerontological Nursing (CGN) / Leader of research theme ‘Aging and Health’, Associate Professor, School of Nursing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Angela Leung, Ph.D., M.H.A., B.N., R.N., is Director of the Centre for Gerontological Nursing (CGN) / Leader of research theme ‘Aging and Health’, Associate Professor of the School of Nursing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is an active researcher in health literacy and dementia caregiving, with a wide range of publications in international journals. She has a strong belief that technology can help people to understand their current health status and make the informed health decision. Her recent studies include COVID-19 Digital Health Literacy Study, COVID-19 Blended Gaming COVID-19 Training System (BGCTS) with WHO guidelines for staff in residential care homes: A cluster RCT.

Rafaela Rosário, PhD

Professor, University of Minho, Braga-Portugal

Rafaela Rosário, Ph.D., is a Professor at University of Minho, Braga-Portugal. Her research concerns health literacy, health promotion and schools. She is especially interested in studying determinants for and consequences health literacy and obesity, together with developing intervention programs with schoolchildren and family. With a vast research network, including School for Health in Europe and COVID-HL consortium, she has a track record of collaboration at both national and international level.

Linh Hoang Thuy Nguyen, Ph.D, MPH

Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Linh Hoang Thuy Nguyen, Ph.D, MPH, is a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology- Biostatistic and Demography, Faculty of Public Health at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam. Dr. Linh has worked in health arena and in the field of public health. Her research is conducted within a community based participatory research framework with focus on the improvement of women’s health, mental health, school health and other elimination of health disparities. She is currently interested in the settings-based health promotion and digital public health, in particular during Covid-19 pandemic.

Kathleen Salerno (Moderator)

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October 21st: Panel: The COVID-HL Consortium
Recorded 10/21/2020
Recorded 10/21/2020 Orkan Okan Bielefeld University Angela Y.M Leung The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Rafaela Rosário University of Minho Nguyen Hoang Thuy Linh Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Description: The COVID-HL Consortium, an international network of partners from 44 different countries seeking to understand digital health literacy in relation to COVID-19 at a global level, was formed in March 2020. The focal population in the first waves of surveys is university students. Using shared data collection instruments, members of the COVID-HL Consortium have collected data from over 40,000 university students. In this panel, the COVID-HL Consortium co-leader/founder, will give an overview of the Consortium, information about the harmonized data elements, and preliminary results from the large sample. Distinguished panelists from three diverse settings (China/Philippines/Malaysia/Singapore, Portugal, and Vietnam) who are participating in the Consortium will then present findings from three specific study sites and efforts. This will be followed by an overview of next steps for this effort and discussion/Q&A with audience members.
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