M-POHL was launched in February 2018 and has currently (in 2022) 22 participating member countries, 8 observer countries from the WHO European Region, and in addition observers from Asian countries. M-POHL as a WHO Action Network is closely cooperating with WHO-Europe.
M-POHL member countries are represented by a policy representative and a research expert (principal investigator). Policy representatives are usually appointed by the MoH or other public policy body and should be part of national decision making processes in relation to health literacy measurements and interventions. Principal investigators should also be appointed by the MoH, have experience with population-based measurements and should be related to a research institution.
M-POHL chairs and international coordination
The M-POHL Action Network is currently co-chaired by Christina Dietscher (Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Republic of Austria) and by Diane Levin-Zamir (University of Haifa, School of Public Health and Clalit Health Services).
The International Coordination Centre (ICC) of the M-POHL Action Network is situated within the WHO-CC for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care at the department of Health Literacy and Health Promotion of the Austrian National Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH).The main responsible person for the coordination at the ICC is Christa Straßmayr.
Anastasia Koylyu is M-POHLs health literacy contact at the WHO/Europe.
National M-POHL Partners