About the OHL Project

The M-POHL OHL Project 

One of the ways to improve the health literacy responsiveness of healthcare organizations is by integrating the organizational health literacy approach into organizational quality management. Therefore, already in 2022, M-POHL began a project with the aim of facilitating the assessment of organizational health literacy in healthcare organizations. These efforts were prolonged. The timeframe of this project is from 2023-2027. 

Why does M-POHL focus on organizational health literacy in healthcare organizations?

  • Improvements in health literacy are essential for successful healthcare, disease prevention, and health promotion.
  • It is possible and meaningful to address low health literacy at the organizational level, where navigation support can be provided, communication can be improved through staff training, and people can be supported in making decisions and taking actions related to their health.
  • The organizational approach allows for a systematic and sustainable implementation of health literacy measures in healthcare organizations as part of its quality management system.

Factsheet on OHL.


The main aim of the M-POHL OHL project is:

  • to initiate and facilitate the assessment of organizational health literacy in healthcare organizations by developing, providing, and disseminating organizational health literacy assessment tools.

Thereby we aim to support healthcare organizations

  • to engage with the issue of organizational health literacy,
  • to obtain information about the strengths and weaknesses of organizational health literacy in their organization, and
  • to improve their organizational health literacy.


Currently (in 2024) 17 M-POHL member countries have joined the OHL consortium: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, IrelandItaly, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine


The OHL project is coordinated by an International Coordination Centre (ICC) located at the Austrian National Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH).

Core team of the International Coordination Centre (ICC) and their roles/responsibilities: 

  • Robert Griebler - Scientific Coordinator
  • Christa Straßmayr - Project Coordination and Research
  • Thomas Link - Statistics and Research
  • Denise Schütze - Statistics and Research

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