Health Literacy Progress for Men in Europe Erasmus Project

General information for the Health Literacy Progress for Men in Europe Erasmus Project

Health Literacy Progress for Men in Europe Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Health Literacy Progress for Men in Europe

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Key Competences (incl. mathematics and literacy) – basic skills; Health and wellbeing; Gender equality / equal opportunities

Project Summary

The project “Health Literacy Progress for Men in Europe” ( HelpMen) addressed the question how men can be better achieved by health literacy and actively improve it. In the whole field of health education and promotion, men are strongly underrepresented. In addition, there is hardly any differentiation between offers for men with lower educational chances, so that disadvantaged or migrant men are not explicitly in sight. This entails the risk that health and social disadvantages will solidify, as people with a high need for basic education often also have health problems and are less well informed of their health. Health is therefore an essential equality issue for men.

Objectives of the project
The guiding principle of the HelpMen project was to reach men better with basic health education and by taking part in a participatory context so that access disadvantages are eliminated. This was intended to enable them to reflect their health situation and, if possible, to improve it and to adopt basic health competences. In order to achieve this, 20 pilot projects were carried out and also multipliers were sensitized, qualified and equipped with a curriculum that can be transferred into their own practice. The HelpMen pilot projects covered a wide range of educational areas and settings, six of them were explicitly related to migration and flight.

HelpMen created a broad knowledge for specialists and educational organizations on the health-related basic education of men. This will enable to sustainably strengthen men’s health competencies. A central result was the jointly developed curriculum and the publication of the entire project results in book and brochure form. Through the project, a crystallization core was created for European networking in men’s health (basic) education.

Potential long-term benefits
The project provided an impetus to include health as a subject of basic education, to discuss this in a gender-differentiated way, and to develop it in a “masculine” manner. The integration of health aspects into the canon of basic education will improve the health prerequisites for social participation, particularly for educationally disadvantaged people and for the benefit of health competences.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 174397,5 Eur

Project Coordinator

Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut Tübingen & Country: DE

Project Partners

  • Institut für Frauen- und Männergesundheit (Standort MEN Männergesundheitszentrum)
  • VOLKSHOCHSCHULVERBAND BADEN-WURTTEMBERG EV
  • infoMann – actTogether asbl
  • Kardinal Nikolaus Cusanus Akademie