Dear AHLA members, Directors of the AHLA country offices, the international affiliates, global partners of health literacy, friends and colleagues,
You are warmly invited to join the 8th AHLA International Conference, which will be jointly organized by the Show Chwan Medical Group and held at Oct 27-29, in Chang Hua, Taiwan. The 8th AHLA has been postponed by the unpredicted Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, which provides the global community a renewed lesson that the health literacy is essential for healthcare in its quality and effectiveness.
During the pandemic, the benefits of adequate health literacy serve to help the public in active and timely preventive measures, like vaccination or wearing masks. Health literacy also facilitates effective implementation of social distance and contact tracing. The later have been demonstrated as the effective public health measures against the transmission of the coronaviruses. During the past 2 years, the global community and the human civilization have been impacted with the novel viruses, as well as the unpreparedness in meeting the challenges of the emerging global public health issues. The covid-19 pandemic is not the only concern. There are other challenges in climate changes and the goals set in the MDGs, which needs better management, consensus, and communications between the global health communities.
The 8thAHLA, as we are overcoming the pandemic, will serve the interest of the public health and healthcare sectors across the region. The 8th AHLA will relink the members and the communities on the following themes,
- Health literacy and quality of healthcare services
- Health literacy beyond pandemics
- Health literacy and social resilience
- Health literacy by the people and the public
- Creation of health literacy for the patients
Prof. Peter Chang
Asian Health Literacy Association