Health Literacy: Bridging the Language Gap


About the Course  

Episode 1: Delve into the critical importance of health literacy and the challenges encountered by those with low literacy skills. This podcast emphasizes the profound impact of inadequate health literacy on healthcare outcomes and underscores the crucial role nurses play in identifying patients' literacy levels and advocating for systemic changes. Strategies for improving health literacy, including clear instructions, technology utilization, and interprofessional collaboration, are explored in depth.

Episode 2:  Explore strategies for enhancing health literacy and overcoming barriers in healthcare. Discover the significance of assessing health literacy during patient interactions and adopting system-level approaches to promote a health literate healthcare organization. Discussions include various strategies to overcome health literacy barriers. Gain valuable insights into empowering patients and navigating the complexities of the healthcare landscape. 

Listen, Learn, and Earn CE Hours with this podcast course. Available on AppleSpotify, and other podcast apps. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize  the significant impact of inadequate health literacy on healthcare outcomes, including its implications for patient understanding, adherence to medical instructions, and overall health management. 
  • Identify the crucial role nurses play in identifying patients' literacy levels and advocating for systemic changes to improve health literacy within healthcare settings. 
  • Explain barriers to effective communication in healthcare due to low health literacy and identify approaches to overcome these barriers, including the use of plain language, visual aids, and patient education materials. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Kathleen Wolz is an advanced practice nurse who has had the opportunity to have served in multiple fields withing the nursing profession. She has been a tenured college professor in an Associate Degree Nursing Program, a hospital educator, a critical care nurse, and a leader in online and virtual reality education. She has served as a volunteer and board member of the local free and charitable medical clinic for over 20 years, as well as participating in three medical missions. Currently Dr. Wolz is co-owner of two primary/urgent care clinics and a comprehensive medical spa. She is fervent about providing access to medical care for those with limited access and mentoring and educating those entering or new to the nursing profession. 

Dr. Candace Pierce is a nurse leader committed to ensuring nurses are well prepared and offered abundant opportunities and resources to enhance their skills acquisition and confidence at the bedside. With 15 years in nursing, she has worked at the bedside, in management, and in nursing education. She has demonstrated expertise and scholarship in innovation and design thinking in healthcare and education, and collaborative efforts within and outside of healthcare. Scholarship endeavors include funded grants, publications, and presentations. As a leader, Dr. Pierce strives to empower others to create and deploy ideas and embrace their professional roles as leaders, change agents, and problem solvers. In her position as the Sr. Course Development Manager for Elite, she works as a project engineer with subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses and other healthcare professionals.       

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement

It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept support from ineligible companies. Furthermore, ineligible companies are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

©2024: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.  

Accreditations and Approvals

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.