UAMS Center for Health Literacy Announces New Leadership Structure and Staff Addition

The UAMS Center for Health Literacy (CHL) is pleased to announce a new leadership structure and the addition of Katie Leath to the CHL team. Dr. Kristie Hadden, the founding CHL Director, has been promoted to Executive Director and is now the Principal Investigator for an NIH ROI grant as well as faculty in the College of Medicine Division of Medical Humanities and the Carl L. Nelson Chair of Orthopaedic Creativity.  Tina Moore, MEd, EdS, has been promoted to Center Director and will oversee all programs and outreach of the CHL.

Tina joined the CHL just over a year ago as the Director of Training and has provided health literacy training and presented to providers, UAMS students, and other health care professionals in multiple venues including graduate level preceptorships, Interprofessional Education workshops, CE offerings, and Grand Rounds.  She has also been involved in all other programs and services offered at the CHL including the plain language program, field testing, and research.  Tina’s background includes mathematics education; pharmaceutical sales and training; and professional development and consulting on curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  As a doctoral candidate, she is currently researching health numeracy and the communication of risk to patients.  Upon completion of her EdD, she plans on combining her expertise in health literacy, mathematics, and education to lead local and national efforts focused on health numeracy.  A proud alumnus of the University of Arkansas and lifelong Arkansan, Tina is thrilled to be part of the UA system and looks forward to leading the CHL’s future growth.

Katie Leath is joining the CHL team as the Program Administrator of Health Literacy Services and Communications. Katie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing with a minor in art\ graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007. She graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in May. After completing her final master’s project, she will graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies. Before joining the Center for Health Literacy, Katie worked at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) where she was involved in a variety of research and evaluation projects including the evaluations of the Child Wellness Intervention Project, Coordinated School Health Program, Graduated Driver License Law, and the Arkansas Health Care Independence Program (Private Option).

The CHL is very excited to move forward with these changes in structure and staffing.