Our Leadership

Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES®

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Director

Alison collaborates with UAMS leaders in education, research, and clinical care and a host of external partners to advance the CHL’s mission to improve health by making health information easy to understand. She leads the team of expert staff who provide health communications training and a host of services including plain language assessment and editing, Spanish translation, health education materials development, and field testing.

Alison’s background includes workforce development, public health education and research, patient education, medical administration, and major gifts fundraising. She also completed a prevention fellowship with the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Alison holds an undergraduate degree in health education from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in public health from UAMS. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES®).

When she isn’t at work, Alison enjoys spending time outside with her family and experimenting with new recipes.

Contact Alison
Phone: (501) 686-5463

Jennifer Gan, MBA

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Faculty Instructor

Jennifer works with CHL staff and affiliate faculty on a variety of collaborative projects.

Before joining the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, Jennifer worked as deputy director of clinical research for a clinic in California specializing in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Jennifer has managed multiple clinical research projects, surgical resident educational research, and an international robot-assisted laparoscopic surgical training program at the University of California Irvine (UCI). She also worked at the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships.

Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in sociology from UCI and a master’s degree from the Health Care Executive MBA program at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business. She has also completed the Research Administration Management Program at UCI and a research specialist certification at UAMS.

When she is not at work, she enjoys road trips with friends, float trips on lazy rivers, and finding hidden gems and adventures across the Natural State.

Contact Jen
Phone: (501) 296-1568

Katie Leath, MPH, MA

Program Administrator for Health Literacy Services and Communication
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Katie Leath is the program administrator for plain language services offered by the UAMS Center for Health Literacy and also serves as the Center’s communication and public relations specialist. In this position, she lends her health communication expertise to help create and edit health-related materials for patients and consumers at UAMS and beyond.

Before joining the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, Katie worked for over five years at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement in research and evaluation.

Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated with honors from UAMS with a master of public health degree and from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master’s degree in applied communication studies.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her family and friends at the lake.

Contact Katie
Phone: (501) 686-2579

Simone Maddox, MPH, CHES®

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Health Education Specialist

In her role, Simone Maddox applies her expertise in health education to plain language projects to make health content not only easy to understand but reflective of her deep knowledge of health behavior theory. She contributes this expertise through developing new content, editing documents for our health system and external clients, field testing, and collaborative research.

In a previous role at the Center, Simone served as health coach in a multi-site trial to improve diabetes outcomes among rural primary care patients. Before joining the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, she worked as a health educator for the U.S. Army Public Health Command in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Simone earned her bachelor’s degree in health education and promotion from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her master’s degree of public health from The University of Memphis. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES®).

In her spare time, Simone enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Simone
Phone: (501) 296-1568

Scarlett Rice

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Project Manager

Scarlett Rice is the project manager for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. Her role includes financial management and project coordination across services including plain language editing and assessment, training, and field testing.  

Before joining the Center, Scarlett worked in grants management with UAMS Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network (OSPAN). She has also worked as a certified credentialing specialist at the Arkansas State Medical Board and a receiving supervisor at the Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Scarlett earned her bachelor’s degree in pre-medical biology from Arkansas State University. She completed the research specialist certification while at UAMS OSPAN.

Outside of work, Scarlett enjoys crafting, creating, cooking (more importantly feeding), and spending time with her family, friends, and animals.

Contact Scarlett
Phone: (501) 686-5765

Maria Ruvalcaba

Program Administrator for Field Testing and Spanish Health Literacy Services
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Maria is a bilingual, certified medical interpreter with over 15 years of experience as a liaison between families and healthcare providers. In her role at the Center, Maria administers our field testing of health materials and all of our Spanish language services.

Maria’s extensive experience includes serving in a variety of health education and promotion roles. She is a dedicated advocate for helping those in the community who struggle with health information most.

Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is enrolled in the public health certificate program at UAMS.

After a long day at work, she enjoys cooking authentic Mexican cuisine with her family.

Contact Maria
Phone: (501) 296-1571