Our Leadership

Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES®

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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.

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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.

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Katie Leath, MPH, MA

Program Manager for Health Literacy Services and Communication
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Katie Leath is the program manager 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.

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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.

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Emily Taylor, MEd

Plain Language Program Specialist

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Emily Taylor is the plain language program specialist for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. In this role, she contributes to the Center’s plain language editing, writing, field testing, and training services.

Early in her career, she was a hospital nutritionist where she consulted with patients and conducted nutrition education. She then went into secondary education where she taught both English and health science classes.

Emily earned a bachelor of science degree in dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of education degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree at the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health where she is studying health education and behavior.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling as often as possible, baking, and attending her children’s sporting events and activities.

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