Lynn Caldwell Hawkins is the Vice President of Operations for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) in association with UAMS' Office of Strategy, Management, and Administration. Mrs. Hawkins has worked with ARHP as it began its formalization as a 501(c)(3) in 2008 and became a full-time employee in 2016. Since then, she has served ARHP as the Chief Officer of Membership and University Partnerships, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Projects Officer until securing her most recent position as Vice President of Operations.
Mrs. Hawkins has more than 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations focusing on community and network development, program implementation, grants management, and advocacy efforts to build and strengthen existing programs and/or develop programs to improve the quality of life in rural Arkansas. She has served as an AR Delta Technical Assistance Provider, covering 42 east Arkansas counties; was instrumental in the implementation of and compliance with the Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA) insurance enrollment program under the Affordable Care Act and provided oversight of the CHCA statewide Outreach and Enrollment Network. Mrs. Hawkins has served as a Government Relations Manager assisting with securing funding for community health centers. Ms. Hawkins currently serves on state and regional boards and commissions, including the Arkansas Division of Rural Services Commission, Congressman Rick Crawford’s Delta Regional Economic Advancement Council, the Arkansas Community Health Worker Commission, and the Arkansas PBS Rural Advisory Group. She received a certificate of completion from Harvard Business School’s HarvardX on Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs.