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Women's History Month Spotlight: M. Joycelyn Elders, Md


Dr. Minnie Joycelyn Elders was born August 13, 1933 in Arkansas. Dr. Elders had a desire to help others by becoming a doctor. Her desire was stirred up even more after her very first doctors visit at the age of sixteen. Dr. Elders attended the University of Arkansas for medical science. She was the first person, man or woman, in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology. She was also the first African American woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.


Dr. Elders work was monumental and contributed to many advances in the health and care of adolescents when dealing with major health situations. Dr. Elders has now retired from medical practice, but she continues to impact the future of medicine. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, and she is active in public health education.

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