SAHM President Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FSAHM, is profiled in the July online issue of The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health and will appear in the inaugural issue of the print version of this Journal in AugustAs SAHM looks ahead to its 50th year, the profile looks back at Dr. Coyne-Beasley’s history leading to becoming the president of SAHM.

Dr. Coyne-Beasley grew up in Boston and graduated from Brown University, Duke University for medical school, where she became the first African-American to complete the Duke Medicine-Pediatrics residency, and received additional training in public health, adolescent and preventive medicine and medical management before accepting a tenured faculty position at UNC. Dr. Coyne-Beasley moved her way up through the ranks of SAHM after taking on many leadership roles including regional chapter president for six years, regional chapter presidents' representative to the Board of Directors, elected at-large member of the Board of Directors before being elected president-elect.  

It also touches on SAHM’s focus on global health equity, the theme for the SAHM 2018 Annual Meeting. “While we don’t mean to suggest that any of our members abandon the unique challenges in their respective communities or countries, or that there is one solution that fits all, there are clear commonalities on which to collaborate,” says Dr. Coyne-Beasley. These commonalities were included in last year’s Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing with contributions from several SAHM members.

The profile also includes what accomplishment is most important to Dr. Coyne-Beasley and a look at what motivates her.

"I want to make life better for all adolescents and young adults to ensure that they have the confidence, competency, and opportunity to achieve their dreams.”

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