|Description:||Taken during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to speak at the 1991 Joseph W. Mountin Lecture, this photographic portrait featured former United States Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. (1993-1994).|
In 1987, Dr. Elders was appointed Director of the Arkansas Department of Health by then-Governor Bill Clinton. In 1992, she was elected President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Dr. Elders became Surgeon General of the Public Health Service on September 8, 1993, appointed by former President Clinton. She was the first African American to serve in the position.