BMN Blog

MAY 14

Teen Health Week, a global campaign to raise awareness of the unique health issues adolescents and young adults face, is observed every year during the first week of April. However, raising awareness is an everyday reality for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s of Alabama, where our team of specialists provides a comprehensive array of services to help patients transition into a healthy adulthood. 

Our new division, formerly part of the UAB Division of General Pediatrics, offers primary adolescent and young adult care, and subspecialty services at the William A. Daniel Jr. Adolescent Health Center at Children’s of Alabama. Our team of physicians, nutritionists, nurses, psychologists and social workers are trained to handle the unique needs of adolescents and young adults, seeing more than 5,000 of these patients annually. In addition, our program is one of seven premier programs in the U.S., federally funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau as a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Program. This funding allows us to train our providers to be leaders in clinical care, research, public policy and advocacy. It also allows us to provide comprehensive adolescent health care considering one’s physical and psychosocial well-being. 

Our clinic is currently undergoing renovations and will expand to double its size. Additional faculty have been hired to meet demand. Our providers are: 

  • Heather Ashley, M.D.
  • Heather Austin, PhD
  • Krista Casazza, PhD, RDN, LD, CSSD
  • Tamera Coyne-Beasley, M.D., MPH, FAAP, FSAHM
  • Nefertiti Durant, M.D., MPH, Clinic Director
  • Samantha Hill, M.D.
  • Hannah Hulsey, M.D.
  • Vinetra King, PhD
  • Jamie McKinney, M.D.
  • Christa Nevins, M.D.
  • Rebekah Savage, M.D., MPH
  • Tina Simpson, M.D., MPH
  • Stephenie Wallace, M.D., MSPH 

Our Adolescent Health Center clinic programs specialize in both primary and subspecialty consultations for patients ages 11 to 21. Services provided by our primary care clinic include comprehensive health assessments, immunizations, sexual and reproductive health, acne management, evaluation of menstrual disorders, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and screening and management of mental health issues and substance use. Additional services include HIV prevention and treatment, including pre-exposure prophylaxis, sports physical exams and transition from adolescent health care to adult health care. Our specialty clinic programs include: 

  • Adolescent Nutrition Clinic
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic
  • Children’s Center for Weight Management Eating Disorders Clinic
  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Clinic
  • Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Clinic- for complex medical and psychosocial needs
  • Menstrual Disorders Clinic
  • Nutrition Clinic
  • Substance Use Prevention and Management Clinic
  • Teen Transition Clinic 

To learn more about our Division of Adolescent Medicine and clinics, visit http://ChildrensAL.org/adolescent-health-center. 

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, M.D., MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, is the Derroll M. Dawkins, M.D. Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine at UAB, director of the UAB Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s of Alabama, UAB Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and UAB Vice Chair for Community Engagement.

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