Come celebrate National Health Center Week with Berks Community Health Center! Join us for FREE informational booths, refreshments, giveaways, music and other activities! The Covid vaccine and other health screenings will be available. We will be practicing social distancing at our event.
As we celebrate Black History month, we want to share a few brief stories of black Americans who changed healthcare. Today, Jane Cooke Wright:"The daughter of one of the first African American graduates of Harvard Medical School, Wright grew up with a keen interest in healthcare. Her father, Dr. Louis Wright, was also the first Black doctor appointed to a staff position at a municipal hospital in New York City, and in 1929, the city hired him as police surgeon — the first African American to hold that position.After earning her medical degree, Dr. Jane Cooke Wright worked alongside her father at the Cancer Research Foundation in Harlem, which her father established in 1948. Together, father and daughter researched chemotherapy drugs that led to remissions in patients with leukemia and lymphoma.In 1952, when her father died of tuberculosis, Wright became the head of the Cancer Research Foundation at age 33. She created an innovative technique to test the effect of drugs on cancer cells by using patient tissue rather than laboratory mice. She advanced to work as the director of cancer chemotherapy at New York University Medical Center, and she was an associate dean at New York Medical College.The New York Cancer Society elected Wright as its first woman president in 1971. Her research helped transform chemotherapy from a last resort to a viable treatment for cancer."Source: www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/african-american-pioneers-who-changed-healthcare/... See MoreSee Less