As we embark on the history of African Americans, we wanted to share a local black history fact. Every February, the United States honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history.
We are spotlighting, Dr. James Francis Shober. From our research, we found that Dr. James Francis Shober was an African American doctor and the first known black physician to practice in North Carolina. Dr. Shober was born on August 23, 1853, in the Moravian town of Salem (now Winston-Salem), North Carolina.
Today, we celebrate our very own, Dr. Veronica Wiltshire, Chief Medical Officer of United Health Centers, as well. Dr. Wiltshire is a community healthcare advocate. Her goal is to ensure community clinics give quality and equitable healthcare, in the most compassionate and respectable manner. Especially, to those underinsured and to those without insurance. She is passionate about mentorship. She mentors many minority students, who are interested in medicine. She is forward-thinking about making a positive impact, as the Chief Medical Officer for the United Health Centers community. Dr. Wiltshire’s main goal is to make sure policies are in place for our staff and patients to be happy, while at the clinic and to work hard to advocate for our patients to have the needed resources and quality care.
Let’s celebrate the life and legacy of those who have serve and serving in our healthcare communities.