February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the many important contributions African Americans have made to the country. One such champion in the health and medical field is Dr. John B. Coleman.
Dr. John B. Coleman (1929-1994) was a Houston, Texas-based physician, businessman and humanitarian. HCC Coleman College in Houston was named in honor of Dr. Coleman. HCC Coleman is a health sciences college and one of the member institutions of the world-famous Texas Medical Center.
More about Dr. John B. Coleman
- As part of his extensive career, Dr. Coleman served as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also as the Chief of Staff at Riverside General Hospital in Hospital in Houston, he founded the Cullen Women’s Center, and was at one time President of the Almeda Square Medical Group. (An intriguing article in Black Enterprise magazine from 1976 describes a “Houston Doctors’ Health Care Dream Come True,” describing the Almeda Square practice, opened to offer better healthcare to the city’s Black community.)
- When he served on the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M University System, Dr. Coleman was the first Africa American appointed to this role.
- Coleman also served on the or Advisory Boards or Board of Regents for various other institutions and organizations, like Texas Southern University, Huston-Tillotson College, the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators and the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.
- Heavily involved with the community, Dr. Coleman served as Chair of the United Negro College Fund(Houston Division), and on the Board of Directors for such organizations as the South Central YMCA, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce.
- Both the library at Prairie Valley A&M University and an outstanding youth award administered by Riverside General Hospital are also named in Dr. Coleman’s honor.
- “ Coleman’s contributions to the city were so widespread that the City of Houston, the State of Texas and Fisk University saluted him with a special celebration at the Shamrock Hotel in 1981,” states HCC Coleman College.
More about HCC Coleman College
DID YOU KNOW?The world’s largest medical complex is the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston, Texas.• Over 160,000 people, from patients to staff and volunteers, visit TMC each day.• The TMC has approximately 106,000 employees, as well as 50,000 life science students.
HCC Coleman College—“HCC” stands for Houston Community College—is a Health Sciences College that was founded in 2004. It offers 20 or more certificate and associate degree programs, ranging from studies in nursing, patient care, therapeutic, dental and administrative healthcare professions to diagnostic areas, like sonography, radiography and more.
“The School, named for Dr. Coleman, has grown to be the leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renown Texas Medical Center,” states the College’s website. “Degrees and certification programs in some of the fastest-growing careers in medicine are offered and the school’s outstanding faculty are acknowledged by their peers for leadership and vision.”
Being a part of the Texas Medical Center, HCC Coleman adds that it “provides its students unsurpassed access to world-renown health science resources.”