Linda B. Hudson, ScD, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Vice Chair, NAACP Health Advocacy Committee

Linda Hudson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her key areas of interest include health behavior change through utilization of the communication and behavior change theory for intervention development as well as the implications of social determinants of health on chronic disease prevention behavior.

Dr. Hudson has over 20 years of experience in community health and program development, implementation, and evaluation. She received graduate training at the University of Massachusetts and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research has included the development of interventions to influence the health and welfare of rural, urban, and migrant populations. Over the course of her career, she has specifically focused on vulnerable populations (including low-income and communities of color) with an emphasis on primary prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.

Dr. Hudson has focused on critical contemporary issues, such as youth violence, in her roles as (1) director of the first primary prevention program addressing youth violence; (2) manager of one of the first federally-funded programs addressing teen pregnancy; and (3) member of the evaluation team for the REACH Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in Massachusetts. Her other areas of interest include social determinants of health and their influence on primary and secondary prevention behaviors at both individual and community levels.

Dr. Hudson was appointed to the Disparities Senior Strategy Team while serving as Vice President of Community Health Initiatives of the New England Division of the American Cancer Society. In this role, she served on a team that developed a national strategy and standards for addressing cancer-related health disparities. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the NAACP Health Advocacy Committee for the New England Area Conference. National, regional, and local NAACP affiliates have identified the elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity as one of its three top priority areas.

Dr. Hudson is a member of the American Public Health Association and its state affiliate, the Massachusetts Public Health Association. She also is a member of the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues and the International Communication Association. As vice chair, she serves as a core member of the planning committee that collaborates with the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research in conducting a series of symposia, the Forgotten Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Crisis in Black America. She previously served on the New England Regional Minority Health Committee as well.