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


Dr. Hudson is currently an assistant professor, teaching and advising in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine.  She focuses on health behavior change utilizing communication and behavior change theory for intervention development and the implications of social determinants of health on chronic disease prevention behavior.  Having received graduate training at the University of Massachusetts- and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Hudson has over 20 years of experience in community health program development, implementation and evaluation. Her work has included the development of interventions to influence the health and welfare of rural, urban, and migrant populations. She has worked specifically with vulnerable populations including low-income and communities of color, with an emphasis on primary prevention of chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension and cancer. In addition she has worked on crucial contemporary issues such as youth violence, as director of the first primary prevention program addressing youth violence; managing within one of the first federally funded programs addressing teen pregnancy; and a member of the evaluation team for the REACH Breast and Cervical Cancer program in Massachusetts. 


Most recently Dr. Hudson has focused on examining the social determinants of health and their influence on primary and secondary prevention behaviors at the individual and community level. While serving as Vice President-Community Health Initiatives, of the New England Division of the American Cancer Society, Dr Hudson was appointed to the Disparities Senior Strategy Team to develop the national strategy and standards for addressing cancer-related health disparities. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Health Advocacy Committee for the New England Area Conference (NEAC) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).    The national, regional and local NAACP institutions have identified the elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity as one of three top priority areas. As Vice-Chair she also serves as a core member of the planning committee in collaboration with the Harvard University CFAR on the Forgotten Epidemic:  HIV/AIDS Crisis in Black America Symposia, and served as a member of the New England Regional Minority Health Committee.


Dr. Hudson is a member of the American Public Health Association and its state affiliate, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, in addition to the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), and the International Communication Association.