Ruth Temple

(1892-1984). Medical doctor, health educator. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from Loma Linda Medical School. She practiced medicine in Los Angeles, where she pioneered that city’s public health work. In 1941 she opened the city health department’s Public Health Clinic in southeast Los Angeles. In 1944 she founded Community Health Week. In 1962 she became director for health services for the Southern California Conference and also began work with the Total Health Program and Community Health Association. Dr. Temple lectured around the world for the cause of health. She was the recipient of more than 30 awards for her medical contributions spanning more than 50 years.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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