Brenda Hughes, MPH
Regional Community Transformation Grant Coordinator
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control


Brenda Hughes received her MPH, with a concentration in community health and prevention, from Drexel University. In her previous position as a project manager at Drexel University School of Medicine, she worked with underserved urban populations in the areas of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. She also served on the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for AIDS Research Community Action Board, the Healthy Start Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Health Services Advisory Committee.

Ms. Hughes currently serves as the Community Transformation Grant Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. She is responsible for implementing population-focused, evidence-based environmental and system change strategies in a four-county region to improve health outcomes in populations that are most highly impacted by health disparities. She serves as vice chair of the local Eat Smart, Move More Coalition, chair of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance Health Disparities Workgroup, and member of the Access Health Low Country Advisory Council. She has a rich understanding of the social determinants of health and expertise in community-based participatory research, program design, evaluation, and community assessment.