Brenda Hughes is the Manager of the Community Systems Team for the South Carolina Department of Health. She is responsible for a team implementing policy, systems and environmental change to advance health equity in rural populations. She serves in a leadership role in multiple coalitions across the state to develop community capacity, build sustainable communities and address the root causes of health inequities. Previously Brenda worked at Drexel University College of Medicine School of Medicine to promote chronic disease prevention and health equity in underserved urban populations. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University and a Master of Public Health from Drexel University.