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About Us


Heather Brandt 

Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES, Project Director

Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES is Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate School and Associate Professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  She is also Public Health Director in the Center for Colon Cancer Research and faculty affiliate in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, TecHealth-Technology Center to promote Healthy Lifestyles, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  For the CCSPSC, she serves as Co-Program Director.  Dr. Brandt enjoys using collaborative approaches to address cancer-related health disparities, and the CCSPSC offers her the opportunity to work with long-time partners and new ones too.  She is committed to working with others who share her interest in making a difference in South Carolina and beyond wherever, whenever, and however she can through programming, advocacy, and action.


Hiluv Johnson

Hiluv Johnson, BS, Program Coordinator

Hiluv Johnson has worked on various research projects at the University of South Carolina and Palmetto Health Richland since 2009.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work.  She began working on the CCSPSC in December 2015.  Ms. Johnson has always been interested in both health disparities and ways to mobilize her community to live healthier, more active lives.  Through her previous research experience, she became more involved in breast cancer prevention.  However, her interests include other types of cancer as well.  Through the CCSPSC, Ms. Johnson is able to explore her interests and learn more about CRC.  As the program coordinator, she enjoys visiting the various federally qualified health centers sites, meeting the staff, and hearing all of the beautiful success stories.  An interesting fact about Hiluv is her love of running long distances.  Hiluv shared: “Running is my therapy.”


Cindy Calef

Cindy Calef, MAML, Program Implementer

Cindy Calef began working on the CCSPSC in December of 2015 in order to make an impact on a larger scale.  She is passionate about public health as she has worked in the healthcare field for 15 years, 10 of which were at federally qualified health centers.  Witnessing the challenges underserved communities face sparked Ms. Calef’s interest in health disparities.  The most rewarding part of working with the CCSPSC for her is helping providers increase CRC screening rates, especially for underserved patients.  She is a Latina with experience addressing health barriers for Hispanic patients, is highly involved in community activism, and loves politics.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Health Services Policy and Management and has her Master of Arts in Management and Leadership.