Dr. Candis M. Hunter is an Environmental Health Scientist with research interests in environmental justice, food accessibility, community engagement, implementation science, and children’s health to advance health equity and multisector partnerships. She received her BS in Chemistry from Spelman College and her MSPH with a dual concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is the first African American to receive a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Emory University. Her doctoral research explored behaviors to mitigate heavy metal soil contaminant exposures among community gardeners. Dr. Hunter serves as an Environmental Health Officer in the US Public Health Service stationed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is certified as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/ Registered Sanitarian. She is passionate about community gardening, mentoring, reducing microplastics, and mixed methods research approaches.