Trustee, Dr. Belinda Reininger
Dr. Belinda Reininger is a Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas- Houston School Health Regional Campus at Brownsville and the Interim Chair for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Department of Population Health and Biostatistics. She was elected to the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees in May 2018.
Dr. Reininger has multiple degrees from the University of Texas. She is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She also completed a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas – Houston School of Public Health. Dr. Reininger has been working in higher education and public health for over 24 years. She has over 70 scientific publications and has been invited to present her scientific research in Mexico, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa and extensively in the United States.
In 2015 she was the sole winner of the Associations of Schools and Programs of Public Health /Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice. This national award recognizes a graduate faculty who advances and integrates scholarly public health practices within research, teaching and service.
In 2016 she was awarded a UT Regent's Outstanding Teaching award. This award is the University’s premier teaching award honoring outstanding teachers from across the system. She is proud of this award because it represents her dedication and collaboration with students from the Valley.
In 2012 she was awarded the Excellence in Practice Award by the University of Texas School of Public Health. This award is important because it represents Dr. Reininger's dedication to and collaboration with local Valley entities to jointly achieve better health and education outcomes.
Dr. Reininger has a passion for public service. She has served as a leader in multiple organizations that are improving education and health in the Rio Grande Valley. She has served on the advisory board for the Harlingen School of Health Professions since the school opened. She also has served in a leadership role on the Community Advisory Board, Unidos Contra La Diabetes and the Tu Salud ¡Sí Cuenta! Campaign. She is an active member of two organizations that support young women’s education and character development. Dr. Reininger is the director of the Summer Science Internship program for high school students that places students with university researchers to conduct scientific experiments during the summer. She is also an active member of the Healthy Harlingen Initiative. She was a founding member of the Brownsville Farmers’ Market. She served on the Board of Directors for St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Dr. Reininger and her husband Kenneth, a graduate of Harlingen High School, moved to Harlingen in 2001 to raise their three children, Kenneth age 20, Korynne age 15, and Kennedy age 10.