Belinda Reininger, DrPH

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Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests community-based participatory research and intervention research; Hispanic health, particular emphasis on obesity, diet, physical activity and chronic disease prevention and management.


2016 - UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award. This award is the University’s premier teaching award honoring outstanding teachers from across the system.

2015 - ASPPH/Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice.  This award is for graduate faculty who advance and integrate scholarly public health practices within research, teaching and service.

2012 - University of Texas School of Public Health Excellence in Practice Award.

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Recent Publications

Intrapersonal and environmental correlates of bicycling in United States adults

(Porter, A., Salvo, D., Pérez, A., Reininger, B., Kohl, H.W.; Preventative Medicine;

Community perceptions of biobanking participation: A qualitative study among individuals of Mexican-American in three Texas cities

(Heredia NI, Krasny S, Strong LL, Von Hatten L, Nguyen L, Reininger BM, McNeill LH, Fernández ME; Public Health Genomics; 2016)

Healthy eating patterns associated with acculturation, sex, and BMI among Mexican Americans

(Reininger B, Lee M, Jennings R, Evans A, Vidoni M; Public Health Nutrition; 2016)

The association of depression and anxiety with glycemic control among Mexican-Americans with diabetes living near the U.S.-Mexico border

(Kendzor, DE, Chen, M, Reininger, B, Businelle, MS, Stewart, DS, Fisher-Hoch, SP, Rentfro, A, Wetter, DW, McCormick, JB; BMC Public Health, 2014)

Recent News

Program Encouraging People to Take Control of Health

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A program based out of Cameron County offers people with Type 2 diabetes ways to control the disease.

UTHealth’s Belinda Reininger recognized for excellence in public health practice

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The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and Pfizer, Inc. made the announcement today.

Brownsville Receives Prize

Brownsville was one of only six cities in the nation selected for the award, which was announced today at the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health. The prize honors communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and stakeholders to help residents live healthier lives. Brownsville will receive a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a Culture of Health.

Community Advisory Board celebrates 10 years of healthy living in Brownsville

It’s been 10 years since The University of Texas School of Public Health launched its Community Advisory Board in Brownsville, and those 10 years were marked with a celebration for the success of this collaboration in the Rio Grande Valley.

UTSPH and City of Brownsville recognized for community health initiatives

The city of Brownsville, Tex., was selected along with 11 other communities from across the nation as finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) second annual RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. The University of Texas School of Public Health is a primary partner in Brownsville community health programming.