Dr. Reininger is an associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science for the University of Texas, School of Public Health Regional Campus at Brownsville. Dr. Reininger’s research focuses on evidence-based, participatory approaches to improving health with minority populations. Dr. Reininger currently serves as principal investigator for several projects to address chronic diseases and has over 55 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Reininger, in partnership with an active community advisory board in South Texas, has supported policy and environmental changes including tobacco-free ordinances, complete street ordinances, building bike/ped trails, community gardens, farmers’ markets, chronic care management programs and community wide campaigns. These efforts and partnerships resulted in City of Brownsville winning the 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.