Heidi Beidinger has spent her entire career dedicated to public health and education. She currently serves as the President of the St. Joseph County Board of Health, to which she was appointed in 2016 by Mayor Pete Buttigieg. She has a broad background in public health and has deep roots in the House Seat 5 district, where she has conducted health and policy research for nearly a decade.
As a professor at the University of Notre Dame, her focus is on public health and policy. Her work is deeply rooted in partnership with the communities, organizations, and governments in St. Joseph County, and grows out of her commitment to healthy homes and environments for all Hoosiers.
Her most recent research focuses on lead poisoning prevention and precipitated the development of a Lead Screening Kit to help families identify lead hazards in their home environment.
Before teaching at Notre Dame and leading the Board of Health, Heidi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she conducted community research and developed an expertise in treating and preventing HIV and other STDs. Heidi also worked as a consultant in K-12 education for nearly 10 years before her work at the CDC.
Heidi holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Analysis from Western Michigan University.