Associate Professor of the Practice
919 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Heidi Beidinger-Burnett currently serves as an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Eck Institute for Global Health. With a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Analysis from Western Michigan University, she has developed a broad background in public health, policy, community-based research and leadership. She undertook various leadership roles with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 13 years. She developed an expertise in STDs/HIV, correctional healthcare, and surveillance and monitoring programs focused on improving screening and treatment programs in Chicago correctional facilities and hospitals. Beidinger-Burnett also worked as a consultant in K-12 education for nearly 10 years. At Notre Dame, she focuses her research on public health and policy by developing partnerships with communities, organizations and government in St. Joseph County and throughout Indiana. Most recently her research is focused on lead poisoning prevention. Her research has found that over 75% of pre-1950 homes screened for lead in St. Joseph County were found to have at least one lead hazard. Her team has conducted research that led to the development of a Lead Screening Kit. The kit is a low-cost, user friendly tool to help families identify lead hazards in their home environment. The kit has been validated and has shown to be 96% accurate in identifying lead. With newly acquired funding, the kit will be scaled up throughout St. Joseph, Marian, Vigo and Vermillion Counties in Indiana.