Faculty Profile

Aurora Le

Aurora B. Le, PhD, MPH, CSP, CPH

  • John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Le's interdisciplinary research is centered around occupational health. This includes her research and practice in highly infectious disease mitigation and management, with a focus on training, education, prevention, and preparedness. Dr. Le also conducts research on occupational health disparities and psychosocial factors of work in several non-healthcare worker populations. She conducts all her research with a translational lens and implements community based participatory research. Dr. Le's long-term goals include advancing a research program that advances worker health through Total Worker Health approaches.

  • PhD, Indiana University, 2020
  • MPH, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 2012

Research Interests:
highly infectious disease disruption, worker training and education, health behavior, industrial hygiene

Research Projects:
Le co-leads the Michigan Healthy Nail Salon Cooperative (MHNSC). MHNSC is comprised researchers and students from the University of Michigan School that partners with the nail salon community. Through advocacy, education, and research, MHNSC aims to discover and raise awareness of health and safety issues faced by nail salon owners and employees and work together to find solutions to these issues.

Domestic research interests have focused on assessing training and education gaps, as well as psychosocial factors, among non-healthcare worker populations, such as waste workers, death care workers, firefighters, and miners.

Through several funding mechanisms and collaboration, Le develops education and training for National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) personnel to improve their ability to mitigate and manage occupational hazards when they are deployed for emergency response.

Le still maintains her practice-based public health as subaward PI of the Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium, a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP).

Le, A.B., Balogun, A.O., Smith, T.D. (2022). Long work hours, overtime, and worker health impairment: A cross-sectional study among stone, sand, and gravel mine workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(13): 7740.

Le, A.B., Shkembi, A., Sturgis, A.C., Tadee, A., Gibbs, S.G., Neitzel, R.L. (2022). Effort-Reward-Imbalance among a sample of formal US solid waste workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(11): 6791.

Le, A.B., Middlestadt, S.E., Lin, H.C., Docherty, C.L., Smith, T.D. (2022). Belief factors associated with employees' intention to evacuate during a fire alarm. Workplace Health and Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F21650799221093773

Le, A.B., Perez-Patron, M., Ward, L.M., Beam, E.L, Comai, A. Gibbs, S.G. (2022). Characteristics associated with consistent handwashing and satisfaction in the workplace: A pilot of U.S. workers. Workplace Health and Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F21650799221082305

Herstein, J.J., Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Hewlett, A.L., Le, A.B., Schwedhelm, M.M., Lowe, J.J. (2022). The Utility and Sustainability of US Ebola Treatment Centers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2022.43

Ward, L.M, Le, A.B., Shannon, S., Rosemberg, M.A. (2022). Interventions targeting health and wellbeing among nail salon workers: A scoping review. Annals of Work Exposures and Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxac011

Le, A.B., Brown, C., Gibbs, S.G., Uhrig, A., Green, A. Brantsaeter, A.B., et al. (2022). Best practices of highly infectious decedent management: Consensus recommendations from an international expert workshop. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 19(3): 129-138.

View full list of publications at https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57141846600 

Email: aurorale@umich.edu
Office: 734-615-7105
Address: M6242 SPH II
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

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