Aurora Le

Academic Specialist
Environmental and Occupational Health

able@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4756
PH 011A

Education
  • Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center, M.P.H., 2016
  • National Board of Public Health Examiners, CPH, 2016
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2012
Background
  • Sub-award Principal Investigator of the Texas-Utah Consortium: Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP), a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program, 2018-present.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Omaha, Nebraska, 2015-2016.
  • Graduate Student Intern, Douglas County Health Department; Omaha, Nebraska, 2015.
  • Lab Assistant, Nizet Lab for Bacterial Pathogenesis and Innate Immunity, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; La Jolla, California, 2012.
Research Interests

Aurora Le's areas of research include highly infectious diseases and occupational safety & health, with a focus on training and education. Ms. Le is the Project Coordinator and Educational Specialist of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI), a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Applied Health Science.

Previously, she supported the research activities of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit after the treatment of three Ebola-confirmed patients at the unit in 2014-2015, and was part of the exercise design team for the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). Her current research includes infectious disease mitigation and management in non-healthcare worker populations, and the intersection between health behavior and occupational safety & health.

Selected Publications

Le, A.B., Buehler, S., Maniscalco, P.M., Lane, P., Rupp, L., Ernest, E., Von Seggern, D., West, K., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. Determining Training and Education Needs Pertaining to Highly Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response: A Gap Analysis Survey of U.S. Emergency Medical Services Practitioners. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018; 46(3): 246-252.

  1. Article was the topic of this Journal Club Commentary: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.11.029
  2. Article was the topic of this Prehospital Care Research Forum webinar on June 11, 2018
    https://info.psglearning.com/pcrf_webinar_registration
  3. Article was featured and summarized on EMSWorld
    https://www.emsworld.com/article/220501/trip-report-training-and-education-highly-infectious-disease

Le, A.B., Hoboy, S., Germain, A., Miller, H., Thompson, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. A Pilot Survey of the United States Medical Waste Industry to Determine Education and Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018; 46:133-138.

Le, A.B., Herron, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J., Smith, T. A Gap Analysis of the United States Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Members to Determine Training and Education Needs in Highly Infectious Disease Mitigation and Management. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2017.142

Herstein, J.J., Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Jelden, K.C., Hewlett, A.L., Lowe, J.J. U.S. State Public Health Departments Special Pathogen Transportation Planning. Public Health Management and Practice. 2017; 24(5): E28-E33.

Herstein, J.J, Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Jelden, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J.  High-Level Isolation Unit Infection Control and Personal Protective Equipment Management. Health Security. 2017;15(5):519-527.

Herstein, J.J, Biddinger, P.D., Kraft, C., Saiman, L., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Smith, P.W., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. Current Capabilities and Capacity of Ebola Treatment Centers in the United States. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2016;37(3): 313-318.

Herstein, J.J, Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Jelden, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. Sustainability of High-Level Isolation Capabilities among U.S. Ebola Treatment Centers. Emergency Infectious Diseases. 2017;23(6): 965-957

Le, A.B., Biddinger, P.D., Smith, P.W., Herstein, J.J., Levy, D.A., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. A Highly Infectious Disease Care Network within the United States Healthcare System. Health Security. 2017;15(3): 282-287

Le, A.B., Witter, L., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. A Gap Analysis of the United States Death Care Sector to Determine Training and Education Needs Pertaining to Highly Infectious Disease Mitigation and Management. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2017;14(9): 674-680.