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IU Bloomington Webinar on Infectious Diseases

On February 9, the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, through its Public Health & YOU initiative, will host it’s a webinar focused on infectious diseases with speakers Dr. Shawn Gibbs, professor and executive associate dean of Academic Affairs, and Ms. Aurora Le, academic specialist, at the school.

Infectious Diseases of Public Health Significance will help viewers develop awareness about infectious disease of public health significance by emphasizing education on disease transmission and the environmental persistence of organisms. Gibbs and Le will discuss the definition of infectious diseases of public health significance, routes of exposure and chain of transmission, background on the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, and ways individuals can protect themselves and practice basic infection control.

The webinar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 9. The webinar is free, and registration is available at eventbrite.com/e/webinar-infectious-diseases-of-public-health-significance-tickets-30959524772.

Gibbs is Co-Principal Investigator of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI) funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program. During the 2014 Ebola outbreaks, he worked with many stakeholders to safely treat patients with Ebola virus diseases returning from overseas, utilizing protocols he helped design. Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Gibbs served as the Director of Research for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit from 2009 to 2015.

Le’s areas of research include highly infectious diseases and environmental health, with a focus on training and education. Her secondary research includes Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC), community and population-level health, social justice, and addressing health disparities.

For more information on Public Health & YOU, please visit publichealthandyou.indiana.edu.