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Addressing Nail Salon Hazards: Implementing a Collaborative and Culturally Sensitive Approach

Hosted by NEHA 

Webinar | March 21, 2023, 1 pm ET 

In this webinar, the speakers will provide background on the challenges nail salon workers face and provide insights on how environmental health regulators can assist these overlooked and vulnerable workers in a culturally sensitive manner. Additionally, the speakers will shine light on their experiences, discuss best practices for working with nail salons to improve environmental public health outcomes, and provide suggestions on how local environmental health professionals can collaborate with researchers in their area. 

Attendees will takeaway: 
  • Nail salon workers are emblematic of low wage, immigrant women who work in the service industry. 
  • Working with nail salons to help them understand the hazards and empower the workers requires a culturally sensitive approach. 


Dr. Aurora Le PhD, MPH, CSP, CPH is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Le’s interdisciplinary research is centered around occupational safety and health (OSH) with specific focuses in occupational health disparities, occupational justice, psychosocial factors of work, and the intersection between health behavior, OSH, and industrial hygiene. She also does translational work in highly infectious disease mitigation and management, with a focus on training, education, prevention, and preparedness. Her experience in this area includes previously assisting the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit with their research and programmatic activities during the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, serving as a subject matter expert/consultant for the National Disaster Medical System, and continuing as a subaward Principal Investigator and trainer for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program. 

Dr. Marie-Anne Rosemberg, PhD, MN, RN, FAAOHN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN) and the Associate Deputy Director of the Occupational Health Nursing program at UMSN. She was trained as a community and populations health nurse and a fellow of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Educational Research Center (ERC). Dr. Rosemberg has more than a decade experience working with hard-to-reach workers in service industries including hotel and nail salon workers. Dr. Rosemberg Joined the Michigan Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative in 20017, just a year after its creation. She has been co-leading all the MHNSC efforts ever since.