Health Engineering Task Force


This Task Force will explore the need for a collaborative forum to address the environmental and public health aspects of A/E/C disciplines. This forum is open to all interested parties and through it, SAME fills a critical gap between the mission to sustain national security and the people who execute it. . It will further identify the needs, requirements and interests of preventive medicine and environmental and public health professionals to determine additional multidiscipline collaboration, professional development and education & training opportunities.


  1. To promote the highest degree of skill, efficiency and professional competence among all environmental engineering, preventive medicine, environmental health and public health personnel in the SAME.
  2. To provide for a mutual exchange of knowledge and experience between members of the different Uniformed Services of the United States and civilian/government organizations and to promote the advancement of public health education and environmental health science and engineering.
  3. To represent the professional interests of the COI's members in the SAME and other organizations by promoting and conducting public discussions, forums, panels, lectures or similar programs to advance environmental health knowledge at such organizations' annual education conferences.

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Lt Col Elisa Hammer
US Air Force


CDR Steven K. Sauer


MAJ Nathaniel Sheehan


Steering Committee

Communications Chair: Capt Derick Chandler (USAF)

Membership Chair: TSgt Kristi Gillespie (USAF)

Program/Planning Chair: VACANT

Meeting/Scheduling Chair: VACANT

Webmaster: LT Kim Eisberg

COI Liaisons: TSgt Kris Gillespie (USAF), Enlisted COI

Upcoming Webinars

The Built Environment and Mental Health Webinar

Thursday, August 23, 2021 | 12pm Eastern Time

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Global urbanization, combined with evidence of increased prevalence of mental illness in urban environments, highlights a need to investigate potential connections between the built environment and mental health. In fact, one in five Americans have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder in the past year, and, in the United States, the number of suicide deaths are similar to the numbers of deaths due to breast cancer. This webinar will investigate research into the built environmental and impacts to mental health though its effects on connection to nature, personal control, indoor air quality, indoor microbiome, and lighting. It will also discuss our teams work on establishing a comprehensive survey for the built environment occupants that correlates to mental health outcomes, at least in a subset of United States Veterans. Overall, this webinar will highlight the importance of current lessons learned in the field and how practicing architects and engineers can alter the built environment to benefit the mental health of occupants.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the many facets of the built environment that can influence mental health
  • Recognize factors that engineers and architects and do now to improve mental health
  • Explain the connection of particulate matter in indoor air to mental health
  • Give examples of connections to nature that can be provided indoors to improve mental health
  • Interpret the how mental health might be evaluated in a survey of occupants

Lt Col Andrew Hoisington, Ph.D., PE, USAF, Execution Branch Chief, Tyndall AFB

Lt Col Elisa Hammer, USAF, AF Environmental Health Program Chief, AF Medical Readiness Agency

Past Webinars

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Past Meetings

September 2021 Meeting Slides

March 2021 Meeting Slides

October 2020 Meeting Slides