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Closing Session

Total Exposure Health​​: A Revolutionary Way to Think of Exposure and Primary Prevention

Management and Leadership Track

Tuesday, October 31

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Col. Kirk Phillips, BSCModerator: Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, Past President, AIHA Board of Directors, Chair, Department of Environmental Health Science, Indianapolis​, IN.

Presenter: Col. Kirk Phillips, BSC, Associate Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Exposure Sciences, U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC.

Total Exposure Health (TEH) is a bold solution to capture workplace, environmental, and lifestyle exposures to the individual using advances in science, technology, and informatics to help reduce short- and long-term health risks to individuals and to provide clinically relevant information individuals and their providers to prevent disease, enhance human performance. By educating individuals about their exposure profile, TEH will enable individuals and families to make healthy lifestyle choices tailored to their exposure profile as a minimum and also to their adverse genetic proclivity when known. 

TEH is a holistic approach to integrating science, technology, informatics, and medicine into interconnected preventive health systems. This emphasis on “Personalized Healthcare” moves industrial hygienists from worker health to exposure sciences for diverse populations capitalizing on the rapidly accelerating advances in sensor technology, genomic sciences, health information technology, and precision medicine to enable new knowledge and understanding to protect and prevent disease, encourage patient/provider interaction, and improve population health and well-being.​​​​​​



Name and Bio
Colonel Kirk A. Phillips currently serves as the BSC Associate Chief for Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. In this capacity, he oversees development and execution of Air Force occupational and environmental health policies and development of the career field’s 362 officers and 960 enlisted members. In 2014, he developed Total Exposure Health as a strategic initiative to institutionalize primary prevention in work, environmental and lifestyle exposures. Prior to his current assignment, Col Phillips was the Director of Policy and Programs for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Colonel Phillips entered the Air Force from a four-year AF ROTC scholarship in 1985. He obtained his BS in Aerospace Engineering and his MS in Engineering and Environmental Management. Colonel Phillips has held a broad range of leadership positions throughout the Air Force. Initially serving as Chief and Flight Commander at three operational bases for a combined period of 11 years, he also completed a 12-month fellowship at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA). Colonel Phillips served as a staff officer at a major command and Air Staff in the AF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, the AF Surgeon General, and the Air Force Medical Support Agency offices. He deployed to Qatar in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. He served a tour at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, where he oversaw the occupational health program for 93 ANG bases and 242 units. Col Phillips led his career field as Deputy in the Bioenvironmental Engineering Division at AFMOA and he was the Commander, 47th Medical Support Squadron, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. There he commanded six flights of military and civilian personnel and was responsible for maintaining the health care support programs for 4,500 beneficiaries in the Laughlin community with a $4.2 million annual budget, to include $30 million in equipment and facilities.​​​​​​​​​​