Dear DHPE Members, Partners and Supporters,


It is will great sadness to announce that the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) have finally closed our doors after being in operation for 72 years. The Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education (ASTDHPPHE) dba the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is dissolving. As with many non-profits in recent years, DHPE has been challenged to do more with less.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors of DHPE, I want to thank all of you who have contributed to the success of DHPE over its 72-year history.  We have accomplished so much toward our shared mission of strengthening public health capacity in policy and in systems change to improve the health of all and achieve health equity. 

Although DHPE is dissolving, the programs that we collectively have worked hard to establish and maintain will be continuing under new leadership. The assets of these programs have been given to the excellent caretakers, which are highlighted below.

Again, thank you for all your hard work and support of all our programs, and we hope you will utilize some of these resources as your agency pursues future policy, systems and environmental change approaches to improve the health of our communities and the Nation!

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), a nonprofit organization with our shared goals and vision, will maintain the balance of DHPE programs, that are NOT designated below, on their website. We want all of our former members and partners to reach out to SOPHE as an organizational home and/or resource for future professional development. They will be offering special membership pricing for former members of DHPE. SOPHE can be reached at: https://www.sophe.org/

Should you have a need to contact DHPE, we will have email access for a few more months at: info@dhpe.org or dsammons-hackett@dhpe.org


DHPE Programs and New Homes:

Systems Change for Health

Starting January 1, 2018, Carolyn Crump, PhD and James Emery, MPH - the curriculum developers for Systems Change for Health (SCH) - will be administrating and operating the program. You may view the courses at the new website: 


You can learn more about the authors at: http://UNCHealthySolutions.web.unc.edu . Thank you for your continued support of and/or interest in the Systems Change for Health (SCH) training program!

Minority Internship and Fellowship Program

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is operating the Health Equity Internship Program starting in January 2017. Please send your emails and inquiries to ASPHN Executive Director Karen Probert at internship@asphn.orgThank you for your interest in the Health Equity Internship Program!

Lupus Health Education Program

The purpose of the DHPE Lupus Health Education Program entitled LEAP is to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by this disease by conducting a national lupus education initiative. The caretaker agreement is still under development.

National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative

The CDC-funded National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative, also referred to as Partnering4Health has come to an end. DHPE would like to thank each of you for your participation and support of the project over the past three years. Several resources have been created as a part of Partnering4Health and these resources are available to you and your affiliates to be utilized in the future. Learn more below:

  • The Partnering4Health white paper has been released.  The white paper includes both a summary documentas well as pull-outs for each focus area of physical activity, nutrition, smoke-free environments and community clinical linkages. 
  • The Partnering4Health microsite hosts the white paper as well as additional resources from the national project. The site is hosted by the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) at http://partnering4health.org
  • DHPE created an online sustainability course, featuring several community partners.  The course also has an accompanying toolkit created by SOPHE.
  • A  final video integrates interviews with national partners, including American Health Association, American Planning Association, and the National WIC Association, from the Denver meeting. 
Systems Change for Health (aka Shaping Policy for Health™)
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 New Administrator of Systems Change for Health (SCH) Training Program

Starting January 1, 2018, Carolyn Crump, PhD and James Emery, MPH - the curriculum developers for Systems Change for Health (SCH) - will be administrating and operating the program. Please send your inquires to:

Carolyn E. Crump, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Dept. Health Behavior and Health Education
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
The University of North Carolina CB# 7506
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7506
919-966-5598; Fax: 919-966-7955

You may view the courses at the new website: http://SystemsChangeForHealth.web.unc.edu

You can learn more about the authors at: http://UNCHealthySolutions.web.unc.edu

Thank you for your continued support of and/or interest in the Systems Change for Health (SCH) training program!

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) presents Systems Change for Health (formerly known as Shaping Policy for HealthTM) competency-based training program. This training curriculum was developed recognizing that health problems are influenced by policies and environments that either sustain healthy behaviors or fail to support them. Major public health problems will not be solved solely by individual actions, but by coming together to forge a society where healthy choices are easy and popular.

As a practitioners' organization, DHPE has long recognized that health policy and systems change are essential to our work if we want to improve the health of all. Recommendations from our 2001 report Policy and Environmental Change: New Directions for Public Health led DHPE to work with Carolyn Crump, PhD, and James Emery, MPH, of the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to identify the professional competencies public health workers need to succeed in creating policy, systems, and environmental changes that promote health. DHPE's Systems Change for Health curriculum was developed by our partners at UNC to address those competencies.

Please review our Systems Change for Health Competency Based Training course descriptions, and let us know your interest in bringing our training to you.

As used in this course, the term "policy” refers to a range of approaches, actions or interventions that are part of the policy process.  The policy process can occur at the local, state, or national levels.  Policies include workplace rules, insurance provisions, limitations businesses accept (such as beverage distributors deciding to remove sugar sweetened soda as vending machine options in schools or restaurateurs making their establishments smoke-free), local ordinances, joint use agreements (such as allowing the use of school facilities for community programs), changes to built environments (such as traffic calming measures and safer walking routes to schools),  school board decisions, agreed upon ways of doing business, state guidance, state regulations, state laws, federal guidance, federal regulations, and federal laws.

Our comprehensive curriculum uses a transdisciplinary approach incorporating theories, methods, tools and case evidence from public health, public policy, public administration and urban planning to teach the concepts of effective policy change and strengthen practitioners' skills and competencies.. The competencies learned are foundational and adaptable across public health issues such as obesity, tobacco, injury control, heart disease and stroke prevention. The courses are sequential and the concepts, tools, case examples, and activities progressively build with each level of the curriculum.

Intended Audience

The Systems Change for Health Competency Based Training Program is designed for public health practitioners, their leaders, and community coalitions. The training supports the work of states and communities to improve health through policy, systems and environmental change. The workshops are conducted in cooperation with DHPE members — health promotion and education leaders in state and territorial health departments — and their partners in national and community health organizations and presented at host sites.

Who Should Host Trainings

• State and Local Health Departments

• Community Partners

• Professional Associations

• Federal Partners

DHPE brings a team of expert trainers to conduct the trainings at your desired location. Our national cadre of trainers are experienced public health and policy professionals who have been trained by the curriculum developers to facilitate the one- and two-day training sessions.

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