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. 
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Dr. Howell Wechsler

2011 Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Awardee:
Dr. Howell Wechsler, EdD MPH, Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Wechsler (pictured middle) received the award at the 2011 DHPE Member Institute in New Orleans.

The award was presented by Nancy Berger, MPH with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (pictured right). Also pictured (left) is Dr. Susan Goekler, PhD MCHES, DHPE Executive Director.

In 2010, DHPE created an annual endowed award in Mary's name to recognize and promote exceptional work in school wellness, one of her passions.

The Board and membership of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) notes with sadness the passing of Mary Bobbitt-Cooke on August 19, 2010, following her valiant battle with cancer. Mary was a trail-blazing leader in health promotion and health education. She served both the profession and DHPE as an active Board Member and leader for many years.

Mary was an inspiration to all of us in the health promotion field whether we worked in state or local health agencies, academic institutions or in her much beloved North Carolina communities. Mary's Healthy Carolinians work pushed the frontiers of local public health promotion practice. In doing so, Mary developed a practice model over a span of two decades that others have admired and strived to emulate. Mary was an advocate, leader, colleague, friend and an admired public health professional. Even in her most witty or casual moments, Mary never forgot who and what was important in this work. For all of us who knew Mary, we are much richer having been a part of her life, work and legacy.

It was Mary's wish that donations be made to one of the following organizations where memorial accounts have been established in her name: The Foundation for Healthy Carolinians and Directors of Health Promotion and Education. DHPE has created an endowed award in Mary's name to recognize and promote exceptional work in school wellness, one of her passions. Contributions may be sent to the following addresses:

Mary Bobbitt-CookeFoundation for Healthy Carolinians
PO Box 58275
Raleigh, NC 27658-8275
Contact: Debi Nelson at: 919-707-5155

Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Award Fund
1015 18th St., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Contact: DHPE Headquarters

Our sympathy goes to Mary's husband, Christopher

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