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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Report from Nine Maternal Mortality Review CommitteesOpen in a New Window

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Tribal Public Health Capacity Building and Quality Improvement Umbrella Cooperative AgreementOpen in a New Window

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AI/ANs have the highest rates of suicide of any racial/ethnic group in the United States, and the rates of suicide in this population have been increasing since 2003. According to analysis of National Violent Death Reporting System data from 18 states, AI/AN people who died by suicide were younger and were more likely to live in a non-metropolitan area than non-Hispanic whites who died by suicide. Read the study to learn more about the disparities AI/ANs face in the burden of suicide, risk factors for suicide, and circumstances surrounding suicide deaths. Culturally-relevant, evidence-based prevention strategies are needed to address multiple risk factors.


Nine Newly Accredited Health DepartmentsOpen in a New Window

Nine more public health departments have been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board, adding to the growing network of communities served by health departments that meet rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services. Congratulations to the Cascade City-County Health Department (MT), Cerro-Gordo County Department of Public Health (IA), City of St. Louis Health Department (MO), Eau Claire City-County Health Department (WI), Florence County Health Department (WI), Lincoln Trail District Health Department (KY), Logan County Health Department (OK), Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County (OH), and West Central District Health Department (NE).


CDC FY2017 Grant Funding Profiles Now AvailableOpen in a New Window

CDC has posted fiscal year 2017 funding data and jurisdictional profiles on its CDC Grant Funding Profiles site. The profiles provide quick access to information about CDC funding provided to health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies in US states, territories, and the District of Columbia.


Motor Vehicle PICCS version 3.0Open in a New Window

CDC released Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS) version 3.0. This user-friendly calculator can help state decision-makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions.


States of ChangeOpen in a New Window

The Council of State Governments recently published a graphical representation depicting trends in states' aging populations, homeownership rates, and other state statistics.


CDC's Report to Congress on The Management of TBI in ChildrenOpen in a New Window

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A bump, blow, or jolt to the head can cause a TBI. This CDC report to Congress details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. It identifies gaps in care, provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.


Public Health Law News-February Issue Now AvailableOpen in a New Window

Land reuse sites can affect a community's physical and mental health, infrastructure, and environment. Read CDC's Public Health Law News interview with Mark Biagioni, acting deputy director, Division of Community Health Investigations, Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry, to learn how you can protect yourself and your family.


Strategic Planning Training for Healthcare and Public Health Organizations & Their PartnersOpen in a New Window

The National Association of County and City Health Officials, in partnership with CDC and the Health Resources and Service Administration, will conduct a national Mobilizing for Action Through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP) training on March 13 and 14 as a 1.5-day pre-conference workshop at this year's Association for Community Health Improvement Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This introductory-level training is designed for individuals and teams who are seeking basic knowledge and want to implement the MAPP process in their communities. Registration closes February 23, 2018


Creating Healthy Communities-2016 Success StoriesOpen in a New Window

The Ohio Department of Health implemented the Creating Healthy Communities Program-funded predominantly by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant-to improve the health of Ohioans and prevent chronic disease statewide by increasing opportunities for physical activity, improving access to and affordability of healthy food, and ensuring tobacco-free living. In 2016, the CHC program impacted more than 700,000 Ohioans in 23 counties (both rural and urban) and leveraged more than $4 million to support these sustainable changes. Read these success stories to learn more about how CHC is making the healthier choice the easier choice where Ohioans live, work, and play.


New Data Shed Light on Violent DeathsOpen in a New Window

A new report from CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System, Surveillance for Violent Deaths - National Violent Death Reporting System, 18 States, 2014, describes violent deaths from 18 US states for 2014. Results are reported by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, marital status, location of injury, method of injury, circumstances of injury, and other selected characteristics. According to the latest data 65% of deaths in the system were suicides. Suicides were often preceded by a problem with mental health, physical health, substance abuse, or an intimate partner; or a crisis during the previous or upcoming two weeks.


National Network of Public Health Institutes Annual ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Enrollment for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) 18th annual conference is now open. The conference will be held on May 22-24, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, NNPHI will offer a one-day Public Health Workforce Forum, where public health practitioners and national workforce leaders will share best practices, ideas, and innovations to address public health challenges.


Increasing Access to Contraception in the Context of Zika Preparedness: Perspectives from State and Local Public Health AgenciesOpen in a New Window

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs published an issue brief about state-implemented approaches to increasing access to the full range of contraceptive methods in the context of Zika preparedness. The issue brief shares state and local public health agencies' strategies to form partnerships among private and public insurers, remove logistic and administrative barriers for contraceptive services and supplies, and train healthcare providers on contraceptive methods, such as long-lasting reversible contraception.


Resources for Helping Students from Puerto Rico and USVI CopeOpen in a New Window

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, many Puerto Ricans and US Virgin Islanders are relocating to the continental United States, including many children. Moving and starting a new school can be hard for any child. These new students face the additional challenges of coping with their experiences during the hurricane and possible loss or separation from family and friends. You can share these resources with schools and youth organizations in your community to help relocated children cope.


Online Introduction to Legal EpidemiologyOpen in a New Window

Legal epidemiology provides a scientific approach to studying the impact and effectiveness of laws on health. This online training is part of the Public Health Law Academy, created by CDC's Public Health Law Program and ChangeLab Solutions. This training will explain how law affects health, enable participants to define and describe basic legal epidemiology principles, and apply legal epidemiology in practice.


Initial Results of the Zika Contraception Access Network for Women in Puerto RicoOpen in a New Window

The Lancet Public Health has published "The Zika Contraception Access Network: A Feasibility Programme to Increase Access to Contraception in Puerto Rico during the 2016-17 Zika Virus Outbreak." This article reports preliminary results of the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN), a CDC Foundation-funded initiative. Z-CAN aimed to build a network of healthcare providers offering client-centered contraceptive counselling and the full range of reversible contraception at no cost to women in Puerto Rico who chose to prevent pregnancy during the 2016-2017 Zika virus outbreak. The article describes the program design, implementation activities, and baseline characteristics of the first participants.


CDC's Measles MicrositeOpen in a New Window

CDC's Division of Viral Diseases has created new microsite about measles. The microsite is an easy way to add CDC content to your website, which automatically gets updated every time CDC makes changes to the content. This can save you time and resources in creating your own content.


2018 Student Research Contest on State and Local Public Health ActionsOpen in a New Window

CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease journal is now accepting submissions for its 2018 Student Research Paper Contest. The journal is looking for students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level and recent post-graduates to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, or population-based intervention of chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Manuscripts must be submitted by February 23, 2018.


Suicide Risk Screening Toolkit to Identify Youth at RiskOpen in a New Window

Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States, and early detection is a critical prevention strategy. In 2015, more than 5,900 youths between the ages 10 and 24 died by suicide. Researchers in the National Institute of Mental Health have developed a free resource-the "Ask Suicide-Screening Questions Toolkit." It features a set of screening questions that can help nurses or physicians in medical settings successfully identify youth at risk for suicide. The toolkit also features educational materials from emergency departments, inpatient medical/surgical unit, and outpatient primary care and specialty clinics.


CDC Externships in Public Health LawOpen in a New Window

CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) offers externships in public health law, tribal public health, and administration and communications. The externships last 9 to 14 weeks, and consist of professional work experience at PHLP's office in Atlanta, Georgia. With rolling start and completion dates during the academic year, unpaid externships must qualify for academic credit as authorized by law and public health schools. Applications for summer 2018 positions are due by January 31, 2018.


New App for Bioterrorism RespondersOpen in a New Window

CDC's new Field Facts app provides crucial information to use in the first few moments and hours of a response to a potential bioterrorism incident. Designed for first responders, FBI agents who work with weapons of mass destruction, and any other person who might encounter biological agents, the app describes how to recognize signs and symptoms of disease associated with eight biological agents.


WISQARS 2016 Fatal Injury Data Now AvailableOpen in a New Window

WISQARS is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. It now includes 2016 data from the National Vital Statistics System. You can find these data in the following WISQARS modules: Fatal Injury Reports, Leading Causes of Death, and Years of Potential Life Lost.


Webinar-Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Injury and ViolenceOpen in a New Window

Join this webinar to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 injury and violence leading health indicators. This webinar will focus on the injury deaths leading health indicator, with an emphasis on preventing poisoning deaths and opioid overdoses. The webinar will be held January 18, 2018, at 12:00 pm (EST).


ASTHO Releases New Profile of State and Territorial Public HealthOpen in a New Window

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has released Volume Four of the Profile of State and Territorial Public Health, a comprehensive report that aims to define the scope of state and territorial public health services, identify variations in practice among public health agencies, and contribute to developing best practices in governmental public health. The report reveals important trends, challenges, and developments across public health agencies in the states, US territories, and freely associated states, including a decreasing public health workforce, prioritization of chronic disease, and increased resource sharing.


Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Investments MapOpen in a New Window

The AR Investments Map has been updated with new fiscal year 2017 data and successes. The map displays CDC's AR activities in printable state- and city-specific fact sheets, providing a comprehensive view of resources CDC provides within a state-including to health departments-to protect Americans from antibiotic-resistant infections. New this year: more than 170 state-reported successes show early progress to combat AR.


Submit an Abstract for PHIT 2018!Open in a New Window

Do you have public health improvement successes, lessons learned, tools, or resources to share? The Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) call for abstracts is now open for the 2018 training session in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's theme is "Leading the way to improved outcomes." Find out details about selection criteria and travel support for selected abstract presenters. The deadline to submit is January 25, 2018.


Response to Candida auris in OklahomaOpen in a New Window

C. auris is a serious threat because it can spread from person to person in healthcare settings, live on surfaces for several weeks, and cause outbreaks in healthcare facilities. Learn how CDC worked with Oklahoma's department of health to prevent an outbreak, ensuring the drug-resistant fungus did not spread beyond the single patient who arrived at a hospital with it.


Apply Now to Become a Public Health Associate Program Host Site!Open in a New Window

Become a Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site and enhance your agency's ability to deliver essential public health services. PHAP hires recent bachelor's- or master's-level graduates and assigns them to work in public health agencies, nongovernmental organizations, public health institutes and associations, academic institutions, and CDC quarantine stations to fill critical staffing gaps and gain experience in public health program operations. Interested host sites can apply January 2-18, 2018.


Forum for Quality Improvement and Innovation in Public HealthOpen in a New Window

This spring, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will hold its next Open Forum for Quality Improvement and Innovation in Public Health. The forum, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, convenes leaders and practitioners representing key organizations and investments shaping quality and innovation in public health today. The 16th Open Forum will be held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, March 29-30, 2018. Registration will close on February 16 or when maximum capacity is reached.


CDC Launches New Rural Health WebsiteOpen in a New Window

CDC has launched a rural health website that serves as a portal for the agency's rural health resources. The website has the latest scientific reports, policy options, and prevention packages for addressing rural health disparities. The website complements the year-long scientific series published in MMWR and offers updates, webinars from experts, and success stories from public health interventions in rural America.


CDC's Prestigious Public Health Associate Program Application Period Is Now Open!Open in a New Window

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a CDC-funded training program for recent graduates with bachelor's or master's degrees. It offers frontline public health experience at health agencies; nongovernmental organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations across the country. The application period is open January 2-8, 2018.


CDC Releases New State Specific Infographics of Subjective Cognitive DeclineOpen in a New Window

Check out the 34 state-specific infographics about subjective cognitive decline! Created in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, the infographics use data from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Cognitive Decline Module. They highlight how many people aged 45 and older are experiencing subject cognitive design and provide data about them, such as how many have at least one chronic condition.


Notice of Funding Opportunity: Evaluation of Policies for the Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of ViolenceOpen in a New Window

CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has released RFA-CE-18-002, "Evaluation of Policies for the Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violence," a funding opportunity to evaluate previously or currently implemented federal, state, tribal, local, or organizational policies for impacts on multiple forms of violence. The proposed research should evaluate the impact of a selected policy on reducing rates of at least two violence outcomes, including child abuse and neglect, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and/or suicide. A preapplication teleconference call will be held on January 30, 2018. Applications are due on March 21, 2018


CDC Has Released a Health Advisory: Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment of Patients with InfluenzaOpen in a New Window

CDC has released this health advisory to provide 1) a notice about increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications; 2) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations; 3) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season; and 4) background information for patients about influenza treatment.


Public Health Law News-December Issue Now AvailableOpen in a New Window

Are you interested in public health law and policy internships, environmental public health law issues, or using electronic health data for community health? Check out this edition of the Public Health Law News! The December 2017 edition has resources, news, and announcements related to these issues and many more.


Food Safety Program Successes in Providing the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health ServicesOpen in a New Window

Most state and local health departments in the United States have food safety programs that deliver important services. In this article, CDC authors examine a recent survey of local and state food safety programs to learn about how the programs apply the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the resources needed for increasing capacity.


National Environmental Public Health Internship ProgramOpen in a New Window

The National Environmental Health Association is accepting applications for the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program, which is sponsored by CDC. For the summer 2018 program, more than 35 environmental health intern positions are available at environmental health departments across the country. The application deadline for state, local, and tribal departments interested in hosting an intern is January 3, 2018.


Participate in the National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekOpen in a New Window

The National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22-28, 2018, to help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. Register your event, and NIDA staff can help you order free science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations.


Webinars: Becoming a PHAP Host SiteOpen in a New Window

Thinking about becoming a Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site to enhance your agency's ability to deliver essential public health services? PHAP offers two recorded webinars that help you decide. PHAP 101 provides an overview of the typical host site and what to expect, and PHAP 201 shows you how to develop a PHAP associate to their fullest potential and determine if they would make a good fit. Interested host sites can apply January 2-18, 2018.


CDC Special Journal Issue: Catalyzing State Public Health Agency Actions to Prevent Injuries and ViolenceOpen in a New Window

This special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice includes implementation science and practice examples from programs in CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The examples illustrate a systems approach to application of components (e.g., a rigorously established technical package, partnerships, and innovations) that are necessary for effective public health program implementation.


Updated Recommendations on Contact with Animals in Public SettingsOpen in a New Window

The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV), in partnership with CDC and others, has released an updated "Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings." The compendium provides standardized recommendations for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue operators, animal exhibitors, and others. NASPHV also has a toolkit that includes educational resources to help implement the recommendations in the compendium.


2018 National Public Health Law Conference: Call for AbstractsOpen in a New Window

The Network for Public Health Law is accepting abstracts for panels and individual presentations for the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. Abstract topics should relate to strengthening public health protections, public health across sectors, access to care and health equity, public health law practice, and other trending topics. The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 15, 2017.


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