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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Prevention Still the Best Solution to Preventing Chronic Disease, Mr. President

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), along with hundreds of other national, state and local organizations, have sent a letter to President Obama expressing deep disappointment in the Administration's support for reducing the investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund). The proposed cut to the Fund in the President's draft FY2013 budget helped pave th e way for the $6.25 billion cut that was recently signed into law as part of the agreement for a temporary Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix. This represents a step backward in our nation's commitment to prevention and compromises the country's ability to make progress on cost containment, public health modernization, and wellness promotion. The letter asks President Obama to oppose any future cuts in the Fund publicly .

The Prevention and Public Health Fund, created by the Affordable Care Act, is a historic investment toward improving the country's health and quality of life, reducing health care costs for families and businesses, and increasing productivity so the country can compete with the rest of the world. It provides the chance to change our sick care system to a true health care system that focuses on keeping people healthy in the first place and ensuring that today's children aren't at risk of living shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. As public health promotion practitioners, we know that eliminating shortfalls resulting from Medicare's flawed SGR formula with cuts to the nation's first dedicated Prevention and Public Health Fund is short-sighted and counterintuitive. Cutting prevention to pay for doctors' visits is illogical – prevention is the best way we have to actually improve the health of Americans and reduce their need to go to the doctor in the first place.

To learn more about what public health leaders and DHPE are saying and doing about this issue and other public policy issues, please see the final letter to President Obama that will be delivered with copies to the House and Senate.

Visit our Health Policy & Advocacy page and accompanying blog, you will also learn about ways that you can get involved in advocacy for key issues important to DHPE and our members.

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Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The final copy of letter to President Obama expressing disappointment for the Administration’s support for reducing the investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund and urging the President to oppose any future cuts in the Fund was sent, with copies to the Hill and key Administration officials -- http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PPHF-Letter-to-President-FINAL-3-28-2012.pdf. Also available is the latest list of 760 national, state, and local organizations in support of the Fund -- http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Groups-Supporting-Prevention-Fund-State-by-State-List4.pdf
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