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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New CDC Funding Opportunity Announcments (FOAs)

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 22, 2012

Below is a list of recently released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Funding Opportunity Announcements for programs administered by Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 21, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: July 11, 2012; by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Application Deadline Date: August 7, 2012; 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Purpose: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to fund national or multi-state organizations to:

· Fund, manage, support, and monitor sub-recipients to address health disparities and implement evidence- and practice-based strategies that reduce health disparities for intervention population(s) experiencing high burden of disease or risk factors. The intervention population is the population within the selected geographic area that applicants will reach with proposed program activities.

· Contribute to the development and implementation of a community health action plan to address chronic disease health disparities.

PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 21, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: July 11, 2012; by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Application Deadline Date: August 7, 2012; 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Purpose: Support the implementation arm of demonstration projects focused on reducing health disparities. It builds upon previous Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) programs (www.cdc.gov/reach) and other health equity-related community health programs and serves as a focused complement to programs working to make population-wide, place-based improvements. Recipients funded through this FOA will develop and implement replicable and scalable strategies to assure that population-wide policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) improvements to reduce obesity and hypertension also decrease health disparities in these morbid outcomes in their jurisdiction. In addition, recipients will work in close collaboration with a national evaluation team (funded through a separate contract) who will assist in assessing the impact and effectiveness of the strategies implemented through this FOA. Together, the implementation and evaluation of strategies designed to enhance benefits and eliminate barriers to population-wide and targeted PSE improvements will help build evidence and expand the reach of strategies to address health disparities. Thus, all recipients are required to fully participate in evaluation activities, including collection of local data, which will be supported by CDC and evaluation partners tasked with rigorously evaluating the implementation efforts. Recipients will then disseminate their strategies and mentor other communities, as appropriate.

Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Posted: June 18, 2012

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 3, 2012

Application Deadline Date: July 20, 2012, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To provide funds for organizations with national reach (the capacity to guide the Nation in taking action) to support implementation of national, state, and local level strategies that align with select recommendations from the Update to A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke and Million Hearts™ initiative.This work includes promoting effective communication, leadership, and action to support prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, and risk factors such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and high sodium intake. Grantees will be asked to help broaden, strengthen, improve, or sustain opportunities for collaboration and partnership at national, state, and local levels across the public and private sectors.

Obesity Prevention Programs-Early Care and Education (ECE) Statewide Collaboratives to Improve Nutrition, Breastfeeding Support, Physical Activity and Screen Time Practices for Obesity Prevention in Young Children financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 14, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: N/A

Application Deadline Date: July 17, 2012, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To improve the quality of obesity prevention practices in ECE facilities by providing opportunities to ensure equitable access to ECE services that meet the national Preventing Childhood Obesity (PCO) (2 nd Ed.) standard components related to nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and screen time, all of which are key areas for obesity prevention.

PPHF 2012: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Opportunities for States, Tribes and Territories Financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 18, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: N/A

Application: July 18, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To increase the number of women screened for breast and cervical cancer screenings by approximately 50,000 to provide high quality screening with tracking and follow-up including patient navigation to low income, uninsured and under-insured women. This FOA will leverage the existing infrastructure and organized delivery system of the NBCCEDP and all requirements of this program related to eligibility and screening are required; these requirements of the NBCCEDP are outlined in PL 101-354 and DP12-1205.

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