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. 
Increasing access to healthy food: Best practices in developing healthy corner store initiatives
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When: July 1, 2015
12 noon - 1:30 pm EDT
Where: Webinar
Contact: Cheryl Welbeck
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The webinar will provide an overview of how to implement a small/corner store program to increase access to healthy food, including fundamental program components, high-level best practices and opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives.


To register, visit this link.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

§  How a healthy small/corner store program fits into a comprehensive approach to healthy food access in a region

§  The fundamental components of a healthy small/corner store program

§  High-level best practices in healthy small/corner store programs

§  Opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives to a healthy small/corner store program such as healthcare screenings and incentive programs

§  Resources for further learning, technical assistance and support.



Karen Shore, MPH, Director of Consulting, The Food Trust

Karen Shore has 19 years of experience in the intersection between program management and public health. She leads an 11-person Consulting team for The Food Trust, and is responsible for the design, implementation, financial management, staff and team management, and strategic direction for projects throughout the United States, including all healthy corner store projects outside of the Philadelphia region. Karen also leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Technical Assistance contract with The Food Trust, where she oversees the provision of food access technical assistance to PICH, REACH, National Organization, Land Grant University and Tribal Organization grantees nationwide, many of which include healthy food retail initiatives. In addition, Karen led a major 18-month project with USDA Food and Nutrition Service to coordinate with a team of nationally-recognized experts from academia, public health, and industry to develop new in-store marketing strategies to effectively promote healthier foods to low-income SNAP participants.


Prior to joining The Food Trust, Karen worked as a senior program manager on the global health team at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she oversaw multiple, mission-critical projects for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For four years, Karen served as a member of the board of directors at the third oldest food co-operative in the United States with a strong focus on partnerships with local producers and community engagement. Karen is also on the board of directors of the Swarthmore Farmers Market, where she leads business and community engagement activities and serves regularly as the volunteer Market Manager. Karen also co-founded and continues to lead Sunday Suppers, a charitable organization that prepares and delivers fresh, homemade, and nutritious meals to seniors in need. Karen holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, where she was aligned with the school’s Center for a Livable Future, and received her B.A. from Smith College.  She is based in Philadelphia.


Juan Vila, Project Manager, Food Trust

Juan Vila is an expert in healthy corner store program design and implementation, and brings to bear nearly four years of on-the-ground experience in Philadelphia’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, as well as expertise regarding best practices from his work nationally consulting on corner store projects. Currently on the Consulting team, Juan started with the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in Philadelphia in 2010 and was the first Recruitment and Outreach Associate on the ground for the city-wide expansion of over 600 corner stores in Philadelphia. As a Project Coordinator for the Philadelphia Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Juan was also instrumental in the conversion of over 300 corner stores and was responsible for training new staff, including some of the “stars” in the Philadelphia regional program today. Since 2013, Juan has worked for Karen Shore in support of The Food Trust’s corner store consulting projects throughout the country, including Phoenix, Houston, Austin, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver and Appalachian Kentucky. Juan has also been supporting a healthy corner store initiative in San Jose for nearly two years. Juan is fluent in Spanish and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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