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. 
Health Affairs Briefing: Focus On The Care Span For The Elderly And Disabled
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Health Affairs Briefing National Press Club, Washington, DC

When: 6/5/2012
8am - 1pm ET
Where: National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20045
United States
Contact: Debbie Boylan, 301-347-3910

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Health Affairs Briefing:
Focus On The Care Span For The Elderly And Disabled 
June 5, 2012
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW (Metro Center), Washington DC

On Tuesday, June 5, Health Affairs will hold a briefing to discuss its April 2012 issue, "Focus On The Care Span For The Elderly And Disabled." The volume explores a wide range of topics -- from avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions, to coordination of care for dual eligibles, to reforming Medicare payment for skilled nursing facilities, to a rise in Medicare enrollees being held in hospitals for observation. The issue received funding support from The SCAN Foundation. 
Panels will examine:  
  • Improving The Coordination Of Care For People In Medicare And Medicaid
  • Innovations In Care Delivery
  • Emerging Issues In Care And Coverage Care For Advanced Illness And Toward The End Of Life 

Among the speakers and authors who contributed will be:

  • Gretchen Alkema, Vice President, Policy and Communications, The SCAN Foundation 
  • Randall S. Brown, Vice President, Mathematica Policy Research, on Six Features Of Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Programs That Cut Hospital Admissions Of High-Risk Patients
  • Marsha R. Gold, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, on There Is Little Experience And Limited Data To Support Policy Making On Integrated Care For Dual Eligibles
  • H. Stephen Kaye, Professor, Institute for Health & Aging and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California San Francisco, on Gradual Rebalancing Of Medicaid Long-Term Services And Supports Saves Money And Serves More People, Statistical Model Shows
  • R. Tamara Konetzka, Associate Professor, Health Services Research, University Of Chicago, on Users Of Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services Are Especially Vulnerable To Costly Avoidable Hospital Admissions
  • Patricia Neuman, Vice President and Director, Medicare Policy Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, on Dx For A Careful Approach To Moving Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Into Managed Care Plans
  • Esther (Estee) B. Neuwirth, Director - Field Studies, Evaluation & Analytics, Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente, on How Kaiser Permanente Uses Video Ethnography Of Patients For Quality Improvement, Such As In Shaping Better Care Transitions
  • Deborah N. Peikes, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, on How Changes In Washington University's Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Pilot Ultimately Achieved Savings   
  • Jennifer W. Thompson, Research Associate, Yale School of Public Health, on US Hospice Industry Experienced Considerable Turbulence From Changes In Ownership, Growth, And Shift To For-Profit Status
  • Bruce C. Vladeck, Senior Advisor, Nexera Inc, and former Administrator Health Care Financing Administration, on Dignity-Driven Decision Making: A Compelling Strategy For Improving Care For People With Advanced Illness   
  • Others to be announced

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