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. 
Assessing The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: Past Achievements And Future Prospects Fo
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When: 7/10/2012
8 am - 3:15 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20001
United States
Contact: Debbie Boylan, 301-347-3910

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Assessing The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: 
Past Achievements And Future Prospects For PEPFAR
Tuesday, July 10
8:00 am - 3:15 pm

On Tuesday, July 10, Health Affairs will release its July 2012 issue, "Assessing The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief."  The volume contains a thorough examination of PEPFAR, the program of bilateral U.S. assistance begun in 2003 to support countries in their battle against HIV/AIDS. The effort has been described as the largest program of U.S. aid since the Marshall Plan. 
The July thematic issue of Health Affairs contains articles examining the successes scored by PEPFAR, the lessons learned, and the opportunities to move forward toward an "AIDS-free generation." The issue and its dissemination have been funded in part by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Merck & Co., Inc.; BD; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  
Please join us for a briefing at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on July 10, 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. as we unveil the issue. Among those speaking at the briefing, including authors who
contributed to the issue, will be: 
  • Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), Co-Chair, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
  • Pierre Barker, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, on Stopping Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Will Mainly Require Dramatic Improvements In Maternal And Child Health Services
  • Natasha Bilimoria, Former President and Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, on Lessons Learned From A Decade Of Partnership Between PEPFAR And The Global Fund: A Case Study From Tanzania
  • Jacob Bor, Research Assistant, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health, on South African HIV Patients Experienced Slow But Nearly Full Recovery Of Employment After Initiating Treatment
  • Myron S. Cohen, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Institute for Global Health, J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on HIV Treatment As Prevention: How Scientific Discovery Occurred And Translated Rapidly Into Policy For The Global Response
  • Chris Collins, Vice President and Director of Public Policy, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, on Four Principles For Expanding PEPFAR's Role As A Vital Force In U.S. Health Diplomacy Abroad
  • Karen Grépin, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, New York University, on HIV Donor Funding Has Both Boosted And Curbed The Delivery Of Different Non-HIV Health Services In Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ashley L. Grosso, Senior Research Program Coordinator, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on Countries Where HIV Is Concentrated Among Most At-Risk Populations Get Disproportionally Lower Funding From PEPFAR
  • Charles Holmes, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, on PEPFAR'S Past And Future Efforts To Cut Costs, Improve Efficiency And Increase The Impact Of Global HIV Programs
  • Ruth Macklin, Professor of Bioethics, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, on Given Financial Constraints, It Would Be Unethical To Divert Antiretroviral Drugs From Treatment To Prevention
  • Jeffrey May, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Michael H. Merson, Director, Duke Global Health Institute, on The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: From Successes Of The Emergency Response To Challenges Of Sustainable Action 
  • Michele Moloney-Kitts, Assistant U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, on Lessons From The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: From Quick Ramp-Up To The Role Of Strategic Partnership
  • Jaime Sepulveda, Executive Director, Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, on The 'Third Wave' Of HIV Prevention: Filling Gaps In Integrated Interventions, Knowledge And Funding
  • Jonathon Simon, Robert A. Knox Professor, Director, Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University Chair, Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health on PEPFAR's Support For Orphans And Vulnerable Children: Some Beneficial Effects, But Too Little Data, And Programs Spread Thin
  • Scott Stewart, Health Economist, Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development, on Investing in HIV Services While Building Kenya's Health System: PEPFAR's Support To Prevent Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission
  • Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Senior Partner, Rabin Martin, and Former President and CEO, Global Health Council, on How PEPFAR's Public-Private Partnerships Achieved Ambitious Goals, From Improving Labs To Strengthening Supply Chains
  • Harsha Thirumurthy, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on HIV Treatment Produces Economic Returns Through Increased Work And Education And Warrants Continued U.S. Support
  • Others to be announced


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