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. 
Programs and Policies to Get Kids Active Outside of School Time
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D4H Web Forum Announcement

When: 8/8/2012
10:30 - 12:00 PM PT
Where: Webinar
Contact: Dialogue4Health, (510) 285-5690.

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Programs and Policies to Get Kids Active Outside of School Time
Interactive Web Forum
Wednesday, August 8
10:30 AM to Noon Pacific Daylight Time
Increased physical activity among children helps create life long healthy habits that prevent obesity. Children's participation in regular physical activity is associated with improved cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, better mental health and emotional wellbeing, and chronic disease prevention. There also is substantial evidence showing that physically fit children perform better in the classroom. Despite the overwhelming evidence that physical activity is beneficial, however, more than half of U.S. children and adolescents are not getting enough physical activity.
After-school programs could potentially provide up to 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day, satisfying half of the national recommendation for daily physical activity. However, much work remains to be done to create more consistent policies and implement activity programs that are evidence-based. Furthermore, there needs to be efforts to monitor progress toward meeting policies and holding programs accountable.
Co-sponsored by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this Web Forum will provide recommendations for how programs and policies can better support physical activity in after-school settings and provide examples from national and local efforts. Speakers will share success stories from the YMCA-the largest provider of after-school programs in the nation- and discuss lessons learned from initiatives that successfully increase children's physical activity levels. Speakers will also briefly explore how to promote physical activity during summertime and other academic break periods.
Please join us for this exciting conversation!

Sponsored by Active Living Research and the Public Health Institute 

Michael W. Beets 
Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Science 
University of South Carolina 
Monica Vinluan
Project Director
YMCA of the USA 
Becky Ciminillo
Executive Director
Child Care
YMCA of Columbus, Ohio 

Deborah Lou, PhD
Program Analyst
Active Living Research 
A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
University of California, San Diego
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