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. 
The Economics of Physical Activity
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The economic issues related to physical activity across the United States and what opportunities exist for research, policy and practice.

When: 9/25/2012
9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
Contact: Melissa Merson

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The Economics of Physical Activity
Tuesday, September 25th
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E St. NW Washington, DC 20004-2008

What: A distinguished panel of forward-thinking economists, thought leaders and policy analysts who will discuss the economic issues related to physical activity across the United States and what opportunities exist for research, policy and practice. There will be an interactive, moderated discussion between the panelists and the audience after the formal presentations.
  • What are the economic ramifications for a nation suffering from an epidemic of inactivity?
  • Is there a return on investment if we expand our infrastructure for physical activity opportunities?
  • Can we increase cost-savings for our nation’s health care system by increasing physical activity and physical fitness in the U.S.? How do we account for those cost-savings?
  • How could federal, state, and local governments account for the benefits of physical activity in budgeting, programming, and grant-making?
  • What would be the economic benefits to corporations with more physically active employees?
This forum will serve as a starting point for future events such as webinars resources, and publications that will explore the issues and answer the questions on the economics of physical activity. The forum will continue to inform NCPPA’s work in promoting policy change at the federal level, talking to policy makers and decision makers about the importance of increasing physical activity across the United States

Select Panelists:
  • Brad Humphreys, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. His research is on the economics of participation in physical activity and exercise and the economics of higher education. He twice testified before the United States Congress on the economic impact of professional sports facilities.
  • Jane E. Ruseski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. She has also served as an economist at the Federal Trade Commission; and the Deputy Director for Research and Methodology at the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. She is currently conducting research on the economic determinants of health behaviors and an evaluation of health care reform policies; and comparative analyses of efficiency, productivity and outcomes at the health care system level.
  • Bill Hoagland, Ph,D., CIGNA’s vice president for public policy, has previously served as one of the first staff members of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and as staff director for the Senate Budget Committee. He was a key participant in efforts to write the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget reform law, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, and the 1995 Balanced Budget Act. He later worked for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, as his senior policy advisor on budget and financial matters, a position he held until he retired from the Senate in 2007. He recently served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and a member of the Petersen-Pew Deficit Reduction Task Force.
RSVP by September 20th to Melissa Merson, Executive Director, NCPPA at mmerson@ncppa.org

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