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. 
Intersectoral Collaboration for Health: Reports from Local Health Departments
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D4H Web Forum

When: 11/15/2012
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Where: Webinar
Contact: DDialogue4Health, (510) 285-5690

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Intersectoral Collaboration for Health:
Reports from Local Health Departments  
Thursday, November 15
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Increasingly, local communities throughout the United States are adopting a Health in All Policies framework, as they pursue intersectoral, collaborative approaches to improving health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. This is based on the recognition that policy and program decisions of "non-health" agencies impact health in significant and lasting ways.
Sonoma County's Health Action is a diverse, multi-disciplinary group charged with identifying priorities and developing specific recommendations on local approaches to promote the community's health and improve health care delivery. The initiative's 10 goals and 22 measures include educational attainment, economic security, access to healthy food and places to be active, and other health determinants.
Baltimore's Cross Agency Health Taskforce is made up of representatives from city agencies that are working together to promote cross sector efforts supporting Healthy Baltimore 2015's ten priority areas. A Health in All Policies approach provides a framework for agencies to consider their role in making the built and social environment in Baltimore communities more supportive of physical activity, which is the Task Force's focus for 2012.
This 90-minute Web Forum will include a short overview of the Health in All Policies approach, an introduction to the work of the Baltimore's Cross Agency Health Taskforce and Sonoma's Health Action, including history and accomplishments, and a discussion of the lessons learned from these exciting local initiatives.

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association and The California Endowment, in partnership with the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute.  

Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD 
Center for Public Health Policy
American Public Health Association 
Peter Rumble, MPA 
Director of Health Policy and Planning 
Sonoma County Health Services Department
Sarah Morris-Compton, MPP 
Director of the Office of Policy and Planning 
Baltimore City Health Department
Ruthie Fesahazion, PhD 
Health Policies and Programs Administrator 
Baltimore City Health Department

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH 
Program Director
Health in All Policies 
Public Health Institute

California Department of Public Health

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