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. 
DHPE Webinar: Using the Policy Brief as a Communication Tool for Stimulating Public Health Action
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Speaker: Donna C. Nichols, MSEd, CHES Director of Health Policy and Partnership, Directors of Health Promotion and Education and Faculty Associate, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus

When: November 29, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Webinar
Contact: Donna Nichols

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to construct a policy brief based on needs of their target audience.
  2. Participants will be able to identify key leverage points for constructing a the policy brief.
  3. Participants will be able to articulate types of recommendations used in making a set of compelling public health actions.


Developing communication tools that spur public health action is both an art and a science. Using the policy brief to create a compelling case for legislative action is one such tool. The policy brief offers a rationale for selecting a solution and/or course of action in a current policy debate. The policy brief can also be used to establish an organizational position on a specific public health issue and is particularly helpful to both state and local health agencies and non-governmental organizations alike. It is commonly produced in response to positions taken by decision or policy makers or leadership within national, state, and local health agencies. Depending on the role of the writer or organization producing the document, the brief may only provide a targeted discussion of the current alternatives without arguing for a particular one (i.e. those who adopt the role of ‘objective' researcher). On the other end of the scale, i.e. advocates, the brief may focus directly on providing an argument for the adoption of a particular alternative. This communication tool becomes the organization's position on the issue and is the first step toward legislative action and advocacy. The purpose of the policy brief is to convince the target audience of the urgency of the current problem and the need to adopt a preferred solution or course of action as outlined serving as an impetus for action.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. The Policy Brief As a Communication Tool for Action
  3. Leverage Points and Elements of a Policy Brief
  4. Compelling Recommendations
  5. Discussions/Questions
  6. Wrap-up

Donna NicholsSpeaker Biosketch:

Ms. Nichols has more than 30 years of public health promotion policy, program, partnership, and practice experience and has held numerous professional, management and leadership positions within three state health agencies and across multiple community settings and sectors. She is recognized as an influential state and national health promotion leader in the area of health promotion policy analysis and development and has proven success in implementing large scale, evidence-based public health partnership and program initiatives. She was the former Senior Prevention Policy Analyst for the Texas Department of State Health Services and DHPE’s former Advocacy and Legislative Chair from 2000 to 2007. She currently is the DHPE Health Policy and Partnership Director and is a Faculty Associate with the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus in Austin, Texas.

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