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. 
Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community
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Por Qué Es Importante la Obesidad para la Comunidad Latina

When: 4/16/2013
1:30 PM
Where: Webinar
Contact: Dialogue4Health, (510) 285-5549

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Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community
Por Qué Es Importante la Obesidad para la Comunidad Latina
Register and listen in English
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PACIFIC
Registrar y escuchar en Español
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PACÍFICO

The obesity epidemic is affecting communities across the U.S., as more than one third of all American adults are obese. The Latino community is especially hard hit, developing weight-related health conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes—at high rates. They also have the lowest rate of insurance to cover the costs of health care.
Join Dialogue4Health for the first part in a Web Forum series focusing on the Latino community and obesity and overweight prevention in the post-election climate. These Web Forums build off the series of HBO’s Weight of the Nation Web Forums Dialogue4Health conducted in the spring of 2012. This exciting Web Forum will focus on public awareness and community action around the obesity epidemic, and discuss its cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental aspects. It will feature simultaneous translation from English to Spanish so that participants of both language groups across the nation can listen in.
During the Web Forum, presenters will:
• Outline the epidemiology of obesity in accessible terms, and the underlying factors contributing to the obesity epidemic;
• Elaborate upon the link between obesity prevention and other social issues;
• Discuss the role of community empowerment through leadership and capacity building for policy advocacy and systems change; and
• Provide examples of how Latino communities are coming together to create healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments.

To register, please visit this link.


La epidemia de obesidad afecta a comunidades en todo Estados Unidos, ya que más de un tercio de la población adulta es obesa. Esto daña especialmente a la comunidad latina, que desarrolla altos niveles de problemas de salud relacionados con la obesidad y sobrepeso — tales como padecimientos cardíacos, apoplejía, y diabetes tipo 2.
Dialogue4Health llevará a cabo un Foro Web serial en dos partes a partir de los Foros Web sobre la serie de HBO El Peso de la Nación (Weight of the Nation) que Dialogue4Health condujo en la primavera de 2012, ahora enfocado a la comunidad latina y la prevención de la obesidad y sobrepeso en el entorno pos-electoral. El Foro Web tratará temas sobre conciencia pública y acción comunitaria sobre la epidemia de obesidad, y hablará de sus aspectos culturales, socio-económicos, y ambientales. Contará con traducción simultánea de inglés a español, de modo que los participantes de ambos idiomas en todo el país puedan escuchar.
Durante el Foro Web, los presentadores:
• Describirán la epidemiología de la obesidad en términos accesibles, y los factores subyacentes que contribuyen a la epidemia de obesidad;
• Profundizarán sobre el vínculo entre la prevención de la obesidad y otros temas sociales;
• Hablarán del papel de empoderamiento de la comunidad a través del liderazgo y la creación de capacidades para la promoción de políticas y el cambio de sistemas; y
• Darán ejemplos de cómo las comunidades latinas se han unido para crear alimentos, bebidas, y ambientes sociales y comuntarios más sanos.
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