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 Fellow Webinar: Workforce Diversity
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Fellow Name: Thometta Cozart Brooks Fellowship Site: Ohio Commission on Minority Health This webinar will explore several methods of diversifying the healthcare workforce. This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which made it unlawful for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

When: July 24, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Where: Webinar
United States 20036
Contact: Steve Owens

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This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which made it unlawful for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Equality within the workforce was the intended outcome of this Act. Yet, America’s workforce is not a reflection of today’s society. This fact is sadly true for the nation’s healthcare and health-related workforce.

In America, health disparities and inequities persist, despite major advances in technology and increased efforts from national, regional and local health organizations. It is now more important than ever for the nation’s healthcare and health-related workforce to mirror the diversity of the society it serves. The diversification of the healthcare and health-related workforce is one strategy for addressing racial and ethnic healthcare disparities and achieving health equity in the US.

The webinar, hosted by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, will explore several methods of diversifying the healthcare workforce. These methods include:

  • Taking the first steps toward creating policy that focuses on workforce diversity issues by creating a state-level policy brief;
  • Academic organizations working across health professions to establish interdisciplinary diversity recruitment strategies; and
  • Offering an internship and fellowship experience for minority students to enhance their core competencies and leadership abilities.

Upon the completion of this webinar, participants will have learned of and discussed:

  • A broad overview of factors contributing to the lack of diversity in the healthcare and health-related workforce;
  • The process of creating state-level policy briefs;
  • The importance of institutionalizing recruitment and retention diversity efforts through administrative policy within academic organizations; and
  • The benefits of exposing underrepresented minority students and recent graduates to administrative, professional and leadership experiences within healthcare and health-related careers.

Role / Topic


Link to More Information:


Introduction and Topic Overview

Thometta Cozart Brooks, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH

DHPE Fellow, Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative – Workforce Diversity Committee Strategic Plan


10 minutes

Policy: Creating a State Policy Brief to Supporting Advocating Efforts

Reem Aly, JD, MHA

Director of Health Care Payment & Innovation Policy, Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Ohio Policy Brief: The role of diversity in Ohio’s health workforce


10 minutes

Diversity Recruitment: A Legislatively Mandated Diversity Recruitment Plan Across Health Programs

DJ Wells

Associate Director,

Urban Health Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago - Urban Health Program Webpage


15 minutes

Pipeline, Internship and Fellowship Program: Building the Capacity of Minority Public Health Professionals

Dr. Steve Owens, MD, MPH

DHPE Health Equity Director, DPHE Internship and Fellowship Program

DHPE Health Equity Internship & Fellowship Programs Webpage


15 minutes

Question and Answer Session

Thometta Cozart Brooks

10 minutes


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