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. 
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Influencing the Policy Change Process

1/13/2015 to 1/14/2015
When: January 13-14, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Capitol Conference Center
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, West Virginia  25301
United States
Contact: Debbie Hall

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Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30 AM.

Visit Shaping Policy for Healthâ„¢ Influencing the Policy Change Process for a description of this course.

Influencing the Policy Change Process

January 13-14, 2015

West Virginia Department of Health

Capitol Conference Center, 350 Capitol Avenue, B10-B11, Charleston, WV

Provided By: Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Day 1



8:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:00 AM


  • Welcome and introductory activities
  • Review agenda and materials


Reflections on Advocacy

  • Personal reflections about the power of advocacy for change



  • Changing policies, environments and systems
  • Competency curricula

10:10 AM

Break (15 minutes)


Education, Advocacy, and Lobbying

  • Definitions
  • Relevance to job and limitations or constraints

12:00 PM

LUNCH (60 minutes)

1:00 PM

Case Example

  • Introduce case example for workshop
  • Review results from previous policy and stakeholder analyses


Framing Written and Spoken Messages

  • Use a template to practice framing written messages
  • Use a template to practice framing spoken messages

2:40 PM

Break (15 minutes)


Reframing Messages

  • Learn a method for reframing messages
  • Practice reframing media stories



  • Learn tips for speaking in an interview
  • Practice framing and reframing while being interviewed by a reporter



  • Review and feedback

4:30 PM

End of Day One





Day 2



8:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:00 AM


  • Review from Day 1
  • Review agenda and materials for Day 2


Advocacy Coalitions

  • Definition, recruitment, membership
  • Debate ethical situations regarding membership


Advocacy in the Context of a Policy-Change Campaign

  • Model of policy-change campaign (5 stages)
  • Description of campaign stages

10:45 AM

Break (15 minutes)


Policy Advocacy Strategies (to directly influence legislation or rules)

  • Choosing policy advocacy goal and strategies for case example
  • Review story of escalating tactics


Media Advocacy Strategies (to indirectly influence legislation or rules)

  • Choosing media advocacy strategies for case example
  • Use template to plan general media story elements
  • Review checklist for preparing media events

12:00 PM

LUNCH (60 minutes)

1:00 PM

Develop your Advocacy Plan

  • Use a template to plan an advocacy campaign

2:45 PM

Break (15 minutes)


Develop your Advocacy Plan (continued)

  • Continue using a template to plan an advocacy campaign


Reacting and Responding Strategically

  • Learning to think strategically during changing circumstances



  • Review and Feedback

4:30 PM

End of Day Two


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