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. 
SOPHE 66th Annual Meeting
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Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion April 23-25, 2015 Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon

4/23/2015 to 4/25/2015
When: 4/23/2015
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SOPHE 66th Annual Meeting

Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion

April 23-25, 2015
Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon

Conference Hotel: 
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower (downtown Portland)
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 226-1611

SOPHE's special room block rate of $139/night is already SOLD OUT! 

SOPHE has secured additional rooms at a nearby hotel. Rooms are first come-first serve, so reserve your room today!

Modera Hotel (5 blocks from Hilton Portland) has rooms for $169 per night. Call the hotel at 1-877-484-1084 and request a room in the SOPHE room block.

Preliminary Program:

Click here for SOPHE 2015 Agenda and Preliminary Program

Save the Date: Friday, April 24, 2015: SOPHE Annual Awards Ceremony Gala

We are planning a fun and celebratory event!  Join us as we celebrate the work of students and professionals in Health Education and Health Promotion.

This year we will be in the Skyline Rooms on the 23rd floor of the Portland Hilton.  Purchase your Gala ticket ($55) when you register for SOPHE 2015. 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Tuesday, April 21, 2015: 
8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Adopting SCRIPT in Your Organization Leadership Training Workshop
This one-day workshop is designed to train health professionals to promote, implement and evaluate the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) Program. SCRIPT program developer and lead investigator Dr. Richard Windsor will lead participants through the skills and insight needed to implement SCRIPT as a part of routine prenatal care. 
For more information and to register click here.
*Please note the SCRIPT workshop registration is separate from the annual meeting registration.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

Plan to join us on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 for some exciting pre-conference workshops.

3:30 – 5:00pm | Student Workshop: Navigation Essentials for School & Workplace: From Winning Resume to Interview: Telling Your Story
If you are currently a student and registered to attend SOPHE 2015, we hope you make plans to join us for a workshop designed specifically for you!  At no additional cost, you can join with other students to enhance your marketability beyond the classroom and into the workplace. The first hour will be led by Dr. Charles Ridley, a licensed psychology and Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ridley will lead an informative and engaging skill building session on behavioral interviewing and how you can best be prepared for not only the interview process, but for the new job.  In the second hour the workshop will break into small facilitated groups that will develop skills for phone interviews and face to face interviews, both one-on-one and group interviews. To register, complete and return the registration form today. Registration deadline is March 30, 2015.

There is a small additional fee for the following pre-conference workshops:

2:00 – 4:00pm | Workshop W1: Publish or Perish: Demystifying the Peer Review Process
Join us for this exciting hands-on workshop that will allow you the opportunity to hear from and dialogue with health education & promotion journal editors. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about their journal's guidelines as well as their recommendations for increasing your chances of acceptance. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their writing skills and have a manuscript reviewed by a presenter. This workshop has limited space so sign up today!


  • John P. Allegrante, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Health Education and Behavior
  • Dixie Dennis, PhD, Editor, Journal of Health Education Teaching Techniques
  • Brenda Jamerson, PharmD, Editor, American Journal of Health Studies
  • E. Lisako J. McKyer, PhD, Editor, Eta Sigma Gamma's The Health Education Monograph Series;Associate Editor, American Journal of Health Education
  • Melissa Grim, PhD, MCHES, Deputy Editor, Health Promotion Practice
  • Miguel A. Pérez, PhD, MCHES, Editor, Global Journal of Health Education and Promotion
  • Lynne Edmondson, PhD, Editor, Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Journal


2:30 – 5:00pm | Workshop W2: Advocacy Strategies for the 21stCentury 
Health policy enactment and advocacy is the next general of health education. As funding for health based programs continue to decrease and health disparities continue to exist there is clearly a need for action and awareness. Recent research suggests that there is modest involvement by both health education faculty and public health practitioners. This session will provide information and skill development on various cutting edge and evidence based advocacy strategies that include community organization, and use of social media. Community organization and empowerment is often one of the most basic and influential methods to alert individuals and groups about the public health disparities that exist. These groups can help provide mass education and advocate for community based changes and policy implementation at the local level which can significantly improve access to resources and health programming and advance ordinance implementation. Utilization of social media is another useful and effective method to promote changes in health behavior, change social norms, and to energize individuals to advocate on health related issues.



5:00 – 7:00pm | Workshop W3: First Steps toward Standalone Baccalaureate Accreditation
The workshop will be targeted at programs interested in pursuing or learning more about CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accreditation. The accreditation timeline, from application to self-study to site visit and accreditation decision will be discussed. The workshop will cover the application process and eligibility requirements for applying for CEPH accreditation in depth. We will also briefly discuss the site visit and self-study process and touch up the CEPH SBP criteria. There will be a Q&A time at the end of the workshop.


  • Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES, Executive Director, Council on Education for Public Health
  • Nicole Williams, Council on Education for Public Health


Registration Fees:


Pre-Registration (before March 31st) Onsite Registration (April)
SOPHE National Member $415.00 $450.00
Student Member $275.00 $295.00
Emeritus Member $275.00 $315.00
Chapter Member Only $475.00 $505.00
Non-Member Professional $635.00 $685.00
Non-Member Student $295.00 $325.00
JOIN SOPHE NOW plus SOPHE 2015 Registration(Gives you the SOPHE National Member price PLUS one-year of SOPHE Membership!) $555.00(SAVE $80 off Non-Member Professional Rate) $590.00(SAVE $95 off Non-Member Professional Rate)


Anyone who registers after March 31st will not be guaranteed to receive onsite materials.


Interested in Exhibiting or being a Sponsor? 

Click here to download the 2015 SOPHE Exhibitor Prospectus.

Future SOPHE Meetings: 

SAVE THE DATE: March 30-April 1, 2016 – SOPHE's 67th Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina
(Call for Abstracts expected to open in June 2015)

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