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. 
WEBINAR: Restructuring a State Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program 04.01.15
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Restructuring a State Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program: Implications of a Local Health Department Model

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Restructuring a State Nutrition Education
and Obesity Prevention Program:
Implications of a Local Health Department Model

Wed., April 1, 2015
12-1 p.m., ET
Helen W. Wu, Ph.D., M.S.
2013 PHSSR Mentored Researcher
Development Awardee

Policy & Research Analyst,
Institute for Population Health Improvement,
UC Davis Health System, Sacramento
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) provides funding for states, through Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) grants, to improve nutrition and physical activity in low-income populations. California substantially restructured its program in 2012 concomitant with several key federal program changes. A major feature of California’s reorganization was to position local health departments (LHDs) as the programmatic leads for their jurisdictions, and to reduce several key state and regional program functions.

This study seeks to determine whether California’s reorganization to a LHD model aligns with desirable attributes of decentralized public program management by local agencies. The investigator will discuss initial observations from key informant interviews held with more than 50 program directors and leaders at local, state, and federal levels. California is unique in its use of a LHD model to lead SNAP-Ed work, and the lessons learned from its experience will inform USDA and other states about SNAP-Ed program management.

Julia Costich, Ph.D., J.D., professor of health management and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will moderate the session.Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the UC Davis Health System, will provide commentary from the research community andDesiree Backman, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.D., who serves as chief prevention officer for the California Department of Health Care Services and senior scientist at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the UC Davis Health System, will provide commentary from the practice community.
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Public Health Services Cost Studies: Tobacco Prevention,
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Scott Frank, MD, Ohio Research Association for Public Health Improvement and
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May 13, 2015, 12 p.m., ET
Violence and Injury Prevention: Variation in Public Health
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Laura Hitchcock, JD, King County Partnership Initiative,
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May 21, 2015, 1 p.m., ET
Exploring Cost & Delivery of STI Services by Health Departments in Georgia
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June 3, 2015, 12 p.m., ET
Optimizing Expenditures Across the HIV Continuum of Care:
Bridging Public Health and Health Care Systems
Gregg Gonsalves, Yale University

June 10, 2015, 12 p.m., ET
Examining Public Health System Roles in Mental Health Service Delivery
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc, Drexel University School of Public Health

June 18, 2015, 1 p.m., ET
Injury Prevention Partnerships to Reduce Infant Mortality Among Vulnerable Populations
Sharla Smith, PhD, MPH, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita

July 1, 2015, 12 p.m., ET
The Affordable Care Act and Childhood Immunization Delivery in Rural Communities
Van Do-Reynoso, MPH, University of California Merced
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