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. 
Getting Kids Active: How to Use Safe Routes to School & Shared Use to Increase Physical Activity
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presented by ChangeLab Solutions and DHPE

When: Sep 22, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

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Getting Kids Active!

How to Use Safe Routes to School & Shared Use to Increase Physical Activity

Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are Safe Routes to School and Shared Use. Children can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Safe Routes to School can make it safer and easier for children to walk and bike to school, helping them to be physically active on a daily basis. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up existing recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. Join us on this webinar to learn what Safe Routes to School and shared use programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.


Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about the following:

  • The principles and benefits of Safe Routes to School and shared use
  • How partnerships can be used to increase physical activity for children
  • Successful community examples of Safe Routes to School and shared use


Diane Dohm, MSCRP

Diane Dohm is a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, where she focuses on complete streets, safe routes to schools, and other policies related to active transportation. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Diane worked for Sonoma County Transportation Authority managing alternative transportation funding programs, updating countywide bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and facilitating countywide alternative transportation committee meetings. She also wrote the City of Emeryville’s Complete Streets Policy Resolution. Diane graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in anthropology, and completed her master of science degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Guest Speaker

Andy Davis, Plan4Health, Summit County, Ohio

Summit County (Ohio) believes higher levels of community health are possible through urban design. Plan4Health Summit County will incorporate Complete Streets policies into existing transportation plans, expand use of garden space throughout the community placing an emphasis on bringing farm fresh produce to the community, and introduce client choice pantries to the existing pantry system.

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