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. 
NPA Webinar: In Health Matters, Place Matters - The Health Opportunity Index (HOI)
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When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:00-4:15 PM EDT
Where: United States

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDOH) developed the Health Opportunity Index (HOI) because they were aware of the health inequities that existed among people of varying socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and rural/urban backgrounds. The HOI is a composite measure of the social determinants of health. It provides a baseline for a community to determine what factors lead to positive health outcomes and healthy communities. The HOI is comprised of 13 indicators, grouped into four profiles that are indicators of the natural, built and social environment of a community, available resources, availability of economic opportunities and access to health services in a community.

The HOI helps to detect High Priority Target Areas within a community. The Index emphasizes the need for multi-sector collaboration and cooperation to improve health outcomes for all community members. This webinar will highlight how the VDOH related health data from the Health Opportunity Index to broader conditions, and used data as a lever to examine and develop public policies that promote health and health equity. Presenters will: 1) Provide a contextual overview of health inequities in Virginia 2) Discuss the HOI and its methodologies 3) Provide examples of practical applications of the HOI and 4) Review how the HOI can be used to inform policies, allocate resources, support the work of community coalitions and spur place based initiatives.

TOPIC: In Health Matters, Place Matters - The Health Opportunity Index (HOI)

• Justin Crow, Health Professional Shortage Designations and Geographic Information Systems Manager, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health
• Rexford Anson-Dwamena, Social Epidemiologist, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health
• Adrienne McFadden, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health

DATE: April 28, 2016 TIME: 2:00-3:15pm CT / 3:00-4:15pm ET

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