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. 
Community Calendar
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Here you can find out about upcoming events and view photo galleries of past events. Some events allow for online registration and ticket purchases. Some events will have registration restrictions so please check the event page for restrictions.  Click the event name to view more details.  DHPE welcomes additions of additional health promotion & education events.  SUBMIT AN EVENT REQUEST to be added.

Past Events

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CDC-USDA Nutrition and Wellness Handbook: CACFP Creating Healthier Child Care Environments
Understanding the Future Policy Implications of the Richmond and El Monte, CA 2012 Soda Tax Ballot M
Time: 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WEBINAR: New FTC Report on Food Marketing to Children
Time: 3-3:30 PM ET

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shaping Policy for Health™ Courses 1-2 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1/15/2013 » 1/18/2013
Location: Atlanta, Georgia    Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shaping Policy for Health™ Introduction to the Policy Change Process - Frankfort, KY
Location: Frankfort, Kentucky    Time: 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DHPE Board Meeting
1/8/2013 » 1/9/2013
Location: Detroit, Michigan   

Monday, December 17, 2012

Shaping Policy for Health™ Using Policy Analysis Tools - Washington, DC
12/17/2012 » 12/18/2012
Location: Washington, District of Columbia    Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Road From Observation to Intervention to Implementation: Perspectives of a Pragmatic HIV Prevent
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 PM

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Are We There Yet--How Will We Know If Health Care Reform Is Working?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Workplace Wellness: A Discussion of New Findings and Efforts to Advance Healthier Communities
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer disparities: Promises & Pitfalls
Time: 3 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December NCCDPHP Quarterly Call with States
Time: 3 - 4:30 PM ET

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DHPE Webinar: Using the Policy Brief as a Communication Tool for Stimulating Public Health Action
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
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