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. 
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Karen Girard, MPA


Karen Girard is the section manager of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention section of the Oregon Public Health Division. She received her master's degree from Portland State University in public administration and her bachelor's degree from Willamette University in International Studies. She came to work at the Public Health Division in 1995 as a legislative liaison. That legislative session sparked her interest in public health and she's been at the Health Division ever since, working to change policy, systems and environments to improve the public’s health in immunization, asthma, tobacco control, physical activity and nutrition, early detection and self-management. Prior to this position, Ms. Girard managed the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program for 10 years and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for five years. While managing these programs, Ms. Girard was a part of the leadership team that planned and implemented the integration of health promotion and chronic disease programs and functions. Ms. Girard is currently serving as the chair-elect of the Tobacco Control Network.



Debi Nelson, MAEd
North Carolina

Ms. Nelson is the Branch Head for the North Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Branch and the Principal Investigator for the NC Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) for the NC Division of Public Health.  Previously, Ms. Nelson served as the Assistant Branch Head for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Branch; Principal Investigator for the NC Assessment Initiative/Community Health Assessment Grant and Interim/Deputy Director for the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education and served as the lead health educator for the state. Ms. Nelson has been active with community health assessments, Healthy Carolinians partnerships and Health Education for over 20 years.  Previously Ms. Nelson was the Health Education and Promotion Supervisor with the Caldwell County Health Department and Executive Director of Healthy Caldwellians.  During her career, Ms. Nelson has been a leader in community mobilization. She was the founding director of the Shelter Home of Caldwell County, the first shelter (1977) of its kind in the southeastern United States for victims of domestic violence.  Ms. Nelson traveled the southeast assisting communities in starting shelters and lectured on domestic violence and community support.  Ms. Nelson co-founded a free medical clinic and countywide multi-use pathways and trails master plan for Caldwell County.  Ms. Nelson holds a master degree in Health Education and Physical Education from Western Carolina University.


Danielle Kenneweg, MPA


Danielle (Danny) Kenneweg is currently the Director of the Office of Health Promotion in the Washington State Department of Health. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Kenneweg spent three years working in Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs in two states and for CDC as a regional public health advisor to seven state and tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control programs. From 1997 to 2005, she managed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in North Dakota.

Ms. Kenneweg first public health work focused on improving local coordinated school health programs in collaboration with the state education agency. In her early professional career, she was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. She holds a BS degree from North Dakota State University in Home Economics Education and a Masters degree from the University of North Dakota in Public Administration with a certificate in Health Administration. Danny is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

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