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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#1. How do I apply for a fellowship?

Each January, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) announces fellowship positions on our website at https://dhpe.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_About. Please read the fellowship announcement completelyfor details about the fellowship application process.

#2. What happens after I submit my application?

Once the application period closes for a specific fellowship, DHPE’s selection team reviews all application materials and refers the applicants who most closely meet the criteria for the fellowship scope of work to the State Health Agency’s preceptor. That preceptor reviews the referred applications and selects individuals for interview. DHPE contacts all individuals selected by a preceptor to arrange interviews. After the interview process, DHPE notifies the finalist(s) of their selection and notifies the other applicants that a preceptor decision was made.

#3. How will I know that DHPE has received my references?

You do not need to submit references unless you are selected as a finalist. DHPE will check references only of those selected as a finalist for a fellowship.

#4. Why haven’t I heard back from DHPE after submitting my fellowship application?

DHPE sends all applicants two emails during the fellowship’s recruitment period: (1) a confirmation acknowledging receipt of application materials (via email, fax or postal mail), and (2) notification about the final decision on your application. Those who are selected for interviews, reference checks, and other steps in the selection process will receive additional communications from the program. Due to the volume of applications we receive, DHPE does not individually update every applicant of their application status.

#5. If not selected for a fellowship, do I need do submit a new application for another fellowship position?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for another opportunity.

#6. How is compensation determined?

As a private sector employer, DHPE established a fixed wage for each fellowship based on the finalist’s education and work experience. DHPE pays Fellows up to $50,000 annually by stipend.

#7. What types of benefits do fellows receive?

Fellows are not employees of DHPE. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for their work plus a monthly stipend to cover health insurance. Additionally to the extent funding permits, fellows receive professional development and support to attend public health conferences and DHPE’s Shaping Policy for Health™ training.

#8. If I apply for one fellowship, will I automatically be considered for others?

Since each fellowship has unique qualifications and requirements, each requires a separate application. You should indicate which fellowship position(s) you are applying for on your application.

#9. How are fellowship sites determined?

DHPE invites state health agencies to request a fellow. DHPE’s selection team reviews SHA applications and uses a fellowship site application scoring matrix to select fellowship sites.

#10. Do I have to be a US citizen to participate in the fellowship program?

Due to the nature of the fellowship work responsibilities and relationships, some fellowships require specific citizenship status. Postings for each fellowship indicate any requirements for citizenship or permanent resident status.

#11. Who will be my supervisor?

A DHPE staff member will supervise all fellows for the program. On site, fellows will have a preceptor who will guide day-to-day activities as outlined in the fellowship announcement. Fellows are expected to participate in the activities at their placement site as well as the DHPE fellowship program-wide activities. Is housing provided as part of the fellowship?

Housing is not provided.


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