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. 
News & Press: DHPE News

Supreme Court Ruling of the Affordable Care Act: An Intern's Perspective

Tuesday, August 14, 2012   (0 Comments)
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One could feel the excitement in the air as I camped out all night on the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court for the next morning's showdown – the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most of the other campers present were students or recent graduates, interns or nearby DC residents. Many campers didn't sleep that night, instead staying up all night sharing opinions and speculations on how the Court would rule. I finally succumbed to exhaustion and awoke at 5:00 a.m. in a sea of cameras. As the morning wore on, I found myself constantly mulling over what might happen inside that beautiful building later that day. This would be among the most important, far-reaching cases of my lifetime.

While we waited inside the building, I talked with a political science major from Johns Hopkins University. When I asked her how she would respond to someone who believes that the ACA violates the Constitution, she told me about her "Comparative Constitutions” class. "Under the US Constitution, the government would not be violating its duty if it just sat back and did nothing,” she said. ”Other countries' constitutions have specific provisions written in them that forbid the government from doing nothing. These countries have to provide certain services. Because of this, they are much more welcoming of big social changes like health care reform.”

Eventually we were escorted upstairs to a room with small lockers where we left all electronic devices and other personal items. Inside the courtroom we waited and whispered for nearly half an hour. Despite my profound lack of sleep, as soon as the Justices walked in, a surge of adrenaline flooded my body. Only this relatively small group of people I was sitting with would ever witness firsthand the words uttered from the mouths of out Justices Roberts, Ginsburg and Kennedy. It was an amazing feeling to witness history before anyone else. The mandate was found unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, but constitutional under the taxing power, and the rest of the law stood with it. (The Court did overturn the expansion of Medicaid as coercive, but the only part removed was the threat of removing all Medicaid funding for states that choose to opt out of the expansion.) I don't think there was a person there who saw this ruling coming.

After the ruling outside the Court, Representative Michelle Bachman was on a loudspeaker in the middle of the Tea Party crowd, insisting that since the justices had failed and it now falls to the voters to repeal Obamacare. She was drowned out, at times, by boos and chants of "four more years” by people holding sign that read "We love Obamacare” and "Stand up for Women's Health.”

Instead of examining the ruling, the groups were too busy volleying taglines. When this type of one way discussion takes place and people disregard the details, they tend to talk past each other. The result is conflicting, often embarrassing messages.

ACA will continue to be a politicized as will speculations about Justice Roberts' reasoning. If we want to move forward with assuring healthy outcomes for all populations, we need to stop talking past one another, care enough to see what the other side has to offer, and build from our common ground. There are tough questions ahead involving the quality and cost of healthcare. Solving these problems will require meaningful dialogues and thoughtful consideration of the details. And by considering the details we might just discover, like I did, that solving problems doesn't have to be one-sided. We can find a middle-of-the-road solution that covers everyone's needs. That way, no one has to feel "left out in the open.”


by Mir Alikhan, a master of public health student at the University of Texas at Tyler. He completed his summer internship with DHPE through The Archer Center.


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