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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Request for Nominations- 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Wednesday, October 31, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Received via email from OS/OASH...

Dear Colleague,

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) are pleased to announce their intent to establish the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) and to invite nominations for the Committee. The Federal Register notice, published October 26, 2012, can be found at www.dietaryguidelines.gov .

The DGAC, once chartered, will examine the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; conduct a series of systematic reviews to evaluate available evidence (assisted by the USDA Nutrition Evidence Library); and analyze the evidence and weigh its quality to support conclusions to diet and health research questions on which to base recommendations for healthy eating, which will culminate in a report submitted to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA during the fall/winter of 2014. Over the course of its appointment, the Committee is expected to convene five meetings, with the intent of the first occurring in April 2013. The Committee's science-based recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for developing the eighth edition of the Federal policy known as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Prospective members of the DGAC should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition and be respected and published experts in their fields. They should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of the Dietary Guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public's health and well-being through their research and/or educational endeavors. Expertise is sought in specific specialty areas, including but not limited to:

Cardiovascular disease
Energy balance (which includes physical activity)
Food processing science, safety, and technology
General medicine
Maternal/gestational nutrition
Nutrient bioavailability
Nutrition biochemistry and physiology
Nutrition education and behavior change

Nutrition-related systematic review methodology

Overweight and obesity
Public health
Type 2 diabetes

Please submit nominations as instructed in the Federal Register notice. Nominations will be accepted through close of business, 6:00 pm EST, on Monday, November 26, 2012. Nominations may be submitted by electronic mail to DG2015Nominations@hhs.gov . Alternatively, nominations may be sent by postal mail or fax to:

Richard D. Olson, M.D., M.P.H.
Prevention Science Lead and Designated Federal Officer, 2015 DGAC
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, OASH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100 Tower Building
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: (240) 453-8280; Fax: (240) 453-8281

We welcome input from all sectors in responding to the request for nominations of individuals to serve on this important Committee. Self-nominations are welcomed. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Richard Olson Colette Rihane
DGAC Co-Executive Secretary DGAC Co-Executive Secretary

Kellie Casavale Shanthy Bowman
DGAC Co-Executive Secretary DGAC Co-Executive Secretary

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