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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DHPE's Executive Director Susan Goekler participated in a NDD (non-defense discretionary) Town Hall to hear updates from Sen. Patti Murray (WA) who is the incoming Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Murray was becoming less optimistic that sequestration would be avoided; she will not consent to a bill that avoids sequestration in the short term but makes things worse in the long term. She acknowledges that the NDD part of the federal budget is the only part that has been shrinking in the last couple of years and is not the cause of the budget deficits. Because NDD has already been reduced, she will push for future cuts to occur elsewhere and for increasing revenue. After she left, non-profit organization representatives were urged to retool their advocacy language to stress the balanced approach to deficit reduction, with NDD having already made its contribution now it is up to others. There will be a national NDD Call in day on Monday, Dec 10. A toolkit with sample messages is available.

Susan and DHPE's Health Equity Director participated in the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 2nd National Community Partner Forum. State health agencies were notably missing, but we raised the contributions that state health agencies could make toward workforce development and coalition building expertise for community organizations working in partnership with university researchers. Dr. Owens also represented DHPE at the Federal Reserve Bank-hosted Investing in What Works for America's Communities, one of several regional meetings that shared ways that banks are investing in environmental changes in their communities. Each meeting participant received a copy of the book, Investing in What Works for America's Communities. This book is available at www.whatworksforamerica.org. DHPE's Health Policy and Partnership Director Donna Nichols attended an earlier meeting in Texas.

Pam Eidson, DHPE's Deputy Executive Director for Programs, kept state health agencies' perspectives represented at a conference entitled Inactivity in America: A Looming Public Health Crisis. She raised the issue that the presenters omitted discussion of systems and environmental change and continued to emphasize individuals being active.

Explorations of ways to extend the reach of DHPE's school employee wellness program included a call with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation about how to coordinate with their school health awards program.

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