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: Additional Health Promotion & Education News

STD Rates Continue to Rise, According to New Data

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Release Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012

For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012

For More Information Contact:
Stephanie S. Arnold Pang
National Coalition of STD Directors
(202) 689-5700


STD Rates Continue to Rise, According to New Data
Increased rates, especially for MSM, could have major impact on fighting HIV

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2011 sexually transmitted disease (STD) surveillance data. This annual report of statistics and trends for the three reportable sexually transmitted diseases in the United States shows that STD rates in this country continue to rise. These continually increasing STD rates may have a major impact on our ability to fight the HIV epidemic, particularly for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

"This data reinforces what our member health departments are seeing on the ground—that our STD burden in this country is shockingly high, particularly in youth, communities of color and MSM,” stated William Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. "Nowhere is this more evident in the 2011 increases in rates of syphilis among MSM, which has a major impact on our ability to address the HIV epidemic,” continued Smith.

In 2011, the overall rate for primary and secondary syphilis remained unchanged from 2010. The number of cases of syphilis among MSM, however, rose in 2011. Primary and secondary syphilis cases among MSM have continually increased every year since 2000. In contrast, cases of syphilis among women and men having sex only with women have declined since 2008.

"We know that having an underlying STD increases the risk of transmitting or acquiring HIV and while we need to better understand how other STD infections impact HIV prevention, these trends among MSM are profoundly worrying,” stated Smith.

In addition, increases in gonorrhea rates were seen in 2011 for a second year in a row. Young people and people of color continue to have a high burden of gonorrhea, disparities that have seen little change in recent years. In 2011, the gonorrhea rate in blacks was 17 times the rate in whites. The impact of a continually high gonorrhea disease burden is of concern as gonococcal antimicrobial resistance grows. The CDC was so concerned with growing resistance, that they updated their treatment guidelines for gonorrhea this summer— dual therapy with ceftriaxone and either azithromycin or doxycycline is now the only CDC recommended treatment for gonorrhea.

Rates of chlamydia in 2011 also rose over 2010 rates. The number of chlamydia cases reported to the CDC in 2011 was the largest number of cases ever reported to CDC for any condition. Rates of chlamydia have been increasing annually since the late 1980s, when improved and increased screening programs were established. The increase of chlamydia cases in 2011 is likely a continued reflection of improved testing, but the CDC also states that it may also reflect a true increase in morbidity.

The full 2011 STD surveillance data can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/.


The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is a partnership of public health professionals dedicated to promoting sexual health through the prevention of STDs. NCSD provides dynamic leadership that strengthens STD Programs by advocating for effective policies, strategies, and sufficient resources by increasing awareness of the medical and social impacts of STDs.

For more information, visit www.NCSDDC.org.

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