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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New Years Resolutions

Friday, December 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Welcome to the year 2013!!! You survived 2012 and are now moving forward with the list you created to improve this year.According to Forbes, "44% of Americans make New Year's resolutions.” TheJournal of Clinical Psychology listed the top resolutions for 2012, which include resolutions such as "Enjoy life to the fullest” and "Staying fit and healthy.” USA.gov lists 13 "Popular New Year's Resolutions, ” which include some I come up with everyyear such as "lose weight”, manage stress and save money/reduce debt. Several were under the category of promoting health behaviors such as: drink less alcohol; eat healthy food; get fit; and quit smoking. No matter what is on your list, by the end of January most of us can't even remember what resolutions we made because we have already broken them!

So this year, consider "modifying” behaviors and instead of making annual resolutions. So, smokers might read up on the options for quitting gradually. Most have quit 100 times, with limited success. The hazards of smoking are on TV, the packs of tobacco and on the lips of everyone from our kids to the guy next door. One place to start is with the tobacco quit-line found on state and/or local health department's websites or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get free advice and support to help quit now.

For those overweight, don't panic! The weight gain did not happen overnight and it's not healthy trying to lose it in a day. A physical exam is a good way to start. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!

For those concerned about their financial health, USA.gov has a free publication entitled: "Saving and Investing: A Roadmap To Your Financial Security Through Saving and Investing”

Whatever you "resolve” to do in the New Year, remember to be kind and gentle with yourself and others. No one can relive 2012 but everyone can resolve to be healthier, happier and kinder in the New Year!

By Doreleena Sammons-Posey SM

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