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

Meet Spring 2013 DHPE Intern Duane McKinley

Monday, March 11, 2013   (2 Comments)
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Duane McKinleyInterning at the DeKalb County Board of Health in the Office of Marketing and Business Development has given me the opportunity to expand my appreciation and understanding of the 7 core competencies of health education and ten essential public health services. My preceptor, Vickie Elisa, along with countless others, has created an environment that allows me to effectively apply the knowledge that I gained throughout my Master's of Public Health coursework.

While at the Board of Health, I have had the opportunity to work on several projects. Many of my initial projects required that I contribute to the planning and implementation of a multimedia health education program entitled PHIT (Public Health Information for Teens). My work with this health promotion tool required that I research potential corporate sponsors and develop a report that assessed each potential sponsors' giving practices. Furthermore, I actively participated in meetings with corporate entities, such as Fox Sports South and the Atlanta Hawks. I also prepared a report and summary of a phone briefing with a federal council to demonstrate how PHIT could be repositioned in the future.

Outside of PHIT, I will have the opportunity to assess DeKalb's health as an administrator of the Youth Behavioral Risk Survey. Additionally, I was extended the opportunity to write an article for the employee wellness newsletter.

To complement my field experience, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education provided weekly webinars. Many of these webinars centered on professional development topics including resume writing, cover letter construction, and logic model development. Other webinars worked to develop our understanding of health equity issues and challenged us to carefully consider the social determinants of health and policies that affect our communities.

I am thankful to Karen Thompkins, DHPE internship program staff, Vickie Elisa and DeKalb District Health Director, Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford for placing me in position to become an effective public health professional.

This April, Duane McKinley will be graduating with a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL. To learn more about PHIT, visit www.dekalbhealth.net/phit .


Doreleena Sammons-Hackett (aka Posey) S.M. says...
Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This was a very nice article and we are fortunate to have as one of our Interns! May you continue to grow and take the world of public health by storm!
Susan F. Goekler PhD MCHES says...
Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Welcome to the profession, Duane. Your experiences should serve you well and I am pleased that DHPE can contribute to your success. Susan Goekler, DHPE Executive Director

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