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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16th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Monday, March 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The 16th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit was held from March 2-4, 2013 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. The Summit was sponsored by the Coalition of Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) which is comprised of 10 organizations including DHPE. CNHEO's primary mission is the mobilization of the resources of the Health Education Profession in order to expand and improve health education, regardless of the setting. The Coalition's role is to:

  • Facilitate national level communication, collaboration and coordination among the member organizations.
  • Provide a forum for the identification and discussion of health education issues.
  • Formulate recommendations and take appropriate action on issues affecting member interests.
  • Serve as a communication and advisory resource for agencies, organizations and persons in the public and private sectors on health education issues.

The Coalition also serves as a focus for the exploration and resolution of issues pertinent to professional health educators.

 The 2013 Summit Priority Issues were:

  1. Advancing Social Justice, Equal Opportunity & Community Well-being
  2. The Value of Investing in Prevention
  3. Elevating Health Education and Physical Education

DHPE's four representatives were Susan Goekler, PhD, MCHES, Executive Director; Lavell R. Thornton, MCHES, DHPE Voting Member from South Carolina and chair of DHPE's Health Policy Committee; Michael Jones, RN, DHPE Associate Member from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and member of DHPE's Health Policy Committee; and, Doreleena Sammons-Posey, SM, DHPE's Training and Marketing Director. (Pictured below: Sammons-Posey, Goekler, Jones and Thornton).

The Summit consisted of training on advocacy including the use of social media, issue-specific content, skits showing how and how not to conduct a Hill visit, and planning for Hill visits. Summit organizers arranged visits to the offices of members of both the House and Senate for the official representatives of the Coalition member organizations.

In addition to organizational representatives, interested individuals, many of whom were health education students and their faculty mentors, participated in the Summit. Among the groups of college students was a large contingent from North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a HBCU school from which DHPE has recruited many interns. The picture below is of the NCCU contingent studying their briefing documents and planning their Hill Visits.

Bright and early on Monday March 5th everyone headed to the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill for a group photo (can you find us?) followed by "Life on the Hill” presentations by three Congressional staffers: Caren Howard (Legislative Correspondent, Rep. John Sarbanes D-MD); James "J.P.” Pauluskiewicz (Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Michael Burgess R-TX); and, Caleb L. Gilchrist, PhD (Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. Danny K. Davis D-IL).

For the visits, we divided into small groups. In addition to Congressional office visits, one group of leaders that included Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES Executive Director of SOPHE; Susan Goekler; Jeffery S. Hallam, representing APHA; and Doreleena Sammons-Posey met with federal agency leaders from the Washington DC Offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the US Department of Education (DOE); the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH); and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Below is a photo from our visit to the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH). Pictured from left to right are: Elaine Auld; Susan Goekler; Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Jeffery S. Hallam; Commander Jacqueline Rodrigue, OMH Deputy Director; and Doreleena Sammons-Posey.

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