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 Intern Learns From SPH Training Opportunity in Mississippi

Wednesday, March 20, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The Shaping Policy for HealthTM Course 3: Influencing the Policy Change Process was held in Jackson, Mississippi, March 4-5, 2013. During the 2-day training, participants learned: components of a powerful message, techniques to stay on message during interviews, key advocacy and communications strategies and how to develop an advocacy and communications plan. The training was sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Health and attended by public health professionals from the agency and invited guests including DHPE interns and fellows.

DHPE Intern Reynelle Cornelius shared a few thoughts on the training.

Reynelle CorneliusThe Shaping Policy for Health Training was very interesting and educational. The two day training informed the manner in which I performed my job duties as an intern and other ways to improve myself. There were many interesting sessions throughout the training. However, there were three important topics that have stuck in my mind and I have started to apply them to the tasks that I perform as a Health Care Specialist.

First, the session on advocacy can be applied to my duties when I attend parenting meetings, home visits, and trainings at the agency. For example, I can be a more effective advocate when attending nutrition meetings with the parent, teachers, and agency staff. I am able to more effectively listen to the parent and answer questions about substituting food and drinks so that their child would have more nutritious meals throughout the day.

Secondly, the reframing of messages sessions provided information that can be used when I am creating advertisement for the parenting meetings or trainings. I learned to use words that would not stereotype my audience. I should look for words that would help to get the message over in a positive way. I can apply this to a task of putting together a flyer or when inviting the parents out to a meeting. I will be cautious of the message I send to the audience and make sure it is informative, interesting, and received in a positive way.

Lastly, the interviewing session can be applied each day of my internship. I will use these skills that I learned when communicating with the staff, parents, and the expecting mothers of the programs. I will be even more cautious when choosing my words to make a statement or when answering questions. I learned it may not be what I am saying but how I say it that can make it seem negative. Also, I will be more aware of my body language when speaking to my audience whether it is a presentation, parenting meeting, home visit, or training.

The two day training helped me in many ways. I am glad that I had a chance to attend the Shaping Policy for Health Training and it has made me more aware of the way that I perform my daily tasks. I am very grateful and thankful to DHPE and Ms. Thompkins for the opportunity to attend one of the most interesting and helpful trainings that will assist me in my education and future career.

Reynelle is a graduate student at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She is an intern at the Hinds County Human Resource Agency and her project is focusing on the impact of lead poisoning on pregnant woman and children. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Environmental Health and will graduate in May 2013.

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