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

Massachusetts “Springs” Into Action!

Friday, May 10, 2013   (1 Comments)
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The Month of May 2013 has many Shaping Policy for Health™ trainings scheduled. One of the first was Course 1: Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem which was held in Sturbridge, MA on May 1-2, 2013. The training was hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Division of Prevention and Wellness. The SPH™ National Trainers were Nancy Berger and Karen Krzanowski. DHPE's Training Manager, LaQueisa Haynes, came along to observe. There were 17 participants. We worked with Jean Zotter, Director of the Office on Integrated Policy, Planning and Management, and Tracy Evans, Program Coordinator of the same office. Their second Course 1 is being held on May 9-10, 2013 in Natick, MA.

Here are a few of the comments that participants shared about the Sturbridge, MA training (see below):

"I found the training enlightening and absorbing-and a bit overwhelming.Both Nancy and Karen worked very well with our group, responding to comments and suggestions, while at the same time covering so much information. In particular, I found the practical examples from their work experiencesthat they both shared throughout each phase of the trainingreallyvaluable. Thanks so much.”

Ruth Grabel, MPA

Program Specialist

Division of Prevention and Wellness

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

"It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, share & learn from the many different perspectives others brought to the table. I thought that the small & large group exercises were well designed & a very useful hands-on way to ‘practice' new or enhanced skills. The ‘take away' handouts are excellent references for use in formulating & managing strategies to improve a wide variety of population based health interventions.

Nancy & Karen, along with LaQueisa were engaging, energetic and most importantly, flexible in their willingness to make minor adjustments to the training based on day one feedback – always the sign of good trainers! Karen did a great job of defining & differentiating between health equity & health disparities – one that I will use often in the work I do.

I look forward to having an opportunity to participate in the other Shaping policy trainings. Thanks again to the DHPE team, fellow trainees & to my DPH counterparts who did a great job organizing food & logistics - take a bow everyone!”

Dianne Hagan

Health Disparities Reduction Grants Manager

Office of Health Equity. MDPH

"Thank you for your fabulous work and I really wish you could spend 6 months with us in Boston so we could absorb more of your wisdom and get more time to learn from you.”

Tracy Evans

Program Coordinator

"I spoke with Karen before I left Tuesday and told her I finally attended a training where I not only learned something valuable, but also could immediately apply it to my direct responsibilities as well as indirect (committees and such). Many thanks for your time well spent, from my perspective”.

Phyllis Kaplan, RN, BSN
Clinical Health Information Systems Advisor
Improve Health for Populations & Communities, Masspro


Sturbridge, MA is a very beautiful place, as is seen the photos, especially in the spring.




Doreleena Sammons-Hackett (aka Posey) S.M. says...
Posted Friday, May 10, 2013
Very nice!!

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