DHPE HAS CLOSED OPERATIONS

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: 

http://SystemsChangeForHealth.web.unc.edu 

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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American Heart Association Voices for Healthy Kids - Request for Awards

Monday, June 17, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The American Heart Association (AHA) together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015 and to decrease racial, ethnic, and income disparities in prevalence. Through our Voices for Healthy Kids' Strategic Campaign Fund, the AHA is targeting the following six state, local and tribal advocacy priorities:

· Reduce access to unhealthy competitive foods in schools
· Reduce unhealthy beverage consumption using pricing (dis)incentives
· Increase incentives and demand for strengthening industry self-regulation and government regulation of food marketing to kids
· Increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities
· Increase the use of joint use agreements and street-scale improvement in underserved communities
· Improve physical activity standards in out-of-school/out-of-class time in underserved communities

THE PROGRAM
Voices for Healthy Kids' Strategic Campaign Fund is awarding grants with a mix of lobbying and non-lobbying resources to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns aligned with the Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities outlined above. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, local, or tribal geographic location—we are not awarding regional grants, multi-location funding, or support for technical assistance-based support strategies. Specifically, grantee proposals must be:

· Impactful: The specific binding policy being pursued must actually deliver population impact
· Viable and Promising: The application must be engaged in a viable and promising childhood obesity public policy effort
· Supported by Match: The applicant will commit a small amount of its own funds and resources that will provide critical ownership, additional advocacy operations, and increase the potential for sustainability
· Compliant: Grantees must follow compliance requirements mandated by the AHA

Priority will be given to campaign reaching the highest need populations and/or those with the greatest potential to impact wider movement-building impact and momentum.

TOTAL AWARDS
Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating six awards up to a maximum of $90,000 per award for a period of one year with potential renewal. In addition to this base level of funding, grantees will be supported by a robust technical assistance initiative and also have priority access to supplemental additional potential resources (including Rapid Response).
The awards mentioned above are for non-lobbying activities only. Additional award funds are available for lobbying activities and will be determined based on the proposal submitted by each applicant.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Applicants must be nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundation or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (no government agencies). AHA will require IRS documentation of 501(c)(3) status through the application process.

Specific core competencies required are:

· Experience in working with diverse populations, especially underserved communities that are at greatest risk for obesity, including lower-income communities and communities of color
· Strong leadership, organization, fiscal and project management skills
· An independent interest in reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity at the state, local or tribal level, including the ability to sustain work beyond the period of this grant
· Capable and willing to pursue lobbying activities or mobilize close partner organizations bringing this capability to the project.

BUDGET
A budget must be submitted with each application. Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meeting, supplies, project related, and other direct project expenses including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project.
The following items are required to be included in each budget submission:

· One Campaign Coordinator position
· Legal contingency no less than 5% of the operating budget to support the cost of outside counsel determined by AHA

Grants will not be awarded for curricula development or implementation, equipment, operations of physical activity, nutrition or similar participant-based programs, capital expenditures, academic research or other non-advocacy purposes.

MONITORING
AHA monitors grantees' efforts and careful stewardship of grant funds to assure accountability. Grantees will be required to submit periodic narrative, financial, compliance, and outcomes reports.

APPLICATION PROCESS
An application is available online.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent review committee and announcement of awards will be made approximately 6-8 weeks after submission.

Organizations wishing to apply should submit their completed applications to: Voicesforhealthykids@heart.org

For Questions regarding the application, please contact Debbie.Hornor@heart.org.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY CLARIFICATION
As part of the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative, the AHA is still accepting applications on a rolling basis for rapid response advocacy needs (formerly operated as the separate Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund). These are short-term supplemental non-lobbying advocacy grants for emerging/rapid response advocacy needs. These awards do not allow indirect or operations funding within awards and require applicants to demonstrate a strong existing "base” capacity as well as an urgent supplemental need within the policy change environment. Applications must meet the policy priorities outlined above. More information is available at www.heart.org/obesityfund, and a pre-application consultation is required prior to applying.


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