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 Recommends Balanced Budget Approach to Deficit Reduction for FY 2014

Thursday, July 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
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DHPE Recommends Balanced Budget Approach to Deficit Reduction for FY 2014:
Cautiously Optimistic about Senate FY 2014 Spending Bill

Members of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) strongly support the FY2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, as passed in full committee of the Senate. While this bill recognizes health as a national priority and provides a much needed boost to public health by investing in the agencies and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), DHPE is still gravely concerned about the impact of public health cuts to date, including sequestration. Members are cautiously optimistic that during this time of austerity the Senatehas moved forward witha pre-sequestration funding levelthat prevents furthererosion of programs that can reduce health care costs, improve quality of life, and improve business' bottom line. Together, HHS' agencies and programs keep Americans performing at their best in school, at work, and in this nation's military. In this challenging budget environment, we especially appreciate efforts to balance critical investments evenly across the public health continuum. In so doing, this bill demonstrates a strong commitment to improving health holistically through prevention, treatment, service delivery, and research.

We urge Congress to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Otherwise, efforts to protect these and other domestic programs from further erosion in FY 2014 and beyond will be for naught. We are troubled that:

  1. there remains a fundamental lack of understanding about public health programs, both the value they provide in helping Americans lead healthy, safe, and productive lives; and,
  2. there remains a fundamental lack of urgency to address our fiscal challenges in a meaningful way—by replacing sequestration and addressing the true drivers of the debt.

Continued cuts to public health programs are already having negative impacts on real Americans, and the impact will only worsen without a bipartisan deal to replace sequestration. We continue to urge Congress and the Administration to work together to address our fiscal situation in a bipartisan way that protects discretionary programs—including public health—that have already borne the brunt of responsibility for deficit reduction.

The schedule of [302(b)] allocations set by the House of Representatives puts the overwhelming burden of recommended cuts on Labor, HHS and Education budgets. The House's allocation is $44B less than that recommended in the President's budget request and less than the Senate's Labor-HHS Spending bill, both of which support investments in programs needed to protect and improve the health of our populace.

We have a special concern about the implications for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC). The CDC hasa unique role in enhancing Americans' health and well-being. We knowthat prevention can decrease health care costs by making sure people don't get sick in the first place. Health inequities put low-income communities and communities of color most at risk. Without meaningful investments in prevention, we'll all be left behind.Preventing disease and injury before they occur is the smart way to ensure good health.Prevention is based on decades of solid science.

Investing in prevention isn't just good for our health; it's good for business, too.Right now, local businesses spend $153 billion each year on chronic diseases that are preventable--- money that could instead be spent to hire more workers, reinvest in the business, and support a vibrant, healthy workforce.Investing in prevention is an investment in everyone's future.

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