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: Additional Health Promotion & Education News

CDC announces new Director of Division of Oral Health

Wednesday, July 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Dr. Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, will join the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as Director, Division of Oral Health, beginning on October 6, 2013. Dr. Weno comes to CDC from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, where she served for the past seven years as Director of the Bureau of Oral Health. Her 22-year medical and public health career focused on oral health practice and promotion, public health dentistry, and legal and policy issues at the heart of making oral health available for all, especially the most vulnerable populations.

Dr. Weno has served as an advisor to state and local governments, agency staff, oral health professionals, and the general public on the science of oral health, including community water fluoridation, evidence-based dentistry, dental public health, dental education, infection control, Medicaid, and access-to-care interventions. Under her leadership, oral health activities in Kansas expanded from a single employee working within a branch in another bureau to a free-standing bureau that directs oral health programs in 88 of Kansas' 105 counties.

Dr. Weno received her DDS in 1991 from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She was licensed by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners in 1991 and the Kansas Dental Board in 2006. She received her JD in 1999 from the University of Iowa College of Law and is a member of the Iowa Bar (1999-present), the Missouri Bar (2001-present), and the Kansas Bar (2006-present). She was in private dental practice from 1991 through 2000, and she began her legal career in 2001 as an attorney before providing legal aid to HHS's State Children's Health Insurance Program in Missouri from 2001 to 2006. In 2006 she joined the Kansas health department.

On the national level, Dr. Weno has been a member of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD's) Board of Directors for two years and currently serves as treasurer of the organization. She is a mentor for new state Dental Directors and oral health program staff in ASTDD's mentorship program and is the chair of the ASTDD Leadership Committee.

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