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 Interns Address Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, August 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
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This week the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream” speech, which focused on people of color and the fight against oppression. In this quote engraved at the MLK memorial in Washington, DC, King refers to social structures that influence lives. In Public Health, we refer to such factors as "social determinants of health.”

DHPE's internship program for students of minority-serving institutions provides an avenue for a focus on social determinants of health to achieve health equity. Projects of Summer 2013 interns included:

  • Improving diabetes and heart disease risk by increasing access to fresh vegetables and fruits through WIC.
  • Assessing the all-hazard risk of vulnerable populations in DeKalb County, Georgia. The student found that older, non-mobile populations were vulnerable and took steps to close the gap.
  • Developing a health communications strategy using social media to promote lifestyle modifications among older African Americans. The student developed methods for disseminating evidence-based guidance to the population via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Kicking off a smoke-free Historically Black Colleges and Universities program for five HBCUs in the Maryland area.
  • Assessing access to fruits and vegetables in an urban neighborhood. The student looked at this access in the context of colorectal cancer risk.
  • Examining exposure to secondhand smoke in El Paso public housing. The student found that 81% of the people who had a preference wanted to live in a smoke-free building and that 75% of participants said the smell of smoke bothers them.

These are just a few of the 16 projects interns completed this summer. Other topics addressed by interns included healthy heart habits, breast cancer, health communication, and worksite wellness. The DHPE internship program has been running for more than ten years. DHPE staff members Dr. Steven Owens and Ms. Karen Thompkins provide extensive guidance in preparing these future professionals in public health.

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