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 honors Margo Wootan with the Mary Bobbitt Cooke School Health Leadership Award

Monday, September 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
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DHPE’s Executive Director Susan Goekler presented the Mary Bobbitt-Cooke School Health Leadership Award to Margo Wootan in Washington DC on September 26..   The Mary Bobbitt-Cooke School Health Leadership Award recognizes a person from the field of public health who has championed an initiative that improves the health and well-being of members of school communities. This award honors long-time DHPE member, Mary Bobbitt-Cooke, MPH, who worked tirelessly to improve the public’s health both in her home state of North Carolina and nationally.  Mary believed that community is where health improvement happens. It was her vision that created the School Employee Wellness (SEW) program which has provided resources and incentives to communities across the country to protect their schools’ greatest assets, their faculty and staff, though wellness programs.  In 2007, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the first Lloyd J. Kolbe Award for Leadership in Coordinated School Health to DHPE for its work on SEW.  Mary was the champion who made sure that this important idea was brought to fruition.  The Mary Bobbitt-Cooke award will recognize other public health leaders who share Mary’s passion for schools as a venue for health promotion.

Dr. Margo Wootan is the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). She co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) and the Food Marketing Workgroup. She has coordinated and led efforts to improve school foods and reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children.  She was instrumental in getting a requirement for wellness policies included in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2004 and for enhancing standards for school foods in its reauthorization.  The results of the recent School Health Programs and Practices Study (SHPPS) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed significant changes since passage of the 2004 bill in food preparation methods used in school cafeterias and healthier options not only as part of school meals but also in vending machines, at parties, and as school fund raisers. 

Dr. Wootan was unable to attend DHPE’s annual meeting in Minneapolis to accept her award during the awards ceremony.  The presentation of this award to Dr. Wootan completes the presentation of awards to those unable to attend.  DHPE’s Deputy Executive Director for Programs presented the Health Promotion and Education Advocacy Award to Dr. Paul Jarris the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) during ASTHO’s annual meeting on September 17.


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