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: DHPE News

DHPE Announces New Advanced Internship Management System

Tuesday, October 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 1, 2013) – The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved Internship Management System (IMS). DHPE will use this web-based application to manage internship, preceptor, and site applications as well as monitor interns' progress towards meeting learning objectives. It tracks interns' weekly activity reports and timesheets in addition to evaluations of both the preceptor and intern's performance.

Through DHPE's Health Equity Internship Program, graduate & undergraduate students enrolled in minority-serving institutions can earn academic credit and valuable experience. The program places qualified students in a variety of positions within federal, state and local health departments, community-based organizations and other organizations. Visit https://dhpe.site-ym.com/?page=Interns_About for more information on the program.

The new IMS allows students to apply for an internship online. During the application process, students develop a profile, and upload transcripts and recommendation letters. DHPE matches student applications with site and preceptor applications based on needs and interest. During the matching process, DHPE can share students' applications online with prospective preceptors. Once assigned to an internship, student interns use the site to submit weekly activity reports and timesheets for online approval. At the end of the internship, student interns use the system to complete an evaluation. The IMS provides a dashboard for easy access to all intern activities.

Public health practitioners interested in hosting an intern (preceptors) also use the new site to apply as a host site, describe the internship opportunity and request placement of a student intern. Following assignment of interns to preceptors, the IMS site offers a dynamic Learning Objective assignment where preceptors create objectives for the student intern's experience. Preceptors use the site to approve weekly activity reports and timesheets and complete intern evaluations. A dashboard for preceptors allows easy access to all activities within the system.

The IMS system may be used by other individuals with close ties to the internship program. For example, the student's academic advisor is able to access the student intern's weekly activity reports, timesheets, and approve learning objectives. DHPE program staff can monitor student intern's progress towards meeting objectives and use this information to develop professional development opportunities to help students meet their objectives. They can also use the system to monitor progress towards meeting the Program's goals and objectives.

With the release of this new application, DHPE will streamline processes of an already highly successful program. Learn more about how DHPE's internship administration and support services at https://dhpe.site-ym.com/?page=Interns_Service.

Karen Thompkins, Internship & Fellowship Manager

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