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 Fellow Attends Place Matters

Wednesday, October 9, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Place Matters: Exploring the Intersections of Health and Economic Justice

By DHPE Fellow Thometta Cozart Brooks, MS, MPH, CPH

The Place Matters National Health Equity Conference has been convened for the last three years by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. This year's conference was held on October 2nd at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. The conference focused on the connection between economic disparities, such as unemployment and income gaps, and health disparities. A wide range of health advocates representing government, nonprofits, community-based organizations, political think tanks, and funding agencies attended the conference to learn how where one lives, works and plays impacts one's health.

The opening plenary "Root Shock: Displacement, Dislocation, Disinvestment and Health Inequities” featuring Author and Professor Dr. Mindy Fullilove, set the stage by examining how the removal and dismantling of minority and poor communities through eminent domain or other means impacts the physical, emotional and spiritual health of these communities. Dr. Fullilove's book, Root Shock, focuses on the journey of a black community in Pittsburgh, PA. By exploring the communities' history, she discusses the psychological distress and cultural, social and economic losses suffered by not only the misplaced individuals, but also the whole city. It is in her opinion that a city hurts itself by relocating the poor. Planned shrinkage, the destruction and consolidation of poor and minority neighborhoods, increases health disparities and contributes to epidemics. The spread of HIV/AIDS in the Bronx after a poor neighborhood is allowed to burn down is Dr. Fullilove's example of the indirect consequences of displacing and relocating the underserved and poor. As a clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Fullilove's solution to these injustices is to promote how the whole needs all of its varied parts to survive.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Fullilove has engaged communities in Harlem and other New York boroughs to create walking trails that connect parks located throughout these neighborhoods. To guide this work, Dr. Fullilove created the Urban Restoration Alchemy.

Currently, Dr. Fullilove is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the Hiking Giraffe Path project. This project is a collaboration of community members, local Parks and Recreation, government officials, youth and others based on her "Healthy Human Settlement” theory. She continues to disseminate her efforts through presentations, publications and an upcoming book, all of which will strengthen the field of community-based participatory research and interventions.

Dr. Fullilove believes:

"There is no there, no them; it's only here and us.”

Thometta Cozart Brooks is a DHPE Fellow at the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about the Place Matters Conference, visit http://www.jointcenter.org/hpi/pages/place-matters.

Karen Thompkins, Thometta Brooks, Steve Owens

DHPE Fellows Spencer Willis, Tiffany Cox and Thometta Brooks

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