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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NEW! NDD United Thank You Campaign

Tuesday, October 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
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As a member of the Coalition for Health Funding, DHPE is sharing this request – to say thank you for those who voted to end the government shutdown and avoid default. As a voting citizen, you can use your personal address, computer, etc. to contact legislators. You can adapt the sample letter and share local anecdotes, if appropriate.

Susan F. Goekler, PhD, MCHES
Executive Director


NEW! NDD United Thank You Campaign

While we often find we're fighting various legislative plans and urging folks to vote NO on something, we need to remember to THANK those that do the right thing. We're hearing from many offices and Members of Congress themselves that they are being hounded and pounded by Tea Party folks (not just from their own district, but nationally) chastising them for their vote on HR 2775. They are urging them to continue to fight "Obamacare” by whatever means necessary, and saying "don't back down” on the next budget deal/CR.

Said one staffer for a moderate Republican: "They need to hear thank you and know that their vote was not for nothing – standing up to the pressure is very difficult.” The same is true for moderate Dems from red states. Said one red state senator, "We're being hammered by constituents about not staying strong and blocking Obamacare, raising the debt ceiling, and ending the shutdown. Messages of opposition are at a ratio of 100:1 for those supporting our decision. It's been really nasty, and staff are completely demoralized. If you want to see how bad it is, just visit any of our Facebook pages. Positive reinforcement right now will really help bolster courage as we enter into the next critical phase of negotiations.”

Thanking these moderatesis as important as making the argument for or against something.

The NDD Steering Committee has drafted a "thank you” template (attached below) for you to use in thanking Members of Congress who voted in favor of H.R. 2775, and urging them to "stand strong” when it comes to ending sequestration. We strongly urge you to share this message throughout your networks, and to send letters of thanks both from your organization and from your grassroots (through phone and/or email platforms). Of course, feel free to customize!

House roll call is here, and the Senate roll call is here.

The Coalition for Health Funding's thank you note—customized for public health—is posted online here.

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