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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Clinical Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Friday, November 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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What is being announced?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has released its findings on clinical decision-support systems for prevention of cardiovascular disease. This announcement comes before publication of the scientific articles so that you may use the information to help make decisions about prevention of cardiovascular disease.

What is the Task Force recommendation or other finding?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments. Read the full Task Force Finding and Rationale Statement, including implementation issues, potential benefits and harms, and evidence gaps.

What are clinical decision-support systems (CDSS)?

CDSS are computer-based information systems designed to assist healthcare providers implement clinical guidelines at the point of care. CDSS use patient data to provide tailored patient assessments and evidence-based treatment recommendations for healthcare providers to consider. Patient information is entered manually or automatically through an electronic health record (EHR) system. CDSS for cardiovascular disease prevention (CVD) include one or more of the following:

§ Reminders for overdue CVD preventive services including screening for risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol

§ Assessments of patients' risk for developing CVD based on their medical history, symptoms, and clinical test results

§ Recommendations for evidence-based treatments to prevent CVD, including intensification of treatment

§ Recommendations for health behavior changes to discuss with patients such as quitting smoking, increasing physical activity, and reducing excessive salt intake

§ Alerts when indicators for CVD risk factors are not at goal

Why is this recommendation important?

Cardiovascular disease causes one out of every three (approximately 800,000) deaths each year in the U.S.; it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About half of U.S. adults (49%) have at least one of the three key cardiovascular disease risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Annual direct and indirect costs resulting from CVD and stroke in the U.S. are estimated at $312.6 billion.

Who should know about the Task Force recommendation?

The recommendation is potentially useful to healthcare organizations and providers as well as others seeking to improve the delivery of evidence-based care to prevent cardiovascular disease.

What materials are available for me to share with others?

· Sample News Story - Use this ready-to-go story for newsletters and websites, or simply link to it using the following introduction:

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced that it recommends clinical decision-support systems for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

· Sample Tweets –

o Clinical decision-support systems improve provider practices for cardiovascular disease prevention #TheCommunityGuide http://bit.ly/XnLHlG

o Evidence supports clinical decision-support systems to improve CVD-related preventive care #TheCommunityGuide http://bit.ly/XnLHlG

o See #TheCommunityGuide for >210 findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force http://bit.ly/10buxvA

· Content syndication- Post automatically-updated Community Guide content on your website, such as the list of Task Force findings on cardiovascular disease prevention.

· Community Guide Flyer – Use this item as a handout, web link, attachment, or source of wording for materials you develop.

· Descriptions of the Task Force, The Community Guide, and Liaisons (printed below) - Feel free to use the descriptions below in your promotional materials.

What are the Task Force, Community Guide, and Liaisons?

· The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

· The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force).

· Liaisons to the Task Force— Many of the nation's leading health practice and research agencies and organizations hold official Liaison status with the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). They participate in Task Force meetings; serve on systematic review teams; represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organizations and constituents; and disseminate findings to their members and constituents.

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