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: Additional Health Promotion & Education News

New Interactive Site: State Laws for School Snack Foods and Beverages

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
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A new online resource is available from Bridging the Gap. With the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and assistance from the Center for Digital Information, they have just launched a new interactive website, State Laws for School Snack Foods and Beverages. This site presents extensive data on laws for school snack foods and beverages in every state - from bans on soda in elementary schools to limits on the fat content of snacks in high schools - in a visually appealing, easily searchable format. It's the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the codified laws in this area.

If you're interested in finding out more, join a webinar on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, during which will walk through the features of the new website, answer participants' questions about the data, and discuss the policy landscape regarding school snack foods and beverages. Click here to register.

The searchable data available on the site includes analyses of the overall strength of codified statutory (legislative) and administrative (regulatory) laws in every state:· for seven school years, from 2006-07 to 2012-13;· applicable to each of three grade levels: elementary, middle, and high;· for six locations of sale: vending machines, school stores, á la carte lines in the cafeteria, classroom parties, fundraisers, and evening/community events; and· information on laws that are not differentiated by location of sale, such as requiring nutritional information to be posted at points of sale.Data can be organized by state, by year, by grade level, by venue, and by specific nutritional standards.

To access the site, go to: http://foods.bridgingthegapresearch.org/. To learn more about the site, sign up for the webinar on February 4. Finally, for more information on Bridging the Gap, see: www.bridgingthegapresearch.org.

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