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

Message On the President’s 2015 Proposed Budget on Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Thursday, March 6, 2014   (0 Comments)
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DHPE Message Regarding the President’s 2015 Proposed Budget on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

DHPE remains concerned that funding for chronic disease prevention and health promotion and public health in general remains too low...Indeed, the proposed funding for many discretionary health programs remains below FY 2010, even without adjusting for inflation. We have learned that there is little opportunity for growth in the President's budget, necessitating flat funding, deep cuts, and in some cases, elimination. Yes, elimination…once again the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant has been eliminated from the President’s Budget! The PHHS Block Grant is one of DHPE’s three funding priorities and as such gives states the flexibility to deal with those gaps in services and infrastructure that states’ so desperately need. Significant progress in chronic disease prevention and health promotion, programs for the most vulnerable and public health jobs could be lost if the PHHS Block Grant funding is not restored.

It should be noted that the appropriations process is started with the release of the President’s budget and becomes the starting place for action not the endpoint for the appropriations process. What follows is the beginning of the conversation.

What follows is from the HHS BUDGET BRIEF…

The President’s 2015 Proposed Budget includes $1.1 billion for chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities, $110 million below FY 2014.

CDC will continue the anticipated Partnerships to Improve Community Health program created in FY 2014, at the same funding level of $80 million. This program reaches Americans where they live, work, and play to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

In FY 2015, CDC will also continue to fund the State Public Health Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention program, which supports states to implement cross-cutting strategies to promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors. The coordinated approach is comprised of the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, School Health, and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity state programs. Coordinating these efforts into a single effort encourages states to implement a cohesive set of evidence and practice-based interventions that address four inter-related chronic diseases and risk factors and allows for increased efficiencies. These interventions are implemented in multiple settings, such as child care, schools, communities, healthcare, and work sites.

In addition, the Budget eliminates the REACH program and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; other CDC activities address the goals of these programs through the State Public Health Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention program and the community chronic disease prevention grant program.

…CDC’s Congressional Justification and related documents, including the 2014 Operating Plan, will be posted on March 7th at www.cdc.gov/budget.  Today, you can access a summary of CDC’s request at www.hhs.gov/budget#brief and look for the CDC chapter.  DHPE looks forward to talking to you about the FY15 budget request throughout this appropriations cycle.


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