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

Upcoming webinars from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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Smart Snacks - Tools for Change!
Tuesday, April 8th at 2pm ET
Smart Snacks in School nutrition guidelines are fast approaching and administrator support is a key element to success. Learn how school administrators are taking the lead on this important issue and how you can engage with administrators in your own district. Identify free, easy-to-use tools to help take the guesswork out of Smart Snacks implementation, including sample communications pieces to get the word out in your community and technical tools such as our Product Calculator and online database of products meeting the new guidelines. In addition, find out about AASA’s Competitive Foods Policy Initiative, where superintendents are paired in a mentor/mentee relationship to assist each other with smooth adoption of the Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines. Let us help you engage district leaders and save time as you work toward the July 1st deadline!
Speakers: Jill Turley, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Summer Kriegshauser, Project Manager, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Staff Meetings and Trainings with a Healthy Twist
Tuesday, April 15th at 2 pm ET

Creating a culture of health and wellness in staff meetings and at professional development trainings is an important way to help school staff - eat well and be physically active, foster healthier work environments and cultivate social norms around healthier choices and behaviors. This session will provide tools and resources that can be utilized during your next meeting or training. Ideas will be shared so you can start providing physical activity breaks during meeting, examples of healthier foods and beverages that can be served and ways to promote sustainability for future meetings and trainings.
Speakers: Michelle Owens, National Employee Wellness Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Katherine Bishop, Nutrition Policy Associate, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Schools as Nutrition Hubs
Tuesday, April 29th at 2pm EST
Many parts of the country are just beginning to see spring weather and we are already thinking about summer … summer meals that is. Join the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to learn how you can play a vital role in ensuring students have access to free, healthy meals all year while leveraging funding to make programs financially sustainable.
Speakers: Jill Turley, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Jillien Meier, Program Manager, Share Our Strength

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