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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Internship and Fellowship Program Manager

Friday, April 11, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Location: Washington, DC

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is seeking an internship and fellowship manager to coordinate its internship program in public health practice for students of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Since 2002, the internship program has placed over 500 students in public health internships. The internship program receives nearly 350 applications annually for 30 internship positions. The fellowship program began in 2011. DHPE receives approximately 100 applications for three fellowship positions.


The internship and fellowship manager will be supervised by the Health Equity Director. The internship and fellowship manager will support health equity activities that address professional development of MSI students seeking careers in the public health arena. Specifically, the internship and fellowship manager will:

· Secure placement sites, negotiate contracts, and conduct site visits.

· Recruit applicants from MSIs for internship and fellowship opportunities on a year-round schedule.

· Develop and maintain good working relationships with faculty and preceptors in MSIs and with sponsors in work settings.

· Oversee the use of the internship information management system.

· Process applications for internships and fellowships, oversee selection process, and communicate selection decisions to applicants.

· Handle placement logistics and orientation of interns and fellows.

· Manage day-to-day communications with interns and fellows, potential interns and fellows, and former interns and fellows.

· Arrange training opportunities for interns and fellows, such as webinars and professional conferences.

· Provide timely feedback on program reports submitted by interns and fellows.

· Coordinate with preceptors for the timely receipt and approval of timesheets from interns and fellows.

· Process payments for interns and fellows.

· Write reports, blogs and success stories documenting interns and fellows activities and site visits.

· Lead and support subcommittee and team meetings.

· Maintain contact with internship and fellowship program alumni.

· Seek out new partnership institutions and preceptors nationally.


· Extensive experience in a public health agency or community-based organization, and knowledge of public health agencies and principles.

· Experience working with, mentoring, and/or supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

· Experience working with undergraduate and graduate level faculty.

· Ability to clearly articulate concepts of health equity, social determinants of health, and health disparities.

· Experience working in resource poor communities and minority communities.

  • Excellent technical writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation, organizational, management and planning skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple program deadlines.


  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Experience managing program budgets


· Master’s degree in public health or a related field.

· US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

· Five years’ experience working in public health, preferably in a resource constrained community setting.

SALARY RANGE: $60,000 - $78,000

Twenty percent travel is required.


All applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV or resume to personnel@dhpe.org by May 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), based in Washington, DC, has been serving state and territorial health departments and their community partners for over 65 years. (www.dhpe.org) DHPE is a membership association of high level professionals from public health departments. DHPE’s focus is on a coordinated program of training, technical assistance, and collaboration to strengthen public health capacity for health policy and systems change toward goals of improving health in the United States and achieving health equity.

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