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

New CDC data on a range of youth risk behaviors show youth cigarette smoking at 22-year low

Thursday, June 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey showing changes in a number of health behaviors among high school students, including those related to smoking, computer usage, and sexual activity. Smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since 1991 when the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) first began collecting these data. Nationwide, cigarette smoking rates among high school students dropped to 15.7%, marking the first time the U.S. has met its national Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing adolescent cigarette use to 16% or less. Despite this progress, reducing overall tobacco use remains a significant challenge. For example, other national surveys show increases in hookah and e-cigarette use.

Other key findings in the 2013 report include:

  • No change in smokeless tobacco (e.g. chewing tobacco, snuff, dip) use since 1999, and a decline in cigar use that has slowed in recent years, with cigar use now at 23% among male high school seniors (includes cigars, cigarillos, little cigars).
  • 41% percent of students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days had texted or emailed while driving.
  • A significant decrease in drinking soda (or pop) one or more times per day from 34% in 2007 to 27% in 2013.
  • A doubling in the percent of those using a computer three or more hours per day from 22% to 41% between 2003-2013 for non-school related work.
  • Among high school students who are currently sexually active, a decline in condom use from 63% in 2003 to 59% in 2013. Sexually active in this survey is defined as having had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months.

CDC has prepared fact sheets that include in depth information for each topic area, and there are also data tables that compare each state or large school district with national data.

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