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

DHPE Internship and Fellowship Update

Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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DHPE Fellows Jamal Bankhead and Ayesha Smith, along with Internship & Fellowship Manager Thometta Cozart, attended the 12th Annual Meeting of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention on October 22, 2014. The Forum, which includes more than 75 partnering organizations, held its meeting at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The event highlighted the latest occurrences regarding cardiovascular disease, such as the use of big data and information technology and updates from the Million Hearts campaign. The Forum's Health Equity committee, chaired by Dr. Paul Underwood of Boston Scientific, hosted a panel onthe largest and longest study focused on a diverse populations of Hispanics entitled Hispanic Community Health Study - Study of Latinos, as well as the importance of including digital communications as a part of health campaigns targeting minorities. Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Dr. Norma Goodwin of Health Power for Minorities were the two panelists for this session.

Another session update on best practices in Blood Pressure Control was of great interest of DHPE Fellow Smith, who is working on an algorithm for New Jersey Department of Health to reduce strokes and control blood pressure. During this session, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, American Heart Association's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, recommended five steps for systems change in clinical settings to control blood pressure. He would like to see clinics not only embrace this model but also pair it with a community intervention to truly impact blood pressure control, especially in underserved and minority communities.

This year's meeting was the last for Forum Chair Dr. Keith Ferdinand. He passed the duties to the current Chair Sharon Moffat, RN, MSN, of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials during the meeting's award ceremony.

Other news

DHPE Internship and Fellowship Manager Thometta Cozart conducted the site visit of Intern Shalon Jones at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston Texas this week. Harris County uniquely has a veterinary medicine division and serves the unincorporated areas of Harris County outside of theCity of Houston, nearly 2 million residents. Shalon is assisting the Department with its accreditation process by establishing a plan for the health equity and cultural competency training needs of the Department staff.

Today, Thometta will be speaking to students, faculty and health partners at the University of Texas, School of Public Health at its San Antonio Regional Campus, to promote the DHPE Internship Program.


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