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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Former DHPE Fellow Attends the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Former DHPE Fellow, Tiffany Cox, MPH, CPH, attended the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 24, 2014. Funding for the Meeting was provided by US DHHS, Region 1, Office of Minority Health and CT Department of Public Health/Office of Health Equity. CMHP was launched in July 2008, through the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Multicultural Health (now Office of Health Equity as of 10/1/14). The Partnership was established to draw together expertise, resources, and programming to eliminate health disparities in Connecticut. Currently, the Partnership’s primary focus is on the adoption and implementation of CLAS Standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Healthcare).

Dr. Adewale Troutman was the keynote speaker for this event. His talk was a call to action for Connecticut public health professionals to create a social movement toward the elimination of health disparities. Main topic points included access to care, health inequities, strengths and limitations of the Affordable Care Act, individualized and institutionalized racism, upstream and downstream social determinants of health, and promising practices and initiatives across the nation.

Dr. Troutman ended with 5 points for what we in CT can do: 1) work beyond siloes, 2) strive for collective consciousness, 3) see ourselves as engaged, committed leaders, 4) find political will which takes courage, and 5) redefine our personal and professional goals. He ended by quoting the character Spock from Star Trek- "the needs of the many outweigh the few.”

From left to right: Mrs. Troutman, Tiffany, Renee Coleman-Mitchell (former preceptor, current supervisor- Community Health and Prevention Section Chief), Dr. Troutman, Marie Spivey (VP, Connecticut Hospital Association)

Dr. and Mrs. Troutman said they love the fellowship and were excited to see a fellow now working for her preceptor. They emphasized how important it is to stand on people’s shoulders and allow people to stand on yours one day.

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