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 prepares early career and future professionals for successful careers!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015   (1 Comments)
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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education’s (DHPE) proudly congratulates its Cohort III Fellows and two former Interns from the Fall 2014 Cohort for securing public health employment as a direct result of their involvement in the DHPE Internship & Fellowship Program. The DHPE Internship and Fellowship Program is funded by the Centers of Disease Control or CDC.

DHPE Fellows – Cohort III 2014-2015

Tiffany Cox, MPH, has accepted the position of Community Health and Prevention Supervisor and Public Information Officer (PIO) for Crater Health District in Petersburg, Virginia. Crater Health District encompasses approximately 1800 square miles and serves a population of about 150,000 residents. The District covers the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Emporia and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex and Greensville. It operates seven local health departments. In this position, Tiffany will function as liaison between the District and the communities it serves. She will be responsible for coordinating programs, funding and other events and initiatives in these communities, as well as fostering and maintaining community partnerships. Additionally, Tiffany will assist the District Health Director with engaging local policy makers to address and develop public health policies. As PIO, Tiffany will provide public information and lead public relations activities for the Crater Health District. She completed her one-year DHPE Health Equity Fellowship with the Connecticut Department of Health, where she created a policy scan of the Department’s chronic disease policies utilizing a health equity lens.

Ayesha N. Smith, MPH, JD, who completed her DHPE Health Equity Fellowship at the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in November 2014, is now a Public Health Project Analyst at the Department. She is a contracted employee of Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, positioned in the NJDOH Office of the Deputy Health Commissioner. Ayesha works with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Program, where she assists in the collection of documentation reviewed by PHAB for the purpose of NJDOH's national accreditation. Her main task is document examination to ensure standards and measures required for accreditation are met, as well as providing written documentation of how the PHAB standards are currently being met by the Department. As a part of her fellowship, Ayesha developed a team-based care model and algorithm focused on the management of hypertension/pre-diabetes/diabetes for distribution to Federally Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey.

DHPE Interns – Fall 2014 Cohort

Konesha Martin, MPH, is a December 2014 graduate of Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Her 12-week internship placement site was at Community Health Works (CHW) in Macon, Georgia. CHW is a non-profit organization that seeks innovative health solutions and provides advocacy for people financially compromised by their medical needs. CHW focuses on reducing health burdens and creating healthier communities mainly in seven counties of Central Georgia. The agency was awarded 1.1 million dollars by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be used throughout Georgia to provide uninsured and underinsured individuals assistance in navigating the Affordable Care Act and the Insurance Marketplace. This project was named the Insure GA Initiative, and it allows navigators to be placed in six regions of Georgia, excluding the metro Atlanta area. Konesha has been hired as a Regional Navigator for CHW’s Insure GA Initiative. The position is guaranteed through the end of March 2015 and may be extended to June, if funding permits. During her internship period, she was able to become a trained and certified state and federal patient navigator. Konesha is preparing to take the Certified Health Education Specialists Exam in April, as well as applying for the CDC Public Health Associate Training Program.

Daniela Marquez is a recent graduate of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas. During her Fall internship with the YMCA of El Paso, she worked on the implementation of an alcohol prevention initiative and policy project.

"I wanted to share the great news with you that because of the wonderful work Daniela did during her internship, we created a new part-time position and will be hiring her January 1 as the Assistant Project Coordinator for our initiative!” stated DHPE Member Dr. Holly Mata of the YMCA of El Paso. Dr. Mata also added, "Daniela has become such a strong member of our team, and the DHPE internship enabled her to gain experience while she contributed significantly to our regional efforts to reduce underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change strategies. THANK YOU!!!”

Daniela intends to continue her studies to obtain a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas – El Paso.


Konesha Martin says...
Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Congratulations ladies!

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