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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Spring Internship Site Visits

Friday, February 6, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Site visits for the DHPE Internship 2015 Spring Cohort have begun in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Intern Brianna Johnson. She is the second student from Grambling State University to participate in the DHPE Internship Program, and her internship site, Our Lady of the Lake Health System (OLOL), is a new placement site for DHPE.

Preceptor Randee Rousseau, who is the OLOL Community Advocacy outreach coordinator and Brianna’s immediate supervisor, along with Preceptor Monique Marion, the Community Advocacy manager, are two of the system’s 8,000 employees. OLOL is one of the largest private medical centers in Louisiana and is a leading healthcare provider in the southern part of the state, covering 11 parishes. It operates under the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and comprises of a network of hospitals, clinics, providers, nursing centers and integrated care agencies.

The OLOL Community Advocacy Department is responsible for patient engagement, community outreach, health education and the system’s community health assessment plan. The last assessment completed was in 2012, and the department is currently starting the process to complete its next assessment. Brianna has been assigned to assist with this process.  Randee and Monique have assigned Brianna the task of creating health education tabletop displays and toolkits to be utilized during her internship and beyond at external and internal health fairs, for patient education in clinic waiting rooms and at partner events. Brianna has decided to create toolkits on the following health areas: Obesity; Heart Disease/High Blood Pressure/Stroke; Diabetes; Cancer; Depression/Mental Health/ Substance Abuse; and Alzheimer’s disease.

Brianna had the opportunity to attend the two-day DHPE Shaping Policy for Health (SPH) Course 3 training hosted by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals after her site visit, along with two DHPE Fellows from Cohort IV.  She will translate the skills from the training to the OLOL Advocacy Department.

DHPE Fellow Kristen Hernandez, who is placed at Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, assisted with the coordination of the SPH Course 3 training held January 27-28 at the Department. She actually served as the host by handling registration, setting up the room and providing the introduction for the training. Arkansas DHPE Fellow Rahma Mkuu also attended the SPH Course 3 training, along with Intern Brianna.

DHPE Fellows Kristen Hernandez and Rahma Mkuu, with their group mate a CDC Fellow, demonstrate framing messages during a media interview.

DHPE Intern and Grambling State University Brianna Johnson learning and practicing media advocacy with her group at the SPH Course 3 training at the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.

DHPE Intern and Grambling State University Brianna Johnson (center) and her preceptors at the Our Lady of the Lake Health System Community Advocacy Unit, Monique Marion (left) and Randee Rousseau (right).

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