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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Health Promotion Policy Fellowship position at the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)

Monday, March 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is offering a paid Health Promotion Policy Fellowship position at the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) in Atlanta for six months, approximately April 1 to September 30, 2015. DPH is seeking a DHPE fellow to participate in a department collaboration to revitalize the Office of Health Equity. The DPH Office of Health Equity’s mission is to lead in the identification and elimination of health disparities while promoting a healthy quality of life for all Georgians.

The DHPE Fellow will work in collaboration with a number of programs in the DPH to get an understanding of the current program activities to address health equity; determine Office goals and objectives; develop a program plan that would consist of an outreach and communications plan and determine an evaluation plan. The fellow will also have opportunities to attend meetings, as needed. The DHPE fellow will be supervised by the Office Director and Deputy Director and activities will primarily focus on the following three phases of the collaboration: Phase I: Environmental Scan; Phase II: Program Plan; and Phase III: Evaluation Plan and Final report. The full position description is attached to this email for your review.

The goal of the Health Promotion Policy Fellowship Program is to address emerging needs of health equity, public health and health disparities, and to provide leadership and professional opportunities at state and local health departments for recent graduates and doctoral level students of schools and programs of public health. The overall intent of the program is to enhance the preparation of future public health professionals with an emphasis on health disparity by providing unique training opportunities in prevention policy. The support offered through this program will expand minority representation in the public health prevention workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience in prevention research. Secondly, it will provide a link to academic institutions in the preparation of the public health workforce around the areas of prevention policy and health equity.

DHPE, based in Washington, DC, has been serving state and territorial health departments and their community partners for over 60 years. In a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), DHPE is addressing five program areas: (1) deliver curriculum on health policy and environmental change to professionals; (2) provide public health internships and fellowships for students from minority serving institutions; (3) develop new approaches to achieving health equity; (4) improve the capacity of states to conduct health promotion policy activities; and, (5) support systems changes for school health. DHPE’s long-term outcomes are to reduce morbidity and premature deaths, and ensure longer healthier lives for all Americans.

The fellowship is at no-cost to the state or the local health department. DHPE will serve as the administrator of the program.  The fellowship stipend does not include any additional payment for living expenses or relocation expenses.  Fellows are also required to maintain their own health insurance while in the fellowship program. However, in addition to the fellowship stipend, the fellow will have access to a $4,000 “fellowship allowance” per year that is intended to cover health/dental/vision insurance premiums.

Fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for usually 12 months; yet, this opportunity is for six months. The stipend level for the fellowship position will range from $22,500 to $30,000 for six months and is based on the education level/degree requirement of the fellowship position. To be eligible, applicants must have received a master degree (MPH preferred) or doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Early career professionals with MPH or doctorate degrees (within 5 years of graduation) may also apply for the fellowship program. Fellows may be required to attend a competency-based policy training course which is administered by DHPE.  Applicants should complete the application and submit it, along with supporting documents, to DHPE by March 14, 2015.  Relocation to Atlanta is not provided by DHPE. In person interviews at the Georgia Department of Health will occur during the week of March 23rd. Candidates who currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia are strongly encouraged to apply. 

For more information, contact DHPE Internship & Fellowship Program Manager Thometta Cozart at tcozart@dhpe.org or 202-552-4402. Thank you.

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