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: Additional Health Promotion & Education News

CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers (Tips)

Friday, April 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
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This message is being sent by CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. For more information, visit CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) Web site at www.cdc.gov/tips.

On March 30, 2015, CDC renewed the Tips From Former Smokers campaign (CDC.gov/tips) with new, hard-hitting ads that show the harsh consequences of smoking. Real people tell personal stories about conditions linked to smoking that are not as well known to the public, such as colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration). Ads also highlight the benefits of quitting for loved ones and the importance of quitting cigarettes completely, not just cutting down. Ads are scheduled to air for 20 weeks—through August 16, 2015.

Following are materials as well as activities to help promote the campaign launch. We hope these resources will help facilitate your planning efforts and further support people in your own community who want to quit. Please share this e-mail with your tobacco control partners so that they can plan to use our materials, too.

CDC FEATURE ARTICLE: THE NEW SMOKING STORY: GOING BLIND (http://www.cdc.gov/features/smoking-eyesight/)

This article:

-- Closely profiles five Tips From Former Smokers campaign participants who appear in new ads. Embedded videos offer easy viewing of the new ads. Participants include:

*Mark, who developed rectal cancer at age 42 from using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco

*Marlene, who began losing her vision to macular degeneration at age 56

*Julia, who smoked for more than 20 years before developing colon cancer at age 49

*Kristy, who tried using e-cigarettes to quit smoking cigarettes but ended up using both products

*Tiffany, who lost her mother to lung cancer, and quit smoking to be around for her own daughter

-- Offers readers helpful, free quitting resources.

Please send this article to the members of your listservs.


To take advantage of all the activities we have planned on our social media profiles, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest for the latest updates.


-- CDC.gov/tips (www.cdc.gov/tips) has comprehensive resources for you to use and promote, including:

*Bios and additional interviews of the ad participants

*Overviews of the health conditions featured in the campaign

*Spanish-language content

*"I’m Ready to Quit” practical tips for quitting smoking

*Web badges and buttons to post on your site to link readers to the compelling personal stories on the Tips Web site

*Printable Tips ads to hang in your workplace


-- Access free materials at plowsharegroup.com/cdctips. These include low-resolution TV ads; radio, online, print, and out-of-home ads; and public service announcements.


-- Invite local pharmacists to participate in your coalitions and community events. Independent pharmacists are often business owners and established as community leaders. CDC is currently working with the American Pharmacy Association, the Pharmacists Letter, Creative Pharmacist, and CVS Health to get messages into pharmacies.Engage your local pharmacists and let them know about the specific Tips assets designed for them.These include 1-800-QUIT-NOW notepads, "Reasons to Quit” patient handouts, Tips radio and video ads to show and air in stores, information about quitlines, "Talk With Your Pharmacist” posters, and more (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/partners/health/pharmacist/index.html).


-- CDC provides materials to answer questions about Tips ads—and guidance on how to start a conversation about quitting.

-- Partner pages (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/partners/index.html) offer posters, FAQs about quitlines, fact sheets for patients, a pocket-sized brief intervention card for office visits, a quick reference guide on treating tobacco dependence, and much more.

MARCH OSH MEDIA CALENDAR PAGE (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/calendar/mar/tips/index.htm)

-- This pages provide a convenient link to the CDC feature article as well as to quitting resources and social media tools.

If you have additional questions about the 2015 Tips campaign, please contact TobaccoMediaCampaign@cdc.gov.


CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health

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