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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The Future of Public Health

Thursday, August 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Public health is evolving. Members of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) met in Dallas, Texas August 10-12 to discuss the future of public health at DHPE’s Annual Member Institute. Keynote speaker Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, discussed the importance of public health and medical care integration in building a transformed health system and the new “triple aim” for the future integrated health system. Angela Dawson, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health discussed health equity data and policy development. Members learned about foundational capabilities from Dr. Glen Mays of the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. Members also shared updates from their state health agencies and discussed many topics including ways to promote health equity and improve community and clinical linkages.

On Tuesday, August 11, DHPE members celebrated the life of Brick Lancaster (d. July 25, 2015), distinguished public health educator and Past President of DHPE (1991-1992) and honored the following 2015 award winners for excellence in the field of health promotion and health education:

  • David Satcher Award for Reducing Health Disparities -  Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH
  • Hod Ogden Award for Innovation in Health Communications  - Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CPH, CHES
  • State / Community Collaboration Award - City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health (TX), Accepted by Irene Ovalle, HIV Services Program Manager
  • Emerging Leader Award  - Kristen Hernandez, MPH
  • Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Award for School Health Leadership - Trina Anglin, MD, PhD
  • Health Promotion and Education Advocacy Award - Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Speakers’ presentations from the 2015 meeting are available for members to download, and the meeting was tweeted (#DHPEMtg2015).

Resources mentioned during keynote presentations:

In 2016, DHPE will celebrate its 70th Anniversary. We hope you will join us on our mission to build on principles and practices of health promotion and education, DHPE strengthens public health capacity in policy and in systems change to improve the health of all and achieve health equity.

For more information about DHPE membership, visit this page.

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