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 Announces Lupus Education Mini-Grants RFP

Monday, October 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) announces the availability of funds up to $105,000.00 for community-level mini-grants during fiscal grant 2015-2016 to support lupus awareness projects focusing on patient and public education. Grant funds will not exceed $15,000.00 per applicant agency for at least seven (7) funded grants.

Funding priority will be given to areas demonstrating greatest need for lupus programming, such as providing lupus health education to the public and/or persons, especially women of color with lupus and their caregivers and families. This is a competitive-bid process that is part of DHPE’s LEAP: Lupus Education & Awareness for Patients, Professionals & Providers Program. The DHPE LEAP Program is funded through the National Health Education Lupus Program of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.

DHPE is seeking the assistance of state-level Offices of Minority Health (OMH) to promote this opportunity to community-based organizations with the capacity to successfully complete a six-month lupus awareness campaign. Attached to this email is the Request for Proposal (RFP) that provides detailed submission guidance and criteria for funding. The RFP guidelines and criteria is 10 pages and the application is only two pages with an Action Plan. Applicants are required to submit a budget, a statement of support from state OMH and proof of 501c(3) with the application.

Community-based organizations and faith-based groups in existence for at least three years, along with state and local health departments, are encouraged to apply for this public health education and awareness opportunity. Feel free to pass this opportunity on to others.

We strongly encourage you to thoroughly read the guidelines and application. A webinar explaining the DHPE LEAP Project and the mini-grant program will be held at 3:00 pm EST on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 for potential applicants. Here is the link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3943082163576744450

The mini-grant application is due to DHPE no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015 via email to info@dhpe.org. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Project Director Dr. Steve Owens at sowens@dhpe.org or 202-659-2269.

RFP Guidelines and Application:


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