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

Promoting Health Equity through Education Programs and Policies

Wednesday, November 4, 2015  
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The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) released the following findings on: Promoting Health Equity through Education Programs and Policies: Early Childhood Education Programs.

Why is this important?

Children in low-income and racial and ethnic minority families often experience delays in language and other development by the age of three. Compensating for these delays before children begin regular schooling can be critical to providing them with opportunities for educational attainment associated with lifelong employment and income, ultimately reducing the achievement gap and advancing health equity. Center-based early childhood education (ECE) programs are designed to prepare children for school. In 2010, less than half of children in families in the lowest income quartile were enrolled in ECE programs, and the quality of these programs was lower than programs attended by higher income children (Duncan & Magnuson 2013).

Who should know about these Task Force findings?

Those seeking to promote health equity among low-income and minority children using evidence-based programs and policies may be interested in this recommendation, such as educational program decision makers and funders, policy makers and public health professionals.

What materials are available to help share this information with others?

  • News Story - Use this ready-to-go story for newsletters and websites, or simply link to it from the following introduction:
  •  Tweets – retweets and sample messages

The Community Preventive Services Task Force is now on Twitter @CPSTF. Follow us and retweet messages about these health equity findings.

If you prefer to send out a separate tweet, following are samples to consider.

  1. Early childhood education programs can improve health for low-income kids. #TheCommunityGuide http://tinyurl.com/lgcw94g
  2. How can we improve educational & health outcomes in low-income communities? #TheCommunityGuide http://tinyurl.com/lgcw94g
  3. Promote health equity in low-income communities w/early childhood education programs. #TheCommunityGuide http://tinyurl.com/lgcw94g
  4. What is the latest recommendation from #TheCommunityGuide for promoting health equity in kids? http://tinyurl.com/kqjsjjb
  • Community Guide Flyer – Use this as a handout, web link, attachment, or as a source of wording for materials you develop.
  • Content syndication—Post automatically updated Community Guide content on your website, such as a list of all Task Force findings on this topic.
  • One Pager – Using this informational handout summarizing The Community Guide review on center-based early childhood education to improve health equity.
  • What Works Fact Sheet – Use this informational handout summarizing Community Guide recommendations on promoting health equity.
  • Descriptions of the Task Force, The Community Guide, and Liaisons - Feel free to use language provided in the next section in your promotional materials.

What are the Task Force, Community Guide, and Liaisons?

  • The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, uncompensated panel of public health and prevention experts. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by providing evidence-based recommendations about community preventive programs, services and policies to improve health. Its members represent a broad range of research, practice and policy expertise in community prevention services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.
  • The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a website that is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Liaisons to the Task Force— many of the nation’s leading health practice and research agencies and organizations hold official Liaison status with the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). They participate in Task Force meetings; serve on systematic review teams; represent the views, concerns and needs of their organizations and constituents; and disseminate findings to their members and constituents.


-The Community Guide Branch

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