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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DHPE Presents at 2015 Southern Obesity Summit

Wednesday, November 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The 9th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) was held in Jackson, Mississippi on November 15-17, 2015. It was the first time that this forum was held in the state of Mississippi. It was presented by the Texas Health Institute and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. SOS is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, which focuses their efforts on 16 Southern States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  The overarching goals of the summit are to: (1) Help stakeholders strategize next steps to implement policy and program initiatives across all 16 states, and (2) Effectively engage youth in strategies to prevent obesity.


The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) staff – Policy, Systems and Environment Change (PSE) Director Doreleena Sammons Hackett, SM and Communications Manager Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH – attended the Summit to promote DHPE’s PSE change efforts, such as the CDC-funded Partnering4Health initiative and the Lupus Health Education program. Doreleena was one of the featured speakers during the Nutrition Track. Her presentation entitled “Combating Obesity: From Service Approaches to Systems Approaches” highlighted DHPE’s Systems Change for Health (SCH) trainings and demonstrated how state health agencies have addressed obesity and chronic disease disparities after completing the SCH courses.


Nearly 400 individuals attended the two-and-a-half day Summit, which received media coverage by the local news station. SOS was formally opened by a town hall meeting on issues and disparities among racial and ethnic populations relating to obesity and healthcare systems. The diverse and knowledgeable panel consisted of Facilitator Corey Wiggins, Director of Mississippi Economic Policy Center; Rosalie Aguilar of Salud America; Rev. Dr. Michael Minor, Project Director of a Navigator Grant Initiative; and Tamela Cannady of Choctaw Nation Health Authority.


There were ample opportunities to network in between the plenary sessions and the “fast-paced” breakout sessions. The Summit provided opportunities for practitioners to share successful policy and community-based intervention strategies. The opening Plenary Session: Demystifying Advocacy was funded by RWJF and the speaker was Laurel O'Sullivan, J.D. Principal & Founder of The Advocacy Collaborative, LLC. Round tables were held for different policy topics and there was a session entitled: Obesity as a National Security Issue presented by Brigadier General Robert Crear, US Army Retired. Pillar Workgroups were held on the topics of: Early Childhood; Food Access/System; Healthcare and Health System; School; Healthy Vending Policy; Physical Activity; and Worksites. Additionally, there were State Team Meetings and poster sessions.  


SOS concluded with the Creating a Culture of Health plenary on featuring keynote speaker Dr. Maya Rockeymoore and a final closing session on Effective Partnerships Between Funders and Grantees, which explored the current landscape of national policies & initiatives aligned with the SOS seven pillars as well as emerging funder approaches to supporting obesity prevention in the South. Closing session presenters included Carrie Dooyema, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity of the Centers for Disease Control; Jasmine Hall Ratliff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Catherine Oliveros of BlueCross BlueShield of Texas; and one of DHPE’s Partnering4Health national organizational partners, Jill Birnbaum of the American Heart Association. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of SOS, the 2016 Summit will occur in Texas. 

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