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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Walk to School Day Twitter Chat - October 5th

Monday, October 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of National Walk to School Day, when thousands of students, parents, community leaders, state and local officials across the United States will walk to school. This one-day event is aimed at building awareness of the need for walkable communities. National Walk to School Day promotes the many benefits of walking to school such as building daily physical activity behaviors, more accessible and safer routes to school, and safer environments.


The Directors of Health Education and Promotion (DHPE) is hosting a #WalktoSchool Day Twitter Chat at 1:00 pm ET on October 5th.  The chat will feature DHPE Project Director Cheryl Welbeck @DHPETweets; @Trailnet, Grace Kyoung who is a member of the St. Louis Plan4Health Coalition and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for Trailnet; and @moveUSmorethe National Physical Activity Society Executive Director Pam Edison. Our guests will discuss safer and healthier communities through physical activity, active infrastructure and safe route to school strategies implemented at the community level. During the chat use the following hashtags: #WalktoSchool Day #WTSD20 #Partnering4Health


DHPE members may also support the Walk to School effort by visiting DHPE’s Facebook Page:

Invite your colleagues to become DHPE Facebook Followers and “Like” the

Walk to School Day 2016 Facebook Event Page!  It is also a central place for to post their fliers, photos and videos of their Walk to School Day activities.


Learn how the local coalitions of the American Planning Association as part of the CDC National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Program is focusing on enhancing the built environment to improve community health. The American Planning Association’s Plan4Health project features coalitions working on safe routes to school and traffic calming in the following areas: 

o   St. Louis, MO pop-up traffic calming demonstrations

o   Columbus, IN walkability assessment with a safe routes to school component. The Summit County, OH and Columbus, OH coalitions are also working on safe routes to school


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