DHPE HAS CLOSED OPERATIONS

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: 

http://SystemsChangeForHealth.web.unc.edu 

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 Partner the National Physical Activity Society Releases Walkable Communities Success Stories

Wednesday, October 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Walkable Communities: Eight U.S. Small Towns

The National Physical Activity Society has released the 2nd edition of Stories from Small Towns, which highlights eight U.S. towns that have made changes so people can walk and bike more freely. The stories demonstrate that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America’s thousands of small towns and not just its big cities. The project aims to inspire town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy.

“We want to demonstrate that walking and biking can be a priority in small towns, not just big cities,” said Pam Eidson, executive director of the Society. “These towns have put in sidewalks, trails, and town squares that attract people on foot or two wheels.”

Each one-page community description includes photos and advice to other small towns. Towns must have populations under 25,000 to be included. In this second edition, populations ranged from 1,500 to more than 15,000 people.

The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued a call to “make walking a national priority” and to “design communities that make it safe and easy to walk for people of all ages and abilities.” The health recommendation is to get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. While walking is the most common form of physical activity, health was not usually the primary motivator for these towns. Connecting people to local businesses, pride of place, safe ways to get to school, connection with nature, gathering spots, and even literacy featured in the reasons behind the towns’ efforts.

The National Physical Activity Society is a nonprofit organization supporting public health efforts to promote active communities. Members include state and local public health managers, nonprofits, academics, active transportation designers, and fitness professionals who want to have a broader impact, among others.

Towns featured in the second edition are Eufaula, Alabama; Canton, Connecticut; Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Hebron, Nebraska; Davidson, North Carolina; Molalla, Oregon; Sulphur Springs, Texas; and Soap Lake, Washington. The first edition was released in 2015.

Entire 2nd edition set and individual community stories available at the NPAS web site:

http://physicalactivitysociety.org/stories-from-small-towns/



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