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

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March and Contribute to the Nutrition Twitter Chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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--National Nutrition Month Twitter Chat at 1:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 23rd--

WASHINGTON, DC – One out of three adults and nearly one out of six children are overweight or obese. March is National Nutrition Month® which offers an opportunity for Americans to jump start eating nutritiously, says the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE).

National Nutrition Month® presents an opportunity for everyone to learn more about nutrition and try new and healthy foods. DHPE, along with partners the National WIC Association and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), will host a national twitter chat in observance of National Nutrition Month entitled #Choose2BHealthy Twitter Chat at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The Twitter Chat will highlight how local communities have increased nutrition education and improved access to nutritious foods nationwide. Featured Tweeters during the event are:

• Brigitte Johnson, Health Communications & Technology Manager, Society for Public Health Education @SOPHETweets
• Mary Schultheis, Executive Director, Crescent City WIC @ccwicpic
• Judy Fowler, RD, WIC Programs & Community Gardens Manager, Tri-County Health Department @TCHDHealth #Partnering4Health
• Moderator Cheryl Welbeck, Project Director, Directors of Health Promotion and Education @DHPETweets

Nutritional topics to be discussed during the Twitter Chat will include:

• shopping tips and resources that make healthy eating affordable;
• food deserts;
• the benefits of WIC;
• culturally-based changes in food preparation; and
• nutrition as a preventive tool for chronic disease.

Highlighted hashtags are: #NNM #Choose2BHealthy #Partnering4Health #gr8rwithwic

Use the official hashtag, #Choose2BHealthy, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying during the Twitter Chat Event at 1 pm EST on March 23rd. The Nutrition Month Facebook Page #Choose2BHealthy Twitter Chat Facebook Event Page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1698879153744261/. Please click on “Attending” and Share the event to your organization’s Facebook page as well.

DHPE is a partner in the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention nationwide project. There are 97 funded projects in communities across the nation assisting people and communities in living healthier lives, such as establishing farmers’ markets in local communities to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. For media inquiries, call Leris Bernard, LGB Productions, 202.234-0312 or email leris@lgbproductions.com.

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