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

Prevent heart attacks and stroke by knowing your A-B-C-S

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  
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Prevent heart attacks and stroke by knowing your A-B-C-S

August means it’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school. It’s also a good time for parents, grandparents and other adults to check in on their health. While the kids are learning their ABCs, adults can brush up on the ABCS of blood disease and stroke prevention:

·        “A” stands for taking Asprin when appropriate.

·        “B” stands for Blood Pressure control. Do you know your numbers? Make sure to check them regularly and stay on top of your blood pressure.

·        “C” stands for managing your Cholesterol by eating heart healthy foods. Stay away from high sodium and processed foods.

·        “S” stands for Smoking Cessation. Smoking increases you risk of heart disease and stroke. Quitting smoking or not smoking in the first place are the best ways to boost your health.

While the ABCS are the building blocks of education, the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention are the building blocks of good health. So, while the kids are shopping for pencils and new backpacks, be sure to get out and shop for heart healthy foods. And while the kids try out for new sports, adults should be thinking about how to get in the 30 minutes a day of recommended exercise.

Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today. They account for more than 800,000 deaths each year – that’s 1 in every 3 deaths.

The good news is that you don’t have to become a statistic. Talk to your doctor or other health care providers about how you can stay heart healthy. Ask them about the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention.

Doctors and health care providers, talk to your adult patients about who they can keep from becoming a statistic. Ask them if they know about the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention.


Million Hearts® 2022 Partner Resources

American College of Preventative Medicine

Asprin Talks


American Heart Association

Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention

Asprin and Heart Disease

Help Quitting Smoking


American Heart Association and American College of Cardiologists

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention 


American Medical Association

Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke through M.A.P. 


American Pharmacists Association

Your Pharmacist and You: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease  


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Iowa Case Study on Promoting the ABCS of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 

New York Case Study on Improving the ABCS of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


Cardio Smart: American College of Cardiology

Resources for Heart Disease Prevention


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Educational Materials for Patients

Educational Materials for Professionals


The Community Guide

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control


Million Hearts® 2022

Clinical Quality Measures

Fact Sheets for Providers


Physical Activity

Tobacco Use


National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

ABCS Expert Directory


Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

The Heart Healthy Toolbox 



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