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

It's National Farmers’ Market Week

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  
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We are excited to kick off National Farmers’ Market Week - August 6-12, 2017!

In celebration, DHPE produced three #Choose2BHealthy public service announcements (PSAs) about the WIC’s Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.  To produce these videos, DHPE worked with Crescent City WIC Services to shoot video of farmers’ markets in rural Louisiana and interviewed Ben & Ben Becnels farmers, Audubon Nature Institute program partners and Crescent City WIC staff to share the story of the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  The result is three PSA videos of various lengths that emphasize different aspects of WICs Farmers Market Program.  All three PSAs may be found here: http://bit.ly/DHPEyoutube or at the individual video links below.

  • Eat Right – Long Life #Choose2BHealthy PSA, 60 seconds

This PSA informs the public that their local WIC program can give expectant and mothers of young children access to fresh fruits & vegetables, which is also important to chronic disease prevention. The video promotes the use of local farmers’ markets as a means to support the local economy by keeping the money within the community.

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/zTgHLRhWrZc   or  http://bit.ly/2qIsMYi 


  • Eat Right – Long Life #Choose2BHealthy PSA, 1 minute, 45 sec.

This slightly longer version of the PSA places an emphasis on WIC nutrition education programs and introducing children to healthy eating in order to protect them from childhood obesity and developing chronic diseases later in life.YouTube:  https://youtu.be/TJd6DnwIegU   or  http://bit.ly/2rsSnFH


  • WIC Farmers Market Coupons #Choose2BHealthy PSA, 3 minutes

         This PSA is a best practices example of the community partnership between           the Crescent City WIC, Ben & Ben Becnel’s Farmers Market, and the                    Audubon Nature Institute. Through multiple interviews, we see the                      motivation and means by which the partners cross-pollinate their audiences          to help each other grow. YouTube:  https://youtu.be/s4b2-6lFC-I  or            http://bit.ly/2sxyOvc 


As a member of the Partnering4Health community, we are also part of the national movement to improve access to healthy, sustainably grown food. Farmers’ markets are much more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers.

According to the Farmers’ Market Coalition, Farmers’ Markets:

Here are a few ways to take action and to make the connection between your work and National Farmers’ Market Week:

  • Spread the word about National Farmers’ Market Week using social media. You can use the hash tag #FarmersMarketWeek along with the #Partnering4Health hash tag.
  • Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week with a special event at a local market and invite your local leaders! A simple invitation can put a visit to your community market on their calendar and may lead to local media outlets stopping by for a news story!

Together we can help ensure that all communities have access to healthy, fresh produce! 

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