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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Special Offer: Make SOPHE Your New Professional Home

Monday, August 14, 2017  
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As a public health professional, you understand how critical it is -- now more than ever -- to stay abreast of health policy and system changes that advance health promotion. For 71 years, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) have been working tirelessly to advance health policy and systems changes needed to improve the health of all and to achieve health equity. The membership of DHPE voted earlier this year to dissolve DHPE. Their anticipated closure is December 31, 2017.

As DHPE makes an organizational shift in the coming months, it’s important that you find your future professional home that preserves DHPE’s legacy and advances your future career. We hope that you’ll consider Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) as that home for your professional affiliation.    

Both DHPE and SOPHE have been working side by side for more than two decades to advance policy, system and environmental changes needed to help keep the public healthy.

Building on principles and practices of health promotion and education, DHPE worked to strengthen public health capacity in state and local health departments across the country. They conducted the Systems Change for Health (SCH) courses on policy, systems and environmental change through over 300 trainings in 43 states to over 7,600 participants, including CDC Project Officers. These courses align with the core functions and 10 essential services of public health, and cover 21 competencies that public health practitioners need to effectively implement systems change. As an approved provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH), Category I in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), these courses offer between 11.5 CECH (11 of 11.5 are advanced-level MCHES) and 12 CECH (12 of 12 are advanced-level MCHES). These courses enabled so many of you to have a dedicated avenue for maintaining your credentialing.

We do not want you to miss any future training offerings and opportunities to communicate with your peers in health promotion and health education. Therefore, DHPE supports and encourages you to become a member of SOPHE.

SOPHE represents more than 4,000 health education professionals and students in the United States and 25 international countries who work in schools, universities, voluntary organizations, healthcare settings, and in local, state and federal agencies. The Society is the only independent voice for advancing health promotion policy, research and practice, and sponsors an annual Health Education Advocacy Summit.

Member benefits include:

We feel so strongly that we want to unite the expertise of DHPE and  SOPHE members that SOPHE is offering an even greater discount on its regular new member price. Use the code DHPE2017 when you join and save 15%.

Thank you for your tireless efforts to advance the public’s health. Together, we can achieve even greater heights.


Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES
Chief Executive Officer, SOPHE

Doreleena Sammons Hackett, SM
Executive Director, DHPE

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