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

New Health Promotion Resources and Sustainability Online Course for Chronic Disease Prevention

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Washington, D.C. -  A new website, available at Partnering4Health.org, logs the lessons learned from a grant-funded community health project that improved the health of more than 20 million people in 94 communities across the United States over the last three years.

Organizers hope the website - which includes a comprehensive report, snapshots of the local community projects, an online training course, an inspiring video story, toolkits, and loads of other materials - will assist other communities to decrease the risks of chronic diseases and improve the public's health.

From 2014 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided five national organizations funding to work with 94 urban, rural, and tribal communities for implementing sustainable changes that support healthy communities and lifestyles.

The website incorporates resources from the project and five national organizations - American Heart Association (AHA),  American Planning Association (APA)National WIC Association (NWA)Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The initiative addressed issues such as exposure to secondhand smoke, access to healthy food and beverages, improved physical activity opportunities, and linking citizens to clinical and community supports.

"With this new website, the lessons learned and investment in the Partnering4Health® project continues even though the grant has ended," said Elaine Auld, CEO of SOPHE. "Other communities can learn from the three-year summary report, access an online sustainability course and toolkit, and adapt the infographics and advertising materials. These resources will help other coalitions get off the ground faster in planning, implementing and evaluating their healthy communities efforts."

nine-part online course allows users to review key elements for sustaining the healthy community movement, by including evidence-based planning approaches to policy, systems and environmental change. The course, which can be completed in 1.5 hours or less, includes engaging videos, interactive activities at the end of each topic, and a course evaluation. 

A companion toolkit, "Partnering4Health® Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Communities: A Toolkit for Supporting Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change Initiatives," provides templates that community organizers can use to develop a sustainable community action plan. 

"We wanted to provide a sustainability course that showcases how organizations can provide ongoing support to sustain health community efforts," said DHPE Consultant LaQueisa Haynes-Smith, MS, MCHES. "We hope that those who are involved in healthy communities' work will take advantage of this engaging eLearning course by completing the course and gaining valuable insight to sustain coalitions and leverage the lessons learned by Partnering4Health communities."

The website includes a searchable database of success stories. For example, if a town wants to create a more walkable community, organizers could search the database for traffic calming, and find project information and links to resources, including a guide on traffic calming.

Infographics and advertising materials on the site can be adapted and used by coalitions to support healthy eating, physical activity, community improvements that support healthier lifestyles, and much more.

Get more information and view the website at Partnering4Health.org

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