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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  Advocating For Public Health Where It Counts

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) along with other partner organizations and organizational members of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) descended enthusiastically upon Capitol Hill for the 15th Annual Health Education Advocacy (HEA) Summit in Washington, DC on March 3-5, 2012.

The CNHEO sponsors the annual Summit. The CNHEO is a non-profit 501© (3) federation of eight national organizations, with a primary mission to mobilize and expand the reach and resources of the Health Education Profession in all settings.

The 2012 HEA Summit was sponsored by: the American College Health Association, American Association for Health Education, American Public Health Association (Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section), Directors of Health Promotion andEducation, Society for Public Health Education, Eta Sigma Gamma, Association of Accredited Public Health Programs, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

The Summit provides both first-time and veteran advocates opportunities to obtain primary, intermediate and advanced advocacy skills and intensive training on core advocacy issues. A key focus area was learning how to better develop and deliver effective messaging. There were over 220 participants including public health organizational leaders, faculty, practitioners, and students.

Lavell Thornton (SC), DHPE Advocacy Committee Chair and Debi Nelson (NC), DHPE Advocacy Committee member represented DHPE as well as DHPE staff Doreleena Posey, Policy Training Director, and Aryka Chapman, School Health Manager. DHPE Board Member Karen D. Goldman (NY) was also in attendance with New York public health graduate students. Lavell also serves as a member of the Summit Planning Committee. Doreleena represented DHPE at the CNHEO Leaders' Meeting, which focused on opportunities for third-party reimbursement for Health Education.

Lavell and Aryka presented a break out session to over 40 attendees titled: Advocacy 201: After Your Visit, Will They Remember You? Using school health successes for examples, the session provided an overview of strategies to maximize the impact of advocacy efforts. HEA Summit presentations included topics such as Incorporating Advocacy in Professional Preparation, Effective Use of Social Media, and Challenges and Opportunities in the 112th Congress.

The Summit culminated with an estimated 110 congressional visits with key Senate and House Committee members, state legislators, and /or their legislative staff. The purpose of the visits was to gain support and commitment for the following CNHEO priority 2013 appropriations and legislative issues:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind)
  • CDC Preventive and Health Services Block Grant (Maintain funding flexibility to the states/territories)
  • Affordable Care Act-Prevention and Public Health Fund (Maintain funding for prevention and health promotion)
  • CDC Community Transformation Grants (Fund at recommended levels to empower communities and reduce chronic diseases and racial/ethnic health disparities)

The Summit provides a rare opportunity for partner organizations to come together and collectively advocate for important public health legislation and appropriations. Policy makers heard through use of state and local economic data and personal stories about devastating impacts of funding cuts to our nation's health. All priority appropriation issues identified above are also advocacy issues for DHPE as well.

The annual Summit is coordinated and hosted by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). For more information about the CNHEO Health Education Advocate Awards, legislative fact sheets, and the Summit proceedings/resources, go to the following websites: www.healtheducationadvocate.org or https://dhpe.site-ym.com/group/healthpolicy.

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