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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Two Former DHPE Interns Presenting Posters at APHA

Thursday, June 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Congratulations to two of our former interns whose abstracts were selected for Poster presentations during the 140th APHA Annual Meeting (October 27 - October 31, 2012) in San Francisco, CA. Their abstracts were selected from a large number of excellent and high quality submittals. - Learn more about DHPE's Internship Program

Oluwakemi Oluwatuyi Babalola, MBBS MPH, is from Jackson State University. She interned with the Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC) in spring of 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. Tonel Obene, Epidemiologist and Evaluator. Her abstract is entitled "Association between teenage pregnancy occurrence and parent-adolescent daughter communication dynamics." She worked worked on a mini - project during her internship on the social demographic factors associated with teenage pregnancy in the Mississippi Delta and the results are the basis of her abstract.

Background: Teenage pregnancy rates in the United States exceed those in most developed countries. Mississippi, where this study took place, has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the nation. Determinants of teenage pregnancy should be extensively studied, including the effects of family communication dynamics on pregnancy occurrence. Purpose of study: This study is to determine the association between teenage pregnancy occurrence and parent-adolescent daughter communication dynamics. Methods: A questionnaire was administered to 75 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 living in Bolivar County of the Mississippi Delta. Only females who lived in the County while they were teenagers were recruited. The questionnaire collected data on pregnancy occurrence and family relationship of participants between the ages of 13 and 19. Data was analyzed using chi square and logistic regression analysis. Results: Most of the participants were African Americans (97.30%) and had income of less than $20,000 (81.10%). 88.00% of the participants were found to be single. Only 14.70% and 5.30% had college and post graduate level education respectively. Living in the same house with father reduced the odds of getting pregnant slightly (OR; 0.17). Teenagers who discussed important issues with father were less likely to get pregnant (OR; 8.54). Teenagers who discussed sex related issues with mother were more likely to get pregnant (OR; 2.50). Conclusion: The study demonstrates an association between family relationships especially parent-adolescent daughter communication on pregnancy occurrence. The study results provide direction for further research and teenage pregnancy prevention programs.

Dauda Fadeyi, MPH, from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Mr. Fadeyi interned with the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association Inc. (PCIA) under the mentorship of LaShawn Hoffman, Director of PCIA. His abstract is entitled "Physical Activity Participation among African American Students: Understanding the Role of Beliefs and Attitudes." He is presently working with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Office, Southwest Public Health District 8-2, in Albany, GA.

Background: Physical inactivity is one of the most significant health challenges in the US today, as it leads to adverse health outcomes such as: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, early mortality, etc. The CDC recommends that adults engage in at least thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (PA), five days a week. Roughly 39% of African Americans do not meet the recommended level of physical activity, and 25% are completely sedentary. Purpose: To identify the negative and positive perceptions of African American college students in association with reported PA levels. The Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) guided this exploratory study, namely: behavioral intent, attitudes, normative and behavior control beliefs related to PA. Methods: Utilized a cross-sectional, 30-item questionnaire, analyzed with SPSS. Study participants (N=140) were recruited from several sites in the Florida A&M University Campus, a historically Black university (HBCU). Results: 77.9% of the study population did not meet the recommended level of PA, although activity levels did not differ significantly between genders. Positive attitudes, supportive normative beliefs, and positive perceived behavioral control were all associated with PA intent level, as were age and classification. Most participants were unaware of PA recommendations. Conclusions: For this sample of African Americans, the critical period of time where college students' PA levels drop was identified. Findings regarding role models, campus v. non-campus residence, classification, and types of preferred activity can shape much needed culturally competent interventions, messages and research that focus on African American college students.

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