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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Former DHPE Intern - Miss Black Maryland USA 2012 with a Health Platform

Friday, June 22, 2012   (0 Comments)
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from Ebony Andrews:

As the reigning Miss Black Maryland USA 2012, I have been granted an amazing opportunity that will not only enable me to further to grow personally but continue my professional development. As a 25 year old recent graduate that are not many arenas that encourage and support young women of color to pursue platforms based on their own genuine interest. However, the Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation is allowing me to just that. As a young public health professional that is passionate about community health, I have found a role that enables me to make great use of my knowledge, training and passion through planning and supporting health focused programs within my community and the state of Maryland. Through consistently and diligently working to promote my platform "Health Starts at Home: Working to revitalize health by bringing advocacy, education and support to our communities," I have been fortunate to work with numerous community organizations, non-profits, national campaigns and the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene around various health and wellness initiatives. These experiences have truly allowed me to promote the same principles of health education and health promotion that I learned as a Master of Public Health student at Morehouse School of Medicine and an intern of the Directors of Health Education and Health Promotion Program. This work has served as an incredible reminder of the value of my past experiences that continuously placed me in various settings, working in partnerships with community residents, stakeholder and advocates around real health issues. As, I continue to work around the critical issues of public health, especially health disparities and social determinants of health, I have the luxury of knowing that I have not only been thoroughly prepared to conduct this work but, I also still have the support of the mentors that created such amazing opportunities for me in the past, the directors and staff of DHPE.

To learn more about my work as Miss Black Maryland USA 2012, please visit www.ebonyandrews.com. To support my journey and my platform please visit, www.gofundme.com/MissBlackMD2012 to make a donation.

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