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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DHPE 2012 Member Institute – A Virtual Experience

Monday, August 13, 2012   (0 Comments)
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DHPE held its annual Member Institute via virtual meeting this year. We wanted to continue to deliver the business meeting and valuable information sharing to our members regardless of travel budgets and restrictions. Providing this meeting in a virtual environment provided many challenges including:

  • delivering as much of our program as possible online
  • facilitating state sharing – a popular annual meeting activity
  • keeping participants engaged
  • handling the logistics of software, audio and video capabilities
  • keeping costs as low as possible
  • avoiding a registration fee

Lessons learned were invaluable to all of us on the planning committee and for DHPE staff. A small team including Wendy Sahli, DHPE's Director of Information Technology Services, planned to use GoToWebinar as a tool for virtual engagement of participants. The team came up with engaging ideas such as:

  • videos for award acceptance and gavel passing
  • online voting using virtual hand raising
  • questions posted throughout the meeting in a chat box
  • committee reports posted to the website thus having brief summaries presented during the meeting
  • state sharing posted to the blog on DHPE's website

This allowed more time for a keynote speaker during the annual institute. Through the members-only group, members have full access to read reports and state sharing on their own time. It also provides a continuous resource throughout the year and encourages discussion by allowing members to comment online.

Based on this single experience, here are our lessons learned and our recommended best practices.

  • Create a technical agenda and script for all those involved with conducting the institute.This needs to be complete with specific times for what will be shown on screen and detailed directions for speakers.
  • Reduce the number of people who will control of the screen. Fewer transitions mean fewer opportunities for technical difficulties. Except for our keynote speaker, Wendy Sahli handled control of the screens throughout the institute.
  • Conduct practice sessions before the real event. These helped test audio issues and practice transitions.
  • Headsets are important for speakers to avoid reverb of sound.
  • Create a control room. At DHPE, we used a small conference room.
  • Have someone responsible for handling the chat room and question box. This person can deal with technical questions from participants. It frees up the speaker and key technical operator to stay focused.
  • Use all the technological capabilities of the system to keep participants involved.

We have identified some opportunities for improvement and are planning to address these for future events.

  • Improve the quality of the videos if possible.
  • Revise the content of the institute structure by adding another speaker, finding a way for attendees to introduce themselves, putting key points from each committee summary on a slide, considering webcam so that the speaker can be seen by participants, and doing some verbal state sharing.
  • Provide last-minute attendees an easy way to enter.
  • Clarify the use of chat and question boxes.
  • End the institute with a closing sound.

While we would like to continue to hold in-person annual institutes, we feel this was a great alternative. Thank you to all involved in the planning and presentation of this unique event. Your feedback about the virtual institute is valued and encouraged online through the evaluation survey. We look forward to continued discussion through the web forum and documents posted in the members-only group.

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