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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Call for Papers Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities & Challenges for Aging Society

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Call For Papers Special Supplement Issue -
Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society

Guest Editors: Lynda A. Anderson, PhD and Thomas R. Prohaska, PhD

Older people are growing in number faster than any other age group, both nationally and internationally. In 2010, the number of older adults who were aged 65 years or older numbered 40.4 million in the United States (the most recent year for which data are available (AoA, 2011). Globally, by 2015, it is expected that there will be more people over age 65 than young adults aged 15 and younger (United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International, 2012). This transformative demographic shift presents numerous challenges that are well documented as well as many opportunities that are less well examined.

To address the needs of an aging society requires innovative conceptualizations and multidisciplinary approaches to understand the factors associated with healthy aging. Additionally, evidence-based social and behavioral strategies are needed to support and enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults. Moreover, approaches that can improve the health, functioning, and engagement of older adults and enhance intergenerational programs and policies that enrich all of society are crucial.

This special supplement of Health Education & Behavior will be devoted to examining the factors associated with healthy or optimal aging and evidence-based social and behavioral strategies to support or enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults. The Guest Editors invite authors to contribute papers reporting original research as well as comprehensive reviews that are focused on innovative approaches designed to support or enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults.

Health Education & Behavior, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Aging Program in the Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network, and the Society for Public Health Education, encourages authors from across academic disciplines and professional setting to submit manuscripts. Health and aging topic areas of priority interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health equity and aging
  • New ways of conceptualizing healthy aging expanding current theoretical models
  • Methodologies and measures for better understanding the complexities of healthy aging
  • Global perspectives and initiatives on healthy aging pertaining to fostering engagement and independence
  • National, state and local programs and policies with evidence of impact on fostering healthy aging
  • Multidisciplinary and cross-sector approaches to healthy aging for advancing intervention effects
  • Innovative applications of technology to enhance mobility and engagement and independence among older adults
  • Special topics highly relevant to healthy aging, e.g., cognitive and mental health, health literacy, mobility, independence, social engagement, intergenerational studies, and linkages between public health and aging network, community health and primary care.

Categories of Manuscripts

Manuscripts will be considered in the following two categories:

Full Length Original Articles: Full length original articles comprise reports of empirical research and other studies of up to 3,500 words of text (abstract of up to 250 words), plus tables and figures, and references.

Review Articles: Review articles present state-of-the science literature reviews of up to 4,000 words of text (abstract of up to 250 words), plus tables and figures, and references.

Submission Process, Requirements, and Critical Dates

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript must first submit a 250-word abstract describing the manuscript by May 20, 2013, to Debbie Gordon Messer at healthy.aging.heb@gmail.com. In addition to the abstract, please be sure to include all author names, affiliations, and addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. The Guest Editors, in conjunction with an internationally prominent Guest Editorial Board, will review all submitted abstracts by July 10, 2013 and notify the corresponding author within one week whether an abstract submission has been selected. Authors of abstracts of manuscripts that have been selected for development and submission will be invited and expected to submit a full manuscript no later than October 28, 2013.

All abstract should be submitted via healthy.aging.heb@gmail.com.

All manuscripts will undergo peer review by the editors of Health Education & Behavior as well as the guest editors, guest editorial board, and peer reviewers.


  1. United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International. (2012). Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, United Nations Population Fund, New York, and HelpAge International, London. Available at: http://chronicdisease.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f5eb710db3&id=aa8bc29175&e=650a51f39a.
  2. Administration on Aging (2011). A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://chronicdisease.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f5eb710db3&id=b831554388&e=650a51f39a.

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