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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CDC releases the results of the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)

Monday, August 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
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 CDC data show school districts improve nutrition, activity, and tobacco policies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released results from the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) that show school districts' progress on physical education/physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco policies. Key study findings for 2012 include:

· 93.6% of districts require elementary schools to teach physical education, an increase from 82.6% in 2000.

· 61.6% of districts have a formal agreement, such as a memorandum of agreement or understanding, between the school district and another public or private entity for shared use of school or community property in 2012. Among those districts, more than half had agreements with a local youth organization (e.g., the YMCA, Boys or Girls Clubs, or the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts) or a local parks or recreation department.

· 43.4% of districts require schools to prohibit offering junk foods in vending machines, as compared with 29.8% in 2006.

· 33.5% of districts allowed soft drink companies to advertise soft drinks on school grounds, down from 46.6% in 2006.

· 73.5% of districts have food procurement contracts that address nutritional standards for foods that can be purchased separately from the school breakfast or lunch, an increase from 55.1% in 2006.

· 67.5% of districts have policies that prohibit all tobacco use during any school-related activity as compared with 46.7% percent in 2000.

SHPPS is the largest and most comprehensive survey to assess school health policies that impact children on a daily basis. As a national survey conducted periodically to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, SHPPS assesses the characteristics of eight components of school health:

· health education

· physical education and activity

· health services

· mental health and social services

· nutrition services

· healthy and safe school environment

· faculty and staff health promotion

· family and community involvement

SHPPS was conducted at all levels in 1994, 2000, and 2006. The 2012 study collected data at the state and district levels only. The school- and classroom-level data from SHPPS will be collected in 2014 and released in 2015.

For more information about SHPPS, visit www.cdc.gov/shpps. For information about CDC's efforts to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/ or contact Jennifer Greaser at JGreaser@cdc.gov.

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