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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Today is National Eating Healthy Day

Wednesday, November 5, 2014   (0 Comments)
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From the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

A healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy and staying active. Proper nutrition and physical activity help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risks for heart attacks and stroke. You can start today with the AHA National Eating Healthy Day, support efforts to not gain weight during the holidays, and establish a continued lifestyle of healthy foods and physical activities for a strong heart and brain. 

National Eating Healthy Day is a day to eat healthy, get active, and kick off healthy lifestyles in your home, work, or community. Created by the American Heart Association, National Eating Healthy Day encourages individuals to make small, healthy changes and to raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. 
AHA Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations include knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Next, eat a variety of nutritious foods from a variety of food groups, followed by eating less nutrient-poor foods. Then, watch your food choices to include those with lower cholesterol, reduced fat, little or no salt, and less sugar. Finally, don’t smoke tobacco and avoid second-hand smoke.
Please join the National Forum, American Heart Association, Million Hearts, its partners, individuals, and organizations throughout the United States today in raising awareness on the importance of eating healthy and reducing sodium consumption. National Eating Healthy Day presents an opportunity for families, schools, and communities throughout the United States to make a pledge and come together to take steps toward living a healthier life.
The American Heart Association produced a free toolkit for anyone interested in hosting a National Eating Healthy Day event in your school, workplace, or community. The toolkit includes resources, guides, tips, and promotional materials to support your National Eating Healthy Day event. The American Heart Association also produced a Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit created to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health. It provides practical action steps and suggestions that are easy to understand and apply, such as programs and tools for increasing physical activity. Employers can:

  1. Become a Fit-Friendly Worksite.
  2. Implement Walking Program for employees at work.
  3. Enroll your company into the Heart Walk.
  4. Enroll your company in the Activity Tracker and have a worksite wellness challenge.

Register your organization by making a pledge today! 

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