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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We are thankful the hard work and dedication of our committee members. All members are invited to participate in a DHPE committee. Please contact us if you are interested.


Executive Committee

Exercises all powers and has such authority and responsibilities of the Board when the Board is not in session and cultivates and identifies new leadership within the Association.

Heather Borski (UT), Chair
Vacant, Chair-Elect
Chuck Thayer (WV), Past Chair
Debi Nelson (NC), Secretary
Vacant, Treasurer
Susan Goekler, Executive Director (ex-officio)

Nominating Committee
Conducts the annual nomination process for officers and directors-at-large.

Chuck Thayer (WV), Immediate Past Chair
Margaret Murphy (NH, Voting, Member-At-Large)
Paula Clayton (KS, Voting)
Lavell Thornton (SC, Voting)
Kathy Payne (OK, associate)
Matthew Valliere (LA, associate)
Staff: Susan Goekler

Health Policy Committee

Solicits and prepares resolutions, recommendations and policy position papers, and submits such items to the Board of Directors for appropriate action

Karen Girard (OR), Committee Chair
Heather Borski (UT, ex-officio)
Paula Clayton (KS)
Amanda James (OK)
Michael Jones (MS, associate)
Mary Martinasek (FL, associate)
Debi Nelson (NC)
Sonja Schriever (ID)
Lavell Thornton (SC)
Staff: Susan Goekler, Donna Nichols

Governance Committee
Reviews the bylaws, the policies and procedures of the Association, and the charters and operations of the various committees of the Association and makes recommendations regarding such documents and committees to the Board of Directors.

Victor Sutton (MS), Committee Chair
Luci Longoria (OR)
Patty Moore (TX), board member
Margaret Murphy (NH), board member
Danette Wong Tomiyasu (HI)
Staff: Susan Goekler

Finance and Audit Committee
Coordinates the required audit and review and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on the financial and administrative procedures of the Association.

Fred Breukelman (DE), Committee Chair
Heather Borski (UT, ex-officio)
Shonta Chambers (GA)
Vacant, Treasurer
Jim  McVay (AL)
Staff: Susan Goekler, Roosevelt Dzime-Assison

Membership Committee
Suggests changes to membership recruitment, retention and renewal policies and practices; supports their implementation; recommends criteria for membership; and in collaboration with the Finance and Audit Committee recommends dues structures

Lavell Thornton (SC) - Committee Chair
Claudette Andrea (GA, associate)
Patty Moore (TX)
Lia Baroody (NH)
Shonta Chambers (GA)
Ayesha Smith (NY, associate)
Susan Goekler (ex-officio)
Staff: Doreleena Sammons-Hackett, Rhonda Britton

Annual Conference Planning Committee
Works with Association staff to plan the Association's annual conference, including the annual business meeting. Solicits nominations for DHPE awards, reviews applications and makes recommendations to the DHPE Board for recipients.
Danielle Kenneweg (WA), Committee Chair
Kristen Aird (OR, associate)
Chip Allen (OH, associate)
Kristen Hernandez (LA, associate)
Ericka Johnson (OK, associate)
Mary Martinasek (FL, associate)
Holly Mata (TX, associate)
Staff: Susan Goekler, Doreleena Sammons-Hackett, Rhonda Britton



Health Equity Committee

Provides guidance for addressing health equity at the national level, including identifying initiatives that address social determinants of health and health equity; assists with identifying members and strategic partnerships for DHPE to build and expand its work in health equity; and provides guidance to the Minority Internship/Fellowship Program

Chip Allen (OH), Chair 
Gina DeLuca (RI)
Michael Jones (MS)
Barry Sharp (TX)
Patty Moore (TX)
Margaret Murphy (NH)
Letitia Presley-Cantrell (CDC)
Victor Sutton (MS)
Khosrow Heidari (SC, associate)
Staff: Steve Owens, Liz Traore, Thometta Cozart

School Health Committee
Provides guidance to the three primary initiatives for school health programs: 1.) School Employee Wellness, 2.) Shaping Policy for Health training of state based trainers for school community teams, and 3.) Capacity Building Assistance for states to enact and implement policies which support school health. In addition, works on developing new initiatives that bring DHPE’s perspective to school health programs, including an emphasis on health equity

Helen Weir (AR, chair) 
Linda Krantz (MT, associate)
Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Nancy Berger (CT, associate) 
Gina Deluca (RI)
Rachel Duerr (CO, associate)
Amanda James (OK)
Ericka Johnson (OK, associate)
Mary Martinasek (FL, associate)
Kate Nault (MI)
Staff: Susan Goekler
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