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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The Policy Scan in 10 Steps
In an effort to systematize policy approaches among various chronic disease and health promotion programs, a policy scan is a tool that could facilitate this process. A policy scan could serve as a planning tool, prevent duplication of efforts and assist with aids to prevent unintended consequences for vulnerable populations and move toward health equity. Developed by a DHPE fellow for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, this tool provides a systemic process to conduct a policy scan. Contact DHPE for more information on how we can provide this for you.

Using Policy Analysis Tools to Prioritize Our Coalition’s Recommendations to Improve Health Equity
DHPE integrates its programs to address health equity. As public health professionals are called upon to develop policies to approach health disparities, structured methods could assist coalitions to policy analysis and setting priorities. This presentation highlights steps and DHPE’s tools employed by a state health department to set priorities to plan and improve birth outcomes. 

RFA Health Equity Language Checklist
DHPE advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus. Through creating credible and authoritative tools, DHPE seeks to build the capacity of state and territorial health agencies to implement strategies to ensure health equity for all. State health agencies are one of the gatekeepers that fund communities to implement programs addressing health disparities. The request for applications (RFA) checklist is a tool that state health agencies or other funders can use to assist with incorporating health equity concepts into their RFAs for health programs.

Community and Clinical Linkages: Patient Engagement Resource Tool
Patient and family engagement is a promising strategy toward improving health equity. An optimal engaged patient-provider relationship could lead to better health care, more efficient care and improved population health. Developed by DHPE fellow for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, this Patient Engagement Resource provides tools in five areas; patient care medical homes, partner with patients, self-care goals, improved patient safety and tools for practice.  This tool can be used to improve community and clinical linkages, empower patients and population health. 

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