DHPE HAS CLOSED OPERATIONS

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: 

http://SystemsChangeForHealth.web.unc.edu 

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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  1. When are internships offered and how do I apply for an internship position?

  2. Who is eligible to participate in the internship program?

  3. If my school is not a minority serving institution, may I still apply for an internship?

  4. What happens after I submit my application?

  5. Should I call or email DHPE to follow up on my application?

  6. How will I know that DHPE has received my references?

  7. May my recommender submit recommendations by email or postal mail?

  8. Why haven’t I heard back from DHPE after submitting my application online?

  9. May I update my profile after I have submitted my application?

  10. If I am not selected for an internship, do I need do submit a new application for another internship position?

  11. May I participate in the internship program after I have graduated from my academic program?

  12. How does DHPE determine compensation?

  13. What types of benefits do interns receive?

  14. Is housing provided as part of the internship?

  15. Can I get academic credit for the internship?

  16. Who will be my supervisor?


CONTACT US IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS


Please use the online contact form. We appreciate your submissions via the form vs. calling us so as to provide quicker response to your questions. We can access questions submitted this way remotely, providing quicker response time.


#1. When are internships offered and how do I apply for an internship position?

DHPE offers internships for the fall, spring, and summer. Please read the internship announcement completelyfor details about the internship application process. Visit, https://dhpe.site-ym.com/?page=Interns_About , create an account within the internship management system and follow the 4 steps.

#2. Who is eligible to participate in the internship program?

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a minority-serving institution of higher education at the undergraduate or masters level and be in good academic standing at their institution. International students may participate in the internship program if they submit a student visa with the application materials.

#3. If my school is not a minority serving institution, may I still apply for an internship?

No. Only students enrolled in a minority serving institution of higher education are eligible to participate in the internship program. For a listing of minority serving institutions of higher education, visit the US Department of Education at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html

#4. What happens after I submit my application?

Once the application period closes for a specific internship, our selection team reviews all application materials and refers the applicants who most closely met the criteria for the internship scope of work to the internship preceptor. That preceptor will review the referred applicants and select individuals for interview. DHPE will contact all individuals selected by the preceptor to arrange interviews. Once interviews are complete, DHPE will notify the finalist(s) of their selection. DHPE will notify all applicants that a preceptor decision has been made.

#5. Should I call or email DHPE to follow up on my application?

It is not necessary to call or email to follow up as long as you received a confirmation email from DHPE’s online internship management system acknowledging receipt of your application materials (this email is automatically generated by the internship management system).

To receive email updates on the internships for which you have applied, include info@dhpe.org on your email’s safe list to ensure that your spam filter does not filter out DHPE’s messages. If you do not receive an email update from us after changing your settings, you may contact us at info@dhpe.org to inquire about the status of your application.

#6. How will I know that DHPE has received my references?

The internship management system automatically generates emails when references are submitted.

#7. May my recommender submit recommendations by email or postal mail?

DHPE encourages all application materials to be submitted through the internship management information system. If your recommender is unable to submit a letter through the management system, an email letter of recommendation may be sent to info@dhpe.org

#8. Why haven’t I heard back from DHPE after submitting my application online?

DHPE’s information management system sends all applicants two emails during an internship’s recruitment period: (1) confirmation of online applications when they are submitted and (2) final outcome of applications. Those who are selected for interviews, reference checks, and other steps in the selection process will receive additional communications from the program. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not possible to individually update every applicant of their application status.

#9. May I update my profile after I have submitted my application?

Yes. You are still able to change items in your profile even after the application period closed. Just login on the main web page and click "profile.”

#10. If I am not selected for an internship, do I need do submit a new application for another internship position?

Yes.

#11. May I participate in the internship program after I have graduated from my academic program?

No. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a minority-serving institution of higher education.

#12. How does DHPE determine compensation?

DHPE established a fixed wage for each internship level. Undergraduate interns are paid $12/hour and graduate students are paid $15/hour. Interns may work up to 40 hours/week during the 12 week internship session. The maximum amount of paid hours during an internship session is 480 hours.

#13. What types of benefits do interns receive?

Interns are not employees of DHPE and do not receive any mandatory or discretionary benefits.

#14. Is housing provided as part of the internship?

Housing is not provided.

#15. Can I get academic credit for the internship?

That is a decision of your school. Many will grant academic credit for the internship. You must ask at your school. If needed, DHPE can submit letters or sign memoranda of understanding with an academic institution.

#16. Who will be my supervisor?

A DHPE staff member will supervise all interns for the program. On site, interns will have a preceptor who will guide day-to-day activities as outlined in the internship description. Interns are expected to participate in the activities at their placement site as well as the DHPE internship program-wide activities.


CONTACT US IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS


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