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. 
Past Year Member Institutes
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Member Institute 2014 - August 4-5, 2014

Directors of Health Promotion and Education hosted its annual members' meeting on August 4-5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

View the Annual Meeting Re-cap

2014 Award Winners

Presentations & Materials


Member Institute 2013 - Aug 14-16, 2013

Directors of Health Promotion and Education hosted its annual Members' Meeting August 14-16, 2013 in the Minneapolis area.


PHOTOS (members only)

Featured Speakers - read more
Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director, Trust for America's Health
Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Accreditation Board

Twitter feed and instagram from the meeting! 

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Member Institute 2012 - Virtual Meeting

DHPE's Annual Member Institute was conducted through a virtual meeting on August 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time. This new method for an annual meeting required our flexibility and creativity – something we are all using in a time of limited and dwindling resources. Our guest presenter, Nicole Kunko is Chief, Public Policy at Association of State and Territorial Health Officials shared insights about the national health policy scene. In addition, because of its ongoing popularity, we included innovative ways to allow state sharing and awards presentations in this new format.


Member Institute 2011

Thank you to speakers and attendees of the 2011 DHPE MEMBER INSTITUTE, August 8-10, 2011 Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA.

Wednesday and Thursday's component of the DHPE Member Institute had an exciting lineup of speakers and topics, including the following. Presentations available (members-only login required for some) are linked to speaker names below.  DHPE also awarded the first Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Award.

Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH of the US CDC's Office of the Associate Director of Policy, on the recent "The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy”.

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, of the US CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, on "Next Steps in School Health.”

Elaine Arkin, M.S, representing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on the research from a New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health.

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, founding Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland and faculty in its School of Public Health on "From Health Disparities to Health Equity”

Lisa Sockabasin, RN, MPA, Office of Minority Health, Maine CDC and Program Coordinator, Four Directions Summer Research Program, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, on "Health Disparities through a Tribal Lens”.

Donna Nichols, MSed, CHES & Lavell Thornton, MPH, CHES Presentation

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