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. 
School Employee Wellness Awards Program
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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) created an awards program to recognize schools and school districts which demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing school employee wellness programs. The awards program is based on the nine steps for establishing a school employee wellness program, outlined in School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's SchoolsView Webinar

Unfortunately, this program is not currently funded to provide future awards.


Join the School Employee Wellness Group  for discussion and networking

Nine Steps for Establishing a School Employee Wellness (SEW) Program

  1. Obtain administrative support

  2. Identify resources

  3. Identify a leader

  4. Organize a committee

  5. Gather and analyze data

  6. Develop a plan

  7. Implement the plan

  8. Evaluate and adapt the program

  9. Sustain the program


The program includes three different levels of awards:

BRONZE: Developed School Employee Wellness Program Plan
Criteria included:

  • Documented administrative support
  • Completed resource analysis
  • Identified SEW leader and/or committee
  • Completed needs assessment (includes gathering baseline health-related costs to school/school district, and identifying the interests of school employees)
  • Developed SEW plan (includes at minimum a mission statement, goals, measurable objectives, activities to meet objectives, and a budget)

SILVER: Implemented School Employee Wellness Program
Criteria included:

  • Met all Bronze criteria
  • Implemented SEW plan in two health areas identified by the needs assessment

GOLD: Evaluate and Adapt School Employee Wellness Program
Criteria included:

  • Met all of the Bronze and Silver criteria
  • Implemented SEW plan in two additional health areas identified by the needs assessment
  • Evaluated SEW program annually (includes process and outcome)
  • Sustained SEW program for at least two years


A review board was established for each award level that includes three individuals, one of whom would represent a school with an existing school employee wellness program.


Up to three applicants from each award level received special recognition for their efforts that includes grants (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs; banners; a press release to local media outlets; a profile on DHPE's School Employee Wellness web site; the opportunity to present at a national conference; and letters to their State's Governor, Superintendent of Education, and Local Representatives from both DHPE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH). In addition, all applicants who met the criteria listed above for each level of award received recognition that included a letter to their school superintendent and principal from both DHPE and CDC/DASH.

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