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. 
Systems Change for Health Analyzing Potential Solutions
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Systems Change Health Training Courses

Introduction to the Systems Change Process

  1. Assessing and Framing the Problem
  2. Analyzing Potential Solutions
  3. Influencing the Systems Change Process
  4. Implementing Enacted Policies
  5. Evaluating Systems Change Interventions

Online Attendee Group

Analyzing Potential Solutions

Timeframe: Two-Days (see sample agenda below)

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Construct and use a stakeholder power analysis
  2. Develop feasibility and impact criteria
  3. Construct and use an impact analysis
  4. Synthesize the results to formulate a decision
  5. Describe how to structure a policy brief


Public health professionals are increasingly working on systems and environmental solutions to health problems.  For example, local or state organizations may plan to reduce childhood obesity by changing school district policies related to physical activity and nutrition.  To effectively work on policy change, these professionals need to know how to analyze and compare possible solutions.  

Workshop Description

During this 2-day, interactive workshop, participants begin developing skills for analyzing (comparing) and selecting policy/environmental solutions to pursue.  The workshop begins by introducing the need for policy analysis and its relationship to socio-political values.  Participants learn about the policy process and how to sequence analysis with windows of opportunity for influencing policy agendas.  Stakeholder perspectives are introduced in a simulated role-play experience and information is recorded in a log.  Participants use a stakeholder power analysis and an impact analysis, and combine the results to inform the decision-making process.  The workshop concludes with an analysis of sample policy briefs.

The workshop will rely on multiple learning styles including experiential activities (e.g., case example, small group exercises, individual reflection), as well as PowerPoint slides and written materials.  Facilitators guide the learning activities and provide background lecture for new concepts and methods.  Emphasis will be on exploring the concepts, practicing techniques, and learning from the participants’ collective skills and experience.  

Target Audience

Public health professionals from state and local agencies including:  division managers; health promotion, health education and environmental health staff; clinical staff managing non-clinical programs; and key partners collaborating on policy, environmental, or systems change initiatives.

Relevance and Usefulness

Participants will gain a better understanding of how political solutions can be developed to address public health problems.  After learning new concepts and practicing techniques, participants will have increased their skill in policy analysis – an important step in the public health Essential Service of developing health-supportive policy.  The workshop introduces learners to six of the 21 specialized competencies promoted by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (www.dhpe.org), and provides information relevant to the CHES competency on advocacy. DHPE is approved as a provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH), Category I in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). This course is approved for 12 CECH (11 of 12 are advanced-level MCHES).


Session Agenda


                                                 Day 1




Registration and Networking

(40 min)

• Welcome and introductory activities
• Review agenda and materials

(20 min)

Background and context
• Changing policies, environments and systems
• Competency curricula

(30 min)

What is policy analysis?
• Public health is political

(15 min)


(30 min)

What is policy analysis? (continued)
• Political context for solutions to problems
• Definition, models, and tools

(45 min)

• Conflicting values in America
• Four key values
• Articulating your values

(75 min)


(120 min)

Policy process
• Introduction to policy process and policy agendas
• Timing and windows of opportunity

  • Application to current issues on the job

(15 min)


(60 min)

• Role-play using case information
• Using a stakeholder log to record issue-position and power

(15 min)

• Review
• Feedback




                                             Day 2




Registration and Networking

(60 min)

• Review from Day 1
• Review agenda and materials for Day 2

(10 min)

Possible solutions
• Generate list of solutions and select for analysis

(50 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 1. Stakeholder Power Analysis)
• Introduction to using Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

(15 min)


(50 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 2.  Impact Analysis)
• Introduction to decision criteria

  • Orientation to impact analysis matrix, goal weights, and impact categories

(75 min)


(75 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 2.  Impact Analysis) - continued
• Recording impact data
• Overview of economic analysis methods

(15 min)


(30 min)

Making the decision
• Summarizing results and making decisions
• Interpreting the results

(45 min)

Policy brief
• Outlining a policy brief
• Critically review sample policy briefs

(25 min)

• Review
• Feedback 



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