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 Influencing the Systems Change Process
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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

Influencing the Systems Change Process

Timeframe: Two-Days (see sample agenda below)

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

  1. Frame written and spoken messages
  2. Stay on message during interviews
  3. Identify policy and media advocacy strategies
  4. Plan advocacy strategies


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 systems change, however, these professionals need to know how to influence change using a range of skills.

Workshop Description

During this 2-day interactive workshop, participants begin developing advocacy skills.  The workshop will draw from both theory and practitioner expertise to provide concepts, tools, and skill practice.  Participants will learn how to frame and reframe messages, both on paper and in the context of a live conversation or interview.  Participants will be introduced to advocacy strategies and tactics, and will learn to incorporate them into an advocacy plan.

The workshop will rely on multiple learning styles including experiential activities (e.g., role play, small group exercises, individual reflection), as well as PowerPoint slides and written materials.  Emphasis will be on exploring the concepts and practicing techniques.  Facilitators will guide the small group activities and ensure that participants learn from the collective skills and experience present at the training.  

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 advocacy can influence policies and environments.  After learning new concepts and practicing techniques, participants will have increased their advocacy skills – 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 (12 of 12 are advanced-level MCHES).

Session Agenda

Day 1




Registration and Networking

(30 min)


  • Welcome and introductory activities
  • Review agenda and materials

(20 min)

Reflections on Advocacy

  • Personal reflections about the power of advocacy for change

(10 min)


  • Changing policies, environments and systems
  • Competency curricula


Break – 15 min

(80 min)

Education, Advocacy, and Lobbying

  • Definitions
  • Relevance to job and limitations or constraints


LUNCH – 75 min

(40 min)

Case Example

  • Introduce case example for workshop
  • Review results from previous policy and stakeholder analyses

(75 min)

Framing Written and Spoken Messages

  • Use a template to practice framing written messages
  • Use a template to practice framing spoken messages


Break – 15 min

(30 min)

Reframing Messages

  • Learn a method for reframing messages
  • Practice reframing media stories

(50 min)


  • Learn tips for speaking in an interview
  • Practice framing and reframing while being interviewed by a reporter

(15 min)


  • Review and feedback



Day 2




Registration and Networking

(40 min)


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

(30 min)

Advocacy Coalitions

  • Definition, recruitment, membership
  • Debate ethical situations regarding membership

(35 min)

Advocacy in the Context of a Policy-Change Campaign

  • Model of policy-change campaign (5 stages)
  • Description of campaign stages


Break – 15 min

(30 min)

Policy Advocacy Strategies (to directly influence legislation or rules)

  • Choosing policy advocacy goal and strategies for case example
  • Review story of escalating tactics

(40 min)

Media Advocacy Strategies (to indirectly influence legislation or rules)

  • Choosing media advocacy strategies for case example
  • Use template to plan general media story elements
  • Review checklist for preparing media events


LUNCH – 75 min

(90 min)

Develop your Advocacy Plan

  • Use a template to plan an advocacy campaign


Break – 15 min

(40 min)

Develop your Advocacy Plan (continued)

  • Continue using a template to plan an advocacy campaign

(35 min)

Reacting and Responding Strategically

  • Learning to think strategically during changing circumstances

(20 min)


  • Review and Feedback



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