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 Evaluating Systems Change Interventions
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Systems Change for Health Training Courses

 Introduction to the Policy 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

Evaluating Systems Change Interventions

Timeframe: Two-Days

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

  1. Define “evaluation” and distinguish it from “research”
  2. Use a logic model to plan an evaluation
  3. Identify evaluation questions  for a policy change project
  4. Identify an evaluation design for a policy change project
  5. Identify evaluation indicators for a policy change project

Background: 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 report on policy change efforts, professionals need to know how to design an evaluation that is appropriate for their policy context.

Workshop Description: During this 2-day interactive workshop, participants learn to plan an evaluation of a systems change project.  The workshop will draw from both theory and practitioner expertise to provide concepts, tools, and skill practice.  Participants will learn about evaluation designs and methods; review examples of policy interventions needing evaluation; critically review and help plan for the evaluation design of a 2-phase case example including developing evaluation questions and selecting evaluation indicators; and explore how policy evaluation has evolved over the past 30 years.

The workshop will rely on multiple learning styles including experiential activities (e.g., small group exercises, individual reading, large group discussions and reviews), 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; key partners collaborating on environmental or systems change initiatives; and, for evaluation staff from both public health agencies and other partner agencies or groups.

Relevance and Usefulness: Participants will gain a better understanding of how to evaluate policy and environmental change campaigns.  After learning new concepts and practicing techniques, participants will have enhanced their systems evaluation skills – an important step in the public health Essential Service of developing health-supportive policy.  The workshop introduces learners to three 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 11.5 CECH (11 of 11.5 are advanced-level MCHES).

Session Agenda

                                                                                   Day 1



(30 min)


  • Welcome and introductory activities

(30 min)


  • Changing policies, environments and systems;  a competency curricula

(20 min)

What is Evaluation?

  • Evaluation definition, context, and comparison to research



(25 min)

Policy Projects (Description and Evaluation Need)

  • Case stories of policy interventions with evaluation needs

(20 min)

Your Evaluation Project

  • Identify evaluation needs for your own project

(15 min)

Evaluation Framework

  • Standards, steps, and CDC framework for evaluation

(15 min)

Policy Project (Intervention)

  • Putting the project into the larger policy context

(15 min)

Policy Project Logic Model

  • Considering a template logic model for Systems Change for Health



(60 min)

Evaluation Design

  • Evaluation purpose, types, and causal inference potential



(45 min)

Evaluation Design (continued)

  • Threats to internal validity and evaluation designs

(15 min)

Evaluation Questions

  • Developing evaluation questions

(20 min)

Evaluation Indicators

  • Selecting evaluation indicators

(25 min)

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Selecting methods for data collection and analysis

(10 min)


  • Review and feedback



                                                                                Day 2



(45 min)


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

(30 min)

Policy Evaluations (Need and Design)

  • Orientation to the evaluation designs of policy intervention case stories



(45 min)

CASE:  Phase 1 (The Policy Project)

  • Reviewing information about a pilot policy intervention

(45 min)

CASE:  Phase 1 (Planning the Evaluation)

  • Planning the formative evaluation using a template



(20 min)

CASE:  Phase 2 (The Policy Project)

  • Reviewing information about the expanding policy intervention

(55 min)

CASE:  Phase 2 (Planning the Evaluation)

  • Planning the summative evaluation using a template



(45 min)

Policy Projects and Evaluation Approaches

  • General evolution of policy project evaluations

(30 min)

Your Evaluation Project

  • Address the evaluation needs for your own project

(20 min)

Evaluation Steps and Ethical Issues

  • Review evaluation steps and discuss ethical concerns

(10 min)


  • Review and Feedback



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