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 Introduction to 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

Introduction to the Systems Change Process

Time frame: 1 day (see sample agenda below)

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

  1. Recognize that a problem definition is socially constructed
  2. Recognize how policy analysis tools can help guide solution development
  3. Identify a range of advocacy strategies and tactics
  4. Identify implementation components
  5. Recognize how message framing is critical to the policy change process
  6. Recognize the utility of a project logic model for evaluation planning

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, however, these professionals need to know how to implement newly enacted policies and procedures.

Workshop Description: This course orients participants to the systems change process, including how a local or state coalition might influence both systems change and implementation.  Through interactive exercises, lecture, and group discussion, participants become familiar with five topics:   1) defining social/health problems; 2) analysis to identify solutions; 3) advocacy to influence the systems change process; 4) implementation of an enacted policy; and 5) evaluation of systems change.

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: directors; 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: The session provides an introduction to the public health Essential Service of developing health-supportive policy.  Participants are introduced to 21 specialized competencies promoted by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE). 

Gateway to Skills-Building: This course provides a gateway to a skills-building workshop series entitled, “Systems Change for Health,” sponsored by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE). The workshop introduces learners to five of the 21 specialized competencies promoted by DHPE (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 4.5 CECH (1.5 of 4.5 are advanced-level MCHES).

Session Agenda




Registration and Networking



  • Welcome and introductory activities
  • Review agenda and materials

Background and Context

  • Changing policies, environments and systems
  • Competency curricula


Assessing and Framing the Problem
Health and social problems need defining and framing to encourage policy solutions. Root causes, evidence and framing in terms of stakeholder values are part of a successful definition.


BREAK (15 minutes)


Analyzing Potential Solutions

  • How to choose among potential solutions to a problem?
  • Stakeholder power analysis highlights acceptability and feasibility of solutions.
  • Policy analysis techniques compare estimated impact across itemized criteria which can help to identify the solution(s) to pursue.


Influencing the Systems Change Process

  • Advocacy techniques are key to influencing the policy process.
  • Successful planning uses both policy and media advocacy strategies/tactics.


LUNCH (60 minutes)



  • Brief orientation to message framing and media.


BREAK (15 minutes)


Implementing Enacted Policies
Once a policy is enacted, a government bureaucracy implements it (e.g., programs, regulations, rules, and budgets).


Evaluating Systems Change Interventions

  • Policy evaluation requires assessment of all campaign stages to provide rapid feedback.
  • Capacity, process and outcome measures are needed.



  • Additional concepts and tools in Skill-Building workshop series.
  • Review and feedback.
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