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 Acknowledgement & Support
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Development of the Systems Change for Health competency-based policy curriculum was partially supported through Cooperative Agreement #5U58DP325029 between the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (with funding provided through the Division of Adult and Community Health, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Office of Smoking and Health) and the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention.

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education gratefully acknowledges development of the curriculum by the University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, and specifically James Emery, MPH and Carolyn Crump, PhD, under contract and in collaboration with DHPE.

Systems Change for Health and DHPE's other health policy and environmental change resources were initiated through a vision shared by many people. The idea was originally conceptualized and funded in October 2000 by Terrie Sterling, PhD in her capacity as Branch Chief, Division of Adult and Community Health.

Systems Change for Health has been guided by the time and talents of a curriculum advisory committee representing a distinguished cadre of national, state and local public health promotion practitioners, and many DHPE members, staff and contractors included in this list are: Curriculum Advisory Committee Chairs: Neil Hann, MPH, CHES and Nancy Berger, MPH; and Committee Members: Ellen Boyce, MPH; Charlotte Burke, MS, RD; Linda Chasson, MS; Joyce Dantzler, MS, CHES; Karen DeLeeuw, MSW; Shannon Michael, MPH; Gayle Payne, PhD, MS; Anu Pejavara, MPH; Lori Stegmier, MA, CHES; Margaret Tate, MS, RD; Cathy Wendholt-McDade; and DHPE staff: Donna Nichols, MSEd, CHES; Rose Marie Matulionis, MSPH; and Pam Eidson, MEd. We also thank many other federal and state representatives who gave of their time and talents to pilot test, advise, review and/or critique this work and are too many to mention here. To all those who have shaped this work we say thanks. And to all those who use this work to improve public health, we say bravo!

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