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. 
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How do I join the online community?
Welcome! Select REGISTER in the upper right. Select the member type you’d like. DHPE memberships provide members-only benefits. We also have limited access with a Community Non-member type. Continue through the forms to create your profile.


How do I log in if I’m a current DHPE Member?
Your initial login will be emailed to you by DHPE. After you log in, you need to change your username and password to suit your needs and security under MANAGE PROFILE - EDIT BIO.

What is the first thing I should do when I log into the website the first time?
The first time you log in you will be taken to the MEMBER PREFERENCES page where you can manage several settings within the site. Once this is completed, you should check that all your profile information is complete and accurate. Explore the tools within your profile under MANAGE PROFILE.

How often will I need to update my profile?
Update your profile anytime your contact or other information changes under MANAGE PROFILE - EDIT BIO.

What are some of the features of the new website?
Note: Tips and extended instructions on features can be found in the How to use the Web Site blog

On the left side of the screen is the main navigation for the website and within the navigation, new networking tools and groups are available throughout. On the right side of the screen, once you are logged in as a member, under MANAGE PROFILE you will see all of the features available.

Profile Home: this will take you to your personal home page, which will show your public profile, your message wall and your public bio.

Mange profile: This is where you can edit your profile, including your username and password. You can also edit your profile options, including what elements of your profile are viewable by the rest of the community.

Groups: This page will list the groups you are a member of and the ones you can join.

Networks: Share other networks you participate in such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, or Twitter

Files and Links: Upload documents and links to share

Favorites: Bookmark your favorite pages throughout the site. Add to the list by selecting star in the upper-right hand of a page you want to add.

Messages: Message and receive messages from community members.

Connections: Create a connection other member profiles.

Certifications: List your certifications.

Refer a Colleague: Know someone who should be part of the community

How do I renew my DHPE membership?
Click on REGISTER at the top right hand side of the screen. If your membership has expired, you will be prompted to renew when you try to log in.

How do I get help if I need it?
You can click on the Contact Us button in the upper right hand side of the screen or email us.  We also welcome phone calls at 202-659-2230 but in order to best serve your needs, we can triage your question for quicker response off-hours by using the Contact Us.  We will respond within 72 business hours.

Opting Out of Receiving Communications and Being Listed in the Member Directory

DHPE gives users the following options for removing their information from our online member directory or to discontinue receiving future communications.

1. When creating or updating an online profile.

2. Select the automatic remove-me or unsubscribe option in any emails sent by DHPE.

3. Send email to info@dhpe.org

4. Send mail or fax to:

Directors of Health Promotion and Education
15501 18th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-478-0884

5. Call the following telephone number: 202-659-2230.


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