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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Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 18, 2013
ChangeLab Solutions has released a new resource,
Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities


"Using policy to make bicycling part of daily life is a win for everyone, as individuals become active and healthy, neighborhoods grow more vibrant and sustainable, and local economies and the environment benefit."

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ChangeLab Solutions

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 13, 2013

ChangeLab Solutions released an updated version of our tobacco retailer licensing model ordinance and supplementary "plug-ins,” which provide a range of customizable policy options. This model ordinance helps cities and counties that want to require local tobacco retailer licensing. Licenses are one way to ensure compliance with local business standards, to reduce youth access to tobacco, and to limit the negative public health effects associated with tobacco use.

ChangeLab Solutions also released a model ordinance to help cities and counties limit exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit residences such as apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior housing, and single resident occupancy hotels. Communities with rent control laws will be particularly interested in new plug-in designed to protect existing tenants.

Fruitful Collaboration is written for anyone involved in the development or implementation of a healthy food retailer program. You can also download the background paper, Can the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Support Efforts to Bring Fruits and Vegetables into Small Food Retail Stores?, which describes the analysis that informed the fact sheet.

To help jurisdictions address the problem of electronic cigarettes, ChangeLab Solutions just released our Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices and a flow chart to help communities determine what strategy best fits their needs. An accompanying checklist to highlight key policy options is available in the ordinance

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NANA Model Vending Standards

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2013
Two new resources are available to go along with the NANA model vending standards: a list of products that meet the NANA standards and a fact sheet on the financial impact of healthy vending standards. Thank you to those NANA members who provided background information and feedback.

· Product List
· Revenue Fact Sheet
· NANA Model Vending Standards
· Model Healthy Vending Bill

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Center for Science in the Public Interest Resources

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 24, 2012
State and localities across the nation are implementing policies to provide healthier food and beverage choices in public places. They are establishing food and nutrition guidelines for government agencies, worksites, hospitals and organizations for food and beverages served and sold through vending machines, cafeterias, concession stands, programs, etc. To help support these efforts, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has gathered at http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/foodstandards.html resources, including nutrition standards, model policies, and lessons learned.

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Joint Use Agreements

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 19, 2012
How can you make it easier for your community to access local school facilities like gyms, fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds?  Schools often keep these spaces locked after hours because they’re concerned about security, liability, maintenance, and other costs. But cities and towns around the country are resolving these issues through joint use agreements – written contracts spelling out terms that allow public agencies and nonprofits to share the costs and responsibilities. Download Playing Smart, a nuts-and-bolts guide to opening school property to the public through well-crafted joint use agreements. Playing Smart was produced through a partnership between KaBOOM! and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Children Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy.

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