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. 
Chronic Disease Prevention: Saving Lives, Saving Money
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Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform

When: 12:15 - 2:00 PM
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Where: Columbus Club, Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
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Chronic Disease Prevention:  Saving Lives, Saving Money 
Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform

Friday, July 13th, 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch at noon)

UPDATE: Linda Bilheimer of the Congressional Budget Office will discuss a new CBO in-depth analysis showing how one type of health intervention -- reducing smoking -- could impact federal deficits for the next 50 years, in addition to saving lives. The study is important since to do it, CBO analyzed a number of long-range and secondary factors, such as productivity increases.

 With a continued focus on the need to control the high and rising cost of care, Congress is looking for low cost, high yield policy solutions. Chronic illnesses are among the biggest drivers of growing health care costs, and a drain on worker productivity in our nation. For example, researchers note that per person health care spending for obese adults is 56 percent higher than for normal-weight adults. Diabetes and other chronic illnesses can be prevented or greatly delayed with solutions beyond or outside of medical care. Many fall into the category of health-related behaviors, such as whether we smoke, get exercise, eat a healthy diet-- factors that are newly falling into the spheres of public health or population health.

Researchers have found that doing any ONE of three things -- expanding health insurance coverage, improving the quality of care, or expanding community and behavioral prevention -- was valuable for saving lives, but with some added costs in the first 10 years. But of those three, community prevention was the ONLY intervention that saved lives and money in the long run to the tune of four and a half million lives and nearly $600 billion over 25 years. A recent report from CBO estimating the overall impact on the federal budget of a policy intervention to improve health indicates the complexities of studying such interventions and measuring their effects.

Innovative public health initiatives are attracting businesses, improving workplace wellness, and providing a spark to local economies, but is there evidence that public health investments can help prevent chronic disease and reduce escalating health care costs? And how does CBO view these with regard to cutting the deficit and/or affecting long-term costs/savings to the health care system? What can we learn from our experience with tobacco cessation programs? Have initiatives on the local level been effective? How can public health efforts intersect with clinical care? What new initiatives are being designed on the state level? Are these being supported by federal policy and federal funds?

To address these questions and more, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are sponsoring a July 13 luncheon briefing.


  • Ursula Bauer, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Thomas Farley, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Matthew Myers, Tobacco-Free Kids Campaign
  • Linda Bilheimer, Congressional Budget Office.


  • Ed Howard of the Alliance

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