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. 
FIHET/ASTHO Webinar: Voice your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative
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When: March 30, 2016
3:00-4:00 EDT
Where: United States

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New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in New York State in 2015, in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This approach was based on the key principal that underlies place-based initiatives, wherein priorities and action plans are determined by the community – by the people impacted by health inequality – while the governmental agencies and service organizations serve as allies to a “bottom-up” process. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:
1. Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
2. Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
3. Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that
works best for communities across the state.

Voice your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative

Yvonne J. Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health &Health Disparities Prevention,
New York State Department of Health
Raul Vasquez, President, The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN)
Lori V. Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education, Professor of Literacy Education, The Sage Colleges, New York
Lenora Reid Rose, Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health Care,
Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Kristen Pergolino, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention,
New York State Department of Health
Amen Ptah, Digital Media Specialist/Program Coordinator, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County;
Tele Counselor II, 2-1-1/Lifeline

DATE: March 30, 2016

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Register Here: http://tinyurl.com/FIHETWEBINAR
Click Here for Full Abstract and Speaker Biographies: http://tinyurl.com/NYSDH-SpeakerBios

The Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) is a group of 12 federal agencies convened under the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The FIHET provides a forum for federal agencies to increase dialogue between traditionally siloed programs in ways that enhance cross-agency coordination, maximally leverage existing resources, and increase the impact of federal resources on conditions within communities.
The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific or technical questions, contact the moderator at enoyes@explorepsa.com.

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