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. 
News & Press: DHPE News

Spring 2013 DHPE Internship Program Comes to a Close

Saturday, April 20, 2013   (1 Comments)
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Sixteen undergraduate and graduate students participated in the Spring 2013 DHPE Internship Program. Interns were placed in various federal, state and local agencies and community-based organizations across the country and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The twelve-week internship program concluded on April 19th. While gaining practical experience in public health, students also participated in weekly webinars to learn more about health disparities and receive professional development. Almost all of the interns were able to participate in a DHPE Shaping Policy for Health Training Course during the internship program.

Here are a few thoughts from students that participated in the spring internship.

My internship experience was fruitful, educational, encouraging and gratifying. The internship provided me with great people to guide me and help through professional situations. The assignments and responsibilities delegated to me served as opportunities to challenge myself intellectually, professionally, emotionally and spiritually, helping me grow as a public health professional and as a human being.

Sue Ramos-Diaz
Internship –Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dengue Branch- San Juan, P.R.

During the 12-week internship at the DeKalb County Board of Health I was able to apply my public health knowledge to several activities. Most of my tasks revolved around the multi-media health education venture Public Health Information for Teens (PHIT). While working to promote PHIT, I engaged with various community partners to ensure the visibility of the DeKalb County Board of Health brand, programs, and services. This internship allowed me to gain an appreciation for the 10 essential public health services and the seven competencies and responsibilities of public health education.

Duane McKinley
Internship- DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, GA

My internship experience was great. I was placed at the CDC, Division of Community Health, Research Surveillance and Evaluation Branch. During the internship, I completed a research project investigating racial differences in progression to AIDS and mortality in HIV+ women. In completing my project, I learned a lot about research and data analysis. My experiences during the internship definitely contributed to my professional growth.

O'Mareen Spence
Internship – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health, Research Surveillance and Evaluation Branch, Atlanta, GA

Learn more about DHPE's Internship Program

DHPE now provides Internship Administration and Support Services to other organizations. Learn more about this service.



Doreleena Sammons-Hackett (aka Posey) S.M. says...
Posted Monday, April 22, 2013
Very nice! Glad you all were able to experience public health first hand!

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