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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Answers to Minority Health Month Quiz

Wednesday, May 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Thank you for participating in the Directors of Health Promotion and Education’s (DHPE) Minority Health Month observances by taking our Minority Health Month Quiz. Several quiz takers received a perfect score. The top quiz scores names were entered into a drawing for a free DHPE membership. An employee at the DeKalb County Board of Health is the grand prize winner. For your reference, the answers to the Minority Health Month quiz can be found below.  Review our website for the latest information on health promotion, policy and health equity.

2013 Minority Health Month Quiz: Answers

1. A: In 1906 W.E.B Du Bois documented health disparities in The Health and Physique in the Negro American

2. C: Booker T. Washington in 1914 began Health Improvement Week, a collaborative and wide reaching campaign to improve the black health status

3. C: Health Improvement Week evolved in to National Negro Health Week that lasted for nearly 35 years.

4. A: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5. B: The Office of Minority Health was created in 1986; http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

6. C: 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health also known as the Heckler Report. http://archive.org/stream/reportofsecretar00usde#page/n61/mode/2up

7. C: 1965, Congress created Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history.

8. B: Arkansas. For more information about Arkansas Department of Health, visit: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/ for information on minority health activities in Arkansas, visit http://www.arminorityhealth.com/

9. A: Dr. Antonia Novello was the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General

10. A: Helen Rodriguez-Trias was a Pediatrician and activist. She was the first Hispanic president of the American Public Health Association, and founding member of the Women's Caucus of the American Public Health Association

11. B: Fernando E. Rodriguez Vargus, DDS was an odontologist (dentist), scientist and a Major in the US Army who discovered the bacteria which causes dental caries.

12. C: NCMHHD was elevated to an Institute in 2012. http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/

13. A: Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985) served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and the United State Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (which office was renamed Secretary of Health and Human Services during her tenure). She was the first African American woman to serve in the United States Cabinet, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency

14. B: David Satcher, MD, PhD, served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001 at the US Department of Health and Human Services. As such, he is the first Surgeon General to be appointed as a four-star admiral in the PHSCC, to reflect his dual offices

15. A: Smallpox

16. F: False. APHA was founded in 1872 for more information on APHA, visit http://www.apha.org/

17. F: False. IHS currently provides health services to approximately 1.5 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.

18. A: Alabama

19. C: In 1950 the US Public Health Service announced the end of the National Negro Health Movement on the grounds that the nation was moving toward integration

20. C: There are six (6) DHHS Offices of Minority Health; Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHQR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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