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: Additional Health Promotion & Education News


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Job Opening at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance is looking for another National Nutrition Advisor. This individual will work with both school districts and out-of-school sites to focus on successfully implementing afterschool snacks/meals, supper programs and summer meals acting as a 'bridge' between schools and other community sites. See more in the link below and feel free to share with others.

IOM Webinar: "Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools"
May 13, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
On May 13th, 2013, the IOM released the report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, which offered recommendations, strategies, and action steps that individually have potential to increase children's opportunities to engage in health-promoting physical activity in the school environment, including before, during, and after school. However, many barriers exist to achieving the recommended amount of physical activity in the school environment. In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the release of the report, this webinar will review the recommendations of the report and ways that schools across the country are working to implement physical activity programs. The webinar will consider barriers to implementation faced by schools and highlight ways in which district and school-level administrators are working to overcome these obstacles.

The webinar will feature presentations from:

  • Rochelle Davis, President and CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Annie Lionberger, District Wellness Supervisor, Chicago Public Schools
  • Patty Cote, Principal, Mary Louise Phillips Elementary School, Fort Worth, TX
Registration is required to attend the webinar via Webex and space is limited. Please contact Sarah Ziegenhorn at the Institute of Medicine, (202)-334-3913, sziegenhorn@nas.edu, with questions.For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the IOM's website following the event. To access the webinar and the presentations after May 13th please visit the webinar page.

Action for Healthy Kids School Breakfast Grants available for the 2014-2015 school year
Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release itsSchool Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs.The deadline for applications is May 2, 2014. Please contact Annie Leary at aleary@actionforhealthykids.org with questions or for support. For more details and information on how to apply, visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources/school-grants. Please share with any schools that may be interested.

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