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

CHES WEBINAR: Lupus is a Chronic Disease

Thursday, February 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Primary care providers and health educators can help reduce the lupus diagnosis time frame of 2 to 6 years and address lupus health disparities by knowing the signs of lupus!


The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) LEAP: Lupus Education and Awareness for Patients, Professionals and Providers Program invites you to participate in tomorrow’s Lupus is a Chronic Disease: Know the Signs and Symptoms Webinar. Health educators, primary care providers, public health professionals and health students are encouraged to tune in at 10:00 AM EST on Friday, February 12th to learn more about lupus during this one-hour presentation!

The featured speaker for tomorrow’s session is Dr. Gwenesta Melton, who is an Assistant Consulting Professor within the Department of Rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Certified Health Education Specialist may receive 1 continuing education unit for completing the assessment at the end of the webinar.


Those interested in participating may join us at this registration link:



The learning objectives of the webinar are to help non-clinicians: a.) know how to recognize initial signs and symptoms of lupus; b.) know what initial screening tests can help confirm diagnosis; and c.) understand the significance of early diagnosis of lupus, which disproportionately impact women of color of childbearing age.

For more information contact DHPE LEAP Project Director Steven Owens, MD, MPH at sowens@dhpe.org  or LEAP Project Manager Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH at tcozart@dhpe.org, and visit the program website at www.bit.ly/dhpelupus.

This work is supported by funding from the DHPE Lupus Health Education Program though grant #CPIMP150088-01-01 from the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Continuing Education: An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) credit for this webinar. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to _1_ total Category I continuing education contact hours.  Sponsored by DHPE, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC).

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