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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DHPE Celebrates Health Equity Day

Tuesday, April 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Celebrated on April 5th, Health Equity Day is an inclusive initiative recognizing and reflecting on the need to achieve health equity in the United States. Taking place during National Minority Health Month, Health Equity Day is intended to raise awareness about health disparities in the US and the role that social determinants of health play in health disparities, with the goal of achieving health equity.

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) has joined with the Region III Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services to recognize Health Equity Day by hosting a webinar on Diversifying Lupus Clinical Trials by Dr. Priscilla Pemu, MD, MSCR, FACP, Director of Clinical Trials at Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center and Dr. Anca Askanase, Clinical Director at the Lupus Center at New York Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center.

In observance of National Public Health Week and National Minority Health Month, the DHPE LEAP: Lupus Education and Awareness for Patients, Professionals and Providers Program Director Dr. Steve Owens, who is a member of the Region III RHEC, will lead the one-hour webinar at 1 pm EST that offer 1-hour of continuing education units for certified health education specialists.

The webinar will explore historical barriers to minority participation in clinical trials; discuss culturally appropriate strategies to recruiting minorities into clinical trials; list current lupus clinical trials; and discuss the importance of women of color participating in lupus clinical trials. Individuals interested in attending the webinar should register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3321004876238590468

Health educators, public health professionals, health students, lupus patients and primary care providers are invited to participate in this one-hour educational webinar. The Diversifying Lupus Clinical Trials webinar is part
of educational webinar series of the DHPE LEAP Program. LEAP's intention is to increase lupus health education and awareness of lupus to address health disparities.

For more information about the LEAP Program or this webinar, visit

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