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

CDC reports increase in walking for exercise

Tuesday, August 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
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CDC Announcement, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that 62% of adults say they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56% in 2005. For the Vital Signs report, researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey . The data also revealed that less than half (48%) of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

For substantial health benefits, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 2 ½ hours per week of moderate aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking. This activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

The report also shows that increases in walking were seen in nearly all groups surveyed. Walkers were defined as those who walked for at least one session of 10 minutes or more for transportation, fun or exercise.

  • In the West, roughly 68%of people walk, more than any other region in the country.
  • People living in the South had the largest increase in the percentage of people who walk, up by nearly 8 percentage points from about 49% in 2005 to 57% in 2010.
  • More adults with arthritis or hypertension are walking, but there was no increase in walking among adults with type 2 diabetes.

More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking. People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers. People need safe and convenient places to walk; people walk more where they feel protected from traffic and safe from crime. Communities can be designed or improved to make it easier for people to walk to the places they need and want to go.

The report also highlights ways to provide better spaces and more places for walking, including:

  • State and local governments can consider joint use agreements to let community residents use local school tracks or gyms after classes have finished.
  • Employers can create or identify walking paths around or near the work place and promote them with signs and route maps.
  • Citizens can participate in local planning efforts that identify best sites for walking paths and priorities for new sidewalks.

CDC Vital Signs provides timely, high impact, and data-driven prevention information, linking science, policy, and communications to create a call-to-action.  The full report and past issues of Vital Signs are available at www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns.

For more information about Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and ways to get active, visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity ; the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign has information on walking for health, success stories, and other fitness resources for older people. For more information on CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, visit www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao or contact Jennifer Greaser at JGreaser@cdc.gov.

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