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

DHPE Presents Health Equity Presentations & Updates

Tuesday, August 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Under the guidance of DHPE's health equity programs, the Community Market Analyses Project works diligently to research new insights on using market research data to enhance state department of health capacity to target their resources. Recently, DHPE staff abstracts were accepted at an international and a national conferences for poster and oral presentation.

International AIDS Conference, July 2012

Health Equity and HIV: Using Market Research Data to Design Targeted HIV Interventions

Many people in the US are living with HIV infections and chronic diseases. This trend is common among many urban minority populations and reveals many health equity issues that may facilitate HIV infection among these populations. Using the District of Columbia's Department of Health HIV surveillance data as a foundation and working with the National Minority AIDS Council, DHPE provided information on how market research technology allows for the translation of purchasing power behavior to estimate health behaviors and target these activities as justification for proven effective health interventions to target HIV prevention messaging.

National Medical Association Conference, July 2012

Using Market Research Technologies to Design Effective Public Health Interventions for Tobacco Prevention Programs

Although tobacco use over the past decade has declined in US, smoking rates continue to be higher in southern states. Through the CMA project, DHPE worked with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LADOH) to identify heavy smoker populations in the state. During this conference, DHPE and LADOH staff presented and disseminated information about how market research technology has equipped the health department with information to develop strategies to address tobacco use and cancer prevention in populations that are heavy smokers in Louisiana.

Health Equity Tools

Through DHPE's Health Equity Committee, documents on Incorporating Health Equity Language into Request for Applications (RFAs) will be released soon. The first document is a check list that state health departments can use to assist with developing RFAs through a health equity lens. The second document is a list of definitions, strategies and rationale for incorporating health equity language into RFAs. Additionally, DHPE will release soon a document on incorporating health equity concepts into quality assurance and improvement plans will be released in the fall.

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