DHPE HAS CLOSED OPERATIONS

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: 

http://SystemsChangeForHealth.web.unc.edu 

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. 
Fellowship Program
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The goal of the Health Promotion Policy Fellowship Program is to address emerging needs of health equity, public health and health disparities, and to provide leadership and professional opportunities at state and local health departments for recent graduates and doctoral level students of schools and programs of public health.

Please note that DHPE is not currently accepting applications for the Fellowship Program. However, you may wish to consider joining DHPE as a student member to receive an email regarding when recruitment will resume for the Fellowship Program. For more information about membership, visit the DHPE Student Membership Benefits Website.

Past fellowship locations have included the Arkansas Department of Health, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals and the District of Columbia Department of Health. 

 

2014-2015 Fellows:

  • Jamal Bankhead, MPH at Washington, DC
  • Kristen Hernandez, MPH at Baton Rouge, LA
  • Rahma Mkuu, MPH at Little Rock, AR
  • Wykinia Hamblin, MPH at Atlanta, GA 

Fellows Final Presentations:

 

Health Promotion Policy Fellowship Program

Fellow Online Group 

COHORT 4 FELLOWS:

 

Jamal Bankhead, MPH at Washington, DC

Kristen Hernandez, MPH at Baton Rouge, LA

Rahma Mkuu, MPH at Little Rock, AR

Wykinia Hamblin, MPH at Atlanta, GA

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), based in Washington, DC has been serving state and territorial health departments and their community partners for over 60 years. In a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), DHPE is addressing five program areas: (1) deliver curriculum on health policy and environmental change to professionals; (2) provide public health internships and fellowships for students from minority serving institutions; (3) develop new approaches to achieving health equity; (4) improve the capacity of states to conduct health promotion policy activities; and, (5) support systems changes for school health. DHPE's long-term outcomes are to reduce morbidity and premature deaths, and ensure longer healthier lives for all Americans.
 
The goal of the Health Promotion Policy Fellowship Program is to address emerging needs of health equity, public health and health disparities, and to provide leadership and professional opportunities at state and local health departments for recent graduates and doctoral level students of schools and programs of public health.
 
The overall intent of the program is to enhance the preparation of future public health professionals with an emphasis on health disparity by providing unique training opportunities in prevention policy. The support offered through this program will expand minority representation in the public health prevention workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience in prevention research. Secondly, it will provide for a link to academic institutions in the preparation of the public health workforce around the areas of prevention policy and health equity.
 
The fellowship is at no-cost to the state or the local health department. DHPE will serve as the administrator of the program. The stipend level for the one year fellowship positions will range from $40,500 to $60,000 per year and is based on the education level/degree requirement of the fellowship position. In addition to the fellowship stipend, the fellow will have access to a $4,000 "fellowship allowance" per year that is intended to cover health/dental/vision insurance premiums; all fellows are required to attend a competency-based policy training course; an additional "travel/training allowanceā€¯ that may be used to cover project-related travel, journal subscriptions, association dues, etc. will be added at the discretion of the applicant agency.
 
The fellowship stipend does not include any additional payment for living expenses or relocation expenses. Fellows are also required to maintain their own health insurance while in the fellowship program. Fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for the duration of 12 months. To be eligible, applicants must have received a master degree (MPH preferred) or doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Early career professionals with MPH or doctorate degrees (within 2 years of graduation) may also apply for the fellowship program.
 
For more information about DHPE Health Promotion Policy Fellowship Program, contact us or call 202-659-2230.
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