NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program
The Mentorship Program for the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) is funded through a five-year cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Mentorship Program provides opportunities for local health department (LHD) staff to learn about the Retail Program Standards through active participation and training, share experiences and develop tools and resources related to the Retail Program Standards, and support the ongoing effort to increase the use of the Retail Program Standards nationwide. The program matches LHDs new and/or inexperienced to seasoned Retail Program Standards mentors from a LHD to help progress the work towards meeting Retail Program Standards while building sustained capacity within the LHD.
Mentors are encouraged to assist mentee LHDs in preparing for self-assessments and verification audits and in developing improvement plans. Through the program, NACCHO has gathered a wide variety of qualitative data about the Retail Program Standards from the perspective of the LHD.
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Request for Applications: Mentors and Mentees for the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Mentorship Program (Cohort 3)
NACCHO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are pleased to kick off the third year of a mentorship program with local health departments (LHDs). The mentorship program allows participants to share experiences, tools, and resources related to the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). The mentorship program is part of an ongoing effort to increase the use of the Retail Program Standards and is funded under a cooperative agreement between NACCHO and FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Local health departments are invited to submit applications in response to this Request for Applications (RFA) to participate as a mentor or mentee in a mentorship program with peer LHDs. The overall objective of the mentorship program is to match LHD practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs currently or newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards and looking for guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for achieving a standard or standards. This opportunity will provide capacity building and networking opportunities among the LHDs participating in the mentorship program.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Chang by email or phone (202-507-4221).