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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. LHDs seeking assistance on the Retail Program Standards were matched 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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FDA Retail Food Program Standards Grant Portal

The FDA and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) will launch the Retail Program Standards grant portal on February 3rd and will be accepting applications for the Retail Program Standards grant through February 28th. Funds are available for State, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory retail food programs who have enrolled in the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). Award amounts will fall into three categories: Small Projects (up to $3,000), Medium Projects ($10,000 to $20,000), and Training (up to $2,000). Applicants can expect a simple application process, up-front funding when required by the project, and simple reporting requirements. Learn more here.

FDA Issues the 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

In its latest step to increase the safety of the American food supply, the FDA has issued the 2013 Retail Program Standards. Click here to learn more.

FDA Updates Clearinghouse for the Retail Program Standards on Feb. 2014

The Clearinghouse document is updated four to five times per year. Find the updated document here.

 



 
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2013-2014 Mentorship Program for the FDA Retail Program Standards Awardees

NACCHO's Mentorship Program for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) is part of an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for local health department (LHD) staff to learn about the Retail Program Standards through active participation and training, share experiences, develop tools and resources, and support the ongoing effort to increase the use of the Retail Program Standards nationwide. Funded through a Cooperative Agreement between NACCHO and the FDA, 18 LHDs (13 mentees and five mentors) were selected. LHDs seeking assistance on the Retail Program Standards were matched to seasoned mentor LHDs to help progress the work towards meeting Standards while building sustained capacity within the LHD. Mentee LHDs will be working towards meeting sections of the Retail Program Standard during a nine-month period, between December 2013 and August 2014.

Mentor and Mentee Pairings

Mentor: Alexandria (VA) Health Department
Mentees: Prince George's County (MD) Health Department, Cape Girardeau County (MO) Public Health Center, Cheyenne-Laramie County (WY) Health Department

Mentor: Vineland (NJ) Health Department
Mentees: Portland (ME) Public Health Division and City of Bethlehem (PA) Health Department

Mentor: Chatham County (NC) Health Department
Mentees: Jackson County (NC) Department of Public Health, Richmond County (NC) Health Department, and Davie County (NC) Health Department

Mentor: Gwinnett County (GA) Environmental Health Department
Mentee: Cass County (MO) Health Department

Mentor: Fairfax County (VA) Health Department
Mentees: Thomas Jefferson County (VA) Health District, County of Monterey (CA), Environmental Health Bureau, Frederick County (MD) Health Department, and St. Charles County (MO), Department of Community and the Environment

 
Informational Video
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Learn more about the FDA Retail Program Standards and the mentorship program from your peers in this informational YouTube video. Click more to view the video. More »