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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. Click here to learn more about NACCHO's Mentorship Program.
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Connecting FDA Retail Program Standards and Public Health Accreditation, a new NACCHO University vodcast, highlights how the FDA’s Retail Program Standards and the Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB’s) Standards and Measures complement each other. The vodcast also demonstrates how local health departments have applied their knowledge regarding the Retail program Standards to meet required PHAB documentation. Representatives from three different LHDs share their experiences. More »


NACCHO is pleased to announce the selection of a fourth cohort of participants in its Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program. Participants will design plans for reaching program milestones, conduct self-assessments, develop improvement plans, and conduct verification audits, among other learning activities. The mentorship program began in 2012 with nine local health departments; the second cohort grew to include 15 participating local health departments, and the third and fourth cohorts have each included 18. Participants will begin the program in early January 2015 and will complete it at the end of August 2015. NACCHO is providing approximately $230,000 total in funding to participating local health departments. Visit the Preparedness Brief blog for more details and a full listing of cohort members.    More »

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NACCHO-FDA Mentorship Program Helps Improve Retail Food Regulatory Programs across the Country

This blog post discusses how the mentorship program helps improve retail food regulatory programs across the nation.

Improving the Quality of Public Health Practice through PHAB’s Accreditation Program and the FDA Retail Program Standards

This blog post discusses how the Retail Program Standards and PHAB's accrediation progress are complementary efforts in improving the quality of public health practice.