NACCHO Mentorship Program

Funded through a five-year cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this program connects retail food regulatory program practitioners who are experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with those who are newly enrolled and looking for assistance, resources, and recommendations for achieving a specific standard. Eligible participants include food regulatory programs operating at the state, local, tribal, and territorial level. 

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Flyer: Mentorship Program Overview

An overview of NACCHO's Mentorship Program, including participant benefits, eligibility, and more.

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Flyer: Mentorship Program Overview

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Video: Mentorship Program Participant Testimonials

Past participants share experiences and benefits of engaging in NACCHO's mentorship program.

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Video: Mentorship Program Participant Testimonials

Profiles of the past participants of the NACCHO Mentorship Program for the FDA Retail Program Standards.

Click on states to view mentorship participant information in that state.

District of Columbia
New Jersey
North Carolina 
North Dakota
West Virginia

During this session, two local health departments that participated in NACCHO's mentorship program shared lessons learned, successful strategies, and tactics on how to get started with the FDA Retail Program Standards.

During this session, two local health departments experienced with Standard 4 and FDA Staff shared their experiences, tips, and challenges on Standard 4. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions during a Q & A session.

During this session, the Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia described their efforts to help retail food establishments improve compliance with the employee health requirements in the FDA Food Code. The presentation highlighted how the health department used compliance data to develop and implement an intervention strategy to improve compliance, overcome challenges, and to respond to the results they have seen so far.

Upon completion of this webinar session participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and objectives for conducting a retail food risk factor study
  • Discuss how conducting a retail food risk factor study can benefit a jurisdiction’s retail food protection program
  • Summarize the Standard 9 Program Assessment criteria for conducting a retail food risk factor study 

Presentation PDF Part I
Presentation PDF Part II
Presentation PDF Part III

Additional Materials
FDA Retail Food Risk Factor Study Protocol
Draft Standard 9 - January 2017
Updated Restaurant Data Collection Form for FoodSHIELD

This session focused on the mechanics of actually conducting a study based on the experiences of two very different jurisdictions. What did they have to plan and decide before starting the field data collection part of the study? This discussion will hopefully help jurisdictions in designing and conducting a risk factor study. Every jurisdiction has different needs and different levels of resources to conduct a study. There is no one set way to conduct a study. Jurisdictions must make the best choices based on the resources and limitations within their programs.

Webinar Materials:
Question and Answer Document
Webinar Slide Deck 

More food safety sharing sessions are available at the NACCHO Food Safety/Defense Webpage.

For more examples and to share documents, email to join the Retail Food Program Resources Center workgroup on FoodSHIELD.

Standard 1: Regulatory Foundation

Standard 2: Trained Regulatory Staff

Standard 3: Inspection Program Based on HACCP Principles

Standard 4: Uniform Inspection Program

Standard 5: Foodborne Illness and Food Defense Preparedness and Response

Standard 6: Compliance and Enforcement

Standard 7: Industry and Community Relations

Standard 8: Program Support and Resources

Standard 9: Program Assessment