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.
In the Spotlight
Through support from the FDA, NACCHO is currently accepting applications for the 2014-15 Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program. The mentorship program connects local health departments (LHDs) with peers in order to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Standards (Retail Program Standards). The mentorship program – which features tracks for both mentors and mentees – matches LHD practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs newly or currently enrolled in the program who are looking for assistance, guidance, tools and resources, and recommendations. The program is in its fourth year.
The anticipated amount awarded will range from up to $10,000 per selected mentee LHD and $8,000–18,000 per selected mentor LHD depending on the number of mentees that will be taken on by the mentor.
Please download and review all documents carefully before submitting an application online.
Informational call: NACCHO and FDA hosted a two optional teleconference calls for interested applicants to review the application and answer any questions. Click here to review a recording of the call.
Applications are due on October 31, 2014 by 8:00 PM EDT.
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