NACCHO Mentorship Program

Deadline Extended:

NACCHO and FDA staff met today to discuss the closing date for applications for the Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program for areas hit by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  As a result, we decided we will extend the application deadline for the Mentorship Program closing date from Friday, October 6, to Friday, October 13, 2017 for all jurisdictions interested in applying.

The NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program is now accepting mentee and mentor applications (through Friday, October 13, 2017) for its 2017-2018 cohort. Program participants will have opportunities to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards).

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. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to learn more information by viewing the Mentorship program flyer and participant video testimonials below. To apply, agency representatives are asked to download and complete applications within one of two Requests for Applications (RFAs) below, designated for either mentee or mentor applicants. 

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Mentorship Program Request for Applications: Mentee Track

Complete application instructions and materials for prospective mentees.

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Mentorship Program Request for Applications: Mentee Track

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Mentorship Program Request for Applications: Mentor Track

Complete application instructions and materials for prospective mentors.

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Mentorship Program Request for Applications: Mentor Track

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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.

California
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
New Jersey
Nevada
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Texas
Virginia 
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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 

Presentations
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 RetailFoodProtectionTeam@fda.hhs.gov 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