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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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NACCHO Announces Fifth Cohort for Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program

NACCHO is pleased to announce the selection of the fifth cohort of participants for its Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program.

The fifth cohort includes:
Mentor: Fairfax County Health Department (VA)
Mentee: Rockingham County Environmental Health (NC)
Mentee: New River Health District (VA)
Mentee: Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (VA)
Mentee: Oakland County Health Division (MI)
Mentee: Wilkes County Health Department (NC)

Mentor: Riverside County Department of Environmental Health (CA)
Mentee: Butte County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Division (CA)
Mentee: County of El Dorado Public Health Division (CA)

Mentor: Vineland Health Department (NJ)
Mentee: Chatham County Public Health Department (NC)
Mentee: Englewood Health Department (NJ)
Mentee: North Shore Health Department (WI)

Mentor: Pitt County Environmental Health (NC)
Mentee: Hoke County Health Department (NC)
Mentee: Jackson County Department of Public Health (NC)
Mentee: Lee County Health Department (NC)

Mentor: Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (TX)
Mentee: Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Environmental Health Dept. (GA)
Mentee: Northwest Georgia Public Health District 1-1 (GA)
Mentee: Clackamas County Environmental Health (OR)

Mentor: Lake County General Health District (OH)
Mentee: Summit County Public Health (OH)
Mentee: Ottawa County Department of Public Health (MI)

Mentor: Southern Nevada Health District (NV)
Mentee: Tippecanoe County Health Department (IN)
Mentee: Ogle County Health Department (IL)

Learn more about the impact of the mentorship program here. 

New Sharing Session
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During this session, two local health department 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. Click on more to view the sharing session and obtain resources. More »

Blogs on the Mentorship Program and Retail Program Standards

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.

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