Applications Open for NACCHO’s Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program

For the fourth year in a row, NACCHO is pleased to invite local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications for participation in a peer mentorship program that provides opportunities to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards).

The mentorship program connects LHD practitioners who are experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with those newly enrolled and looking for assistance, guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for achieving a specific standard.

NACCHO plans to award approximately $230,000 in total to participants. Anticipated award amounts range from up to $10,000 per selected mentee LHD, and between $8,000 and $18,000 per selected mentor LHD (exact amounts will vary based on number of mentees). The program duration is from Dec. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015, and awardees should be notified of their acceptance in mid-to-late November 2014.

NACCHO will be accepting applications through 8 PM EDT on Oct. 31, 2014, and has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) that provides further details about the program and application process. Those interested in pursuing the mentor track should respond to the Request for Applications to Become a Mentor; those who seek guidance should respond to the Request for Applications to Receive Mentorship.

Additionally, NACCHO will host two RFA informational sessions:

  • Oct. 6, 2014, 1:00-1:30 PM
  • Oct. 14, 2014, 1:00-1:30 PM

Visit for call-in information.

Visit NACCHO’s program website to review all documents carefully before submitting an application. To apply as a mentee, use this link: To apply as a mentor, use this link: If you have any further questions, email

Watch a video testimonial about the NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program:

About Katie Regan

Katie Regan serves as the Communications Specialist for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices through NACCHO's various storytelling and communications channels. Twitter: @katiejregan

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