New NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program Partnering With NACCHO for Mentorship Program

NEHA and FDA Partner With NACCHO for Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Mentorship Program

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is excited to announce their partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for the upcoming NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program. This partnership, part of the “Advancing Conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) by State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Retail Food Regulatory Agencies” Cooperative Agreement, will continue the tremendously successful mentorship program that NACCHO has overseen since 2012. 

NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack states, “Peer-to-peer mentoring is an effective form of capacity building. We are fortunate to collaborate with NACCHO to build upon their track record of excellence.” The mentorship program connects retail food regulatory agencies who are experienced in applying the VNRFRPS with those who are newly enrolled and looking for peer-to-peer assistance, resources, and recommendations for achieving specific standards.

NACCHO CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman remarked, “NACCHO is excited to begin work on this historic effort alongside our long-time partner, NEHA. With improved coordination and lasting relationships between these retail food regulatory associations and the FDA, we are looking forward to seeing a stronger and more harmonized approach that will support public health professionals leading our country’s retail food safety initiatives.”

More details about the mentorship program will be announced soon. 

Read the Full FDA Press Release

NEHA is committed to supporting jurisdictional retail food protection agencies in their efforts to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness and implement conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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