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Mentors for the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Mentorship Program

NACCHO invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate as a mentor in a mentorship program with peer LHDs to share experiences and provide guidance, tools, and resources related to the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). A full Request for Applications, applications forms, and a short video featuring past mentorship participants' experiences will be available in an upcoming Special Edition of The Greener Side.


The overall objective of the mentorship program is to match LHD practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs currently or newly enrolled in the program standards and looking for guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for achieving a standard or standards. This opportunity will provide capacity building and networking opportunities among the LHDs participating in the mentorship program.


The anticipated amount awarded to each selected mentor LHD will range from $8,000-$18,000, depending on the number of mentees that will be taken on by the mentor.


This initiative is funded by a cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Food and Drug Administration.


The request for applications for mentees for the mentorship program will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please email Becky Johnson.


NEHA Tracking in Action: Workforce Implementation computer and mouse Training

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and CDC offer a Web-based course on how Environmental Public Health Tracking (Tracking) programs work with local health departments and community-based organizations. The training provides real-life examples of grantee tracking programs and networks and how they have partnered with local programs and organizations to address environmental health concerns. Free CEU credits are available from NEHA upon completion of the course. To learn more, click here


RRT Manual of Best Practices

The Food Protection Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) has developed the "RRT Manual of Best Practices" with tools for program improvement on response, such as communication standard operating procedures, traceback, and joint investigations. This manual along with the upcoming volume will establish metrics for rapid response capabilities that will allow RRTs to assess their status, create improvement plans, and measure accomplishments and impact. The manual is available upon request by contacting the Division of Federal-State Relations at


Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level

NACCHO is proud to present a two-part series webinar, "Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level". The first part of the series, "Working with Non-Traditional Partners to Improve Community Health", focused on helping local public health officials and staff members implement the National Prevention Strategy by working with non-traditional partners at the local level using a Health in All Policies approach. The second part of the series will include local health department success stories in using a multi-sector approach to building healthier communities and combating tobacco, obesity and chronic disease. To register for the webinar on October 26 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, click here

Florida Department of Health "HIA Analysis Framework"

The Florida Department of Health has released a report, HIA Analysis Framework, which compares the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process that Florida uses with CDC best practices. The report also explores how HIA is used nationally and internationally and recommends public health priorities to which the HIA tool could be applied. Read the report here


Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

The Environmental Protection Agency has released Resource Conservation and Recovery: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs, a climate and energy strategy guide for local governments. The guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policymakers on designing and implementing conservation and recovery programs. Additionally, the guide features cases studies and examples from communities across the nation and links to technical resources and sources of funding. Access the guide here.


County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: What Works for 


County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has released What Works for Health, an online searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Local leaders can choose a health factor of interest (e.g., environmental quality, tobacco use, access to healthcare) and browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address the health factor of interest. Learn more here


CDC Webinar: "Drought: When Every Drop Counts" 

The CDC and the American Public Health Association are co-sponsoring a four-part webinar series, "Drought: When Every Drop Counts". The series discusses significant overarching public health issues related to drought, highlights some of these impacts, and focuses on several American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Parts I and II, archived, focus on the public health implications of the drought and discuss the state and local response. Part III will be presented on October 10th from 1:00-2:00 PM ET and will focus on adapting to the drought. Learn more here


Webinar Series: Local Work in Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Planning

The Florida Department of Health is presenting a series of webinars spotlighting local work in community health assessment and health improvement planning during October. The webinars will feature four multi-county collaboratives (covering a total of 25 CHDs) that worked on agency accreditation preparation and community health improvement processes and six projects that integrated community health and environmental health improvement planning. The webinars will highlight the projects' successes, challenges and barriers, and lessons learned. Learn more here.


"Mosquito Control" and "Brownfields" Policy Statements

NACCHO has updated policy statements on "Mosquito Control" and "Public Health Principles and Guidance for Brownfields Policies and Practices." The mosquito control policy statement affirms NACCHO's continued support for federal, state, and local assistance in developing, maintaining, and funding sustainable mosquito management programs in local jurisdictions and includes updated policies, facts, and figures. NACCHO's brownfields policy statement urges federal, state, and local governments to produce and support policies and resources that identify, remediate, and redevelop brownfield sites. Updates include the EPA's definition of brownfields, support for using HIA and the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health to assess brownfield sites, and updated facts and figures. Read NACCHO's environmental health policy statements here.



Miami-Dade Health Dept. Confirms 1st Dengue Fever Case


When Heat Kills: Global Warming as Public Health Threat


FDA Releases Preliminary Data on Arsenic Levels in Rice and Rice Products


Researchers Identify Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions for Policy Makers


Rise of Pests and Diseases in United States Linked to Warmer Winters (West Nile Virus, Hantavirus, Agricultural Pests)


House Approves "Stop the War on Coal" Bill in Last Act Before November Election 


Pollutants Linked to "Fracking" Found in Wyoming Groundwater



APHA When Every Drop Counts: Adapting to Drought - What Next?

Oct. 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET


EPA Webcast: Estimating the Health Impacts of Climate Change and Clean Energy Programs

Oct. 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET 


CDC MAHC Modules (Facility Design & Construction and Contamination Burden, Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision), Available for Public Comment

Deadline: Oct. 14


Drinking Water in Schools: Translating Good Policy into Great Practice
Oct. 18,  10:00-11:15 AM PT 


NEHA 2013 AEC Abstract Extension

Deadline: Oct. 19


Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level 

Oct. 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


EPA Smartgrowth Building Blocks Technical Assistance Available

Deadline: Oct. 26


NACCHO Model Practices Applications

Deadline: Oct 31


ASTHO Tracking Fellowship Program

Deadline: Nov. 2 by 5:00 PM ET (LHDs are eligible to apply if partnered with an unfunded state)


Career Opportunities: NACCHO's Career Network 

Visit the new NACCHO Career Network to look for public health career opportunities and to post any opportunities that you would like to publicize to NACCHO's members.

Calendar of Events  


Oct. 15-17, Cincinnati, OH  


APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition

Oct. 27-31, San Francisco


APHA Creating the Food System We Need

Oct. 28, 5:30-7:30 PM PT, San Francisco


National Biomonitoring Networking Meeting

Nov. 28-29, Atlanta

Register with Surili Sutaria ( by Oct. 26.


The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Feb. 7-9, 2013, Kansas City, MO

NACCHO's Environmental Health Toolkits

ToolboxNACCHO's Climate Change, Food Safety, Healthy Community Design, and PACE-EH Toolkits offer downloadable tools and resources for local health departments. These toolkits connect local health departments with tools and resources to help support environmental health functions, projects, and activities.
NACCHO welcomes any tools or resources you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a tool to the Environmental Health Toolkits, contact Jacques Colon.


The National Connection for Local Public Health

The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local public health departments.


National Association of County and City Health Officials

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