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Standard 9 in the Retail Program Standards is a process used to measure the success of a jurisdiction’s program in reducing the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors. The Risk Factor Study provides baseline data that can be used to assess the occurrence of food safety practices and employee behaviors that contribute to foodborne illness. An analysis and report of the study’s data followed by a targeted intervention strategy and subsequent risk factor studies allows jurisdictions to demonstrate measurable improvements in food safety. The panelists will share their experiences, successes and challenges designing and executing their risk factor studies.

Moderated by Tracynda Davis, FDA

Tracynda Davis is a Retail Food Specialist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration‘s Office of Regulatory Affairs. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance and training to regulatory and industry professionals on food safety and the application of the FDA Food Code. She also provides food safety inspections at National Security Events such as the 2014 U.S. African Leaders Summit, 2016 Nuclear Summit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Tracynda holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is a graduate of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. Prior to joining FDA, Tracynda was a Program Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Health.

Julie Wagendorf, ND Health Dept.

Julie Wagendorf is the Director of Food and Lodging with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  As a licensed Environmental Health Practitioner, Julie has worked for the Division of Food and Lodging since 2012 and has an additional 10 years of experience in epidemiology while working for the NDDoH Division of Disease Control. Prior to joining the state health department, she worked in the food manufacturing industry directing food safety, microbiological monitoring, quality assurance, and sanitation programs. Julie earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in microbiology at NDSU and an Associate’s Degree in computer support-database management from Bismarck State College.

Loreena Hilton, Bloomington, MN

Loreena graduated from Carthage College in 2010 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She started as an intern at the City of Bloomington following college and has been a full time Environmental Health Specialist with their staff since 2011.  In this role she has done a variety of environmental health work such as garbage house inspections, code enforcement, housing inspections, and food, pool, and lodging inspections.  Loreena recently finished her masters of public health degree in Environmental Health with a concentration on the study of infectious diseases from the University of Minnesota.  For her master’s project, she compared the 2005, 2010, and 2015 baseline risk factor surveys that the City of Bloomington conducted as part of Retail Standard 9.

David Lawrence, Fairfax County, VA

David Lawrence is a 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Since 1993, David has been employed by the Fairfax County Health Department with experience in conducting environmental and clinical laboratory services, operating ambient air quality monitoring sites, enforcing regulations of foodservice establishments and other permitted facilities, and leading environmental investigations related to foodborne illness outbreaks and toxic substance exposures. He served as the Certified Food Program Inspection/Training Officer for a staff of up to 17 environmental health specialists for 13 years. Since 2002, David has contributed in some capacity with the Conference for Food Protection by attending biennial conferences and regional seminars, serving on several committees and on Council I – Laws & Regulations and Council II – Administration, Education & Certification. He served as Council II Vice-Chair for the 2014 – 2016 biennium and serves as Council II Chair for the 2016 – 2018 biennium. He is a member of the CFP Executive Board as the Mid-Atlantic Region Local Regulatory Representative. David worked on the FDA inspection report and marking instructions that were incorporated into the 2005 FDA Model Food Code; reviewed the FDA Criticality Workgroup’s 3-tiered categorization of code provisions for the 2009 FDA Model Food Code; and assisted in the development of a spreadsheet and guidance document to assist Retail Program Standards enrollees in calculating the FTE/inspection ratio for Standard 8. David is the past Chair and a current member of the CFP Program Standards Committee and helped to establish it as a standing committee. He has assisted in Retail Program Standard self-assessments and conducted verification audits for Retail Program Standard self-assessments and conducted verification audits for both a neighboring local health department and a partner state agency. He is a member of AFDO’s Standards Analysis Workgroup. In Fairfax County, David has led strategic initiatives such as the Local Environmental Public Health Self-Assessment project and served on the agency’s Strategic Planning Committee and Accreditation Team. David served as a Fairfax County mentorship team lead for Cohorts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the NACCHO Program Standards Mentorship. Fairfax County has mentored 22 local health departments on the Retail Program Standards. Return to Conference Schedule