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​​Peer Exchange Program Description

If an agency has demonstrated success, expertise, or experiences in a topic area, then a Mentor role will help to showcase their best practices and success stories with agencies across California, as well as provide an opportunity to network with other agencies. As the host agency, Mentors are expected to:

• Share their experiences and resources,
• Help plan the logistics of the exchange,
• Co-develop the agenda with the mentee, and
• Complete a post-assessment of the exchange.

If an agency has identified a topic area they would like to strengthen, then a Mentee role would help to address that need. As the Mentee agency, Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) are expected to:

• Travel to the host agency if it is an in-person event,
• Co-develop the agenda with the mentor, and
• Complete a pre- and post-assessment of the exchange.

Mentor and Mentee Descriptions

If an agency has demonstrated success, expertise, or experiences in a topic area, then a Mentor role will help to showcase their best practices and success stories with agencies across California, as well as provide an opportunity to network with other agencies. As the host agency, Mentors are expected to:

• Share their experiences and resources,
• Help plan the logistics of the exchange,
• Co-develop the agenda with the mentee, and
• Complete a post-assessment of the exchange.

If an agency has identified a topic area they would like to strengthen, then a Mentee role would help to address that need. As the Mentee agency, LIAs are expected to:

• Travel to the host agency if it is an in-person event,
• Co-develop the agenda with the mentor, and
• Complete a pre- and post-assessment of the exchange.


Program Process

1. Apply
Interested participants choose what role they would like to play in the exchange: Mentor or Mentee, or both. If an agency wants to be a Mentee in one topic area and a Mentor in another topic area, they will need to fill out both the Mentor and Mentee sections of the application.
Click on the link to complete the Peer Exchange Program Application.
2. Match
CalFresh Health Living Statewide Training Team staff matches Mentors and Mentees based on topic area and availability. Statewide Training Team staff notifies the Mentors and Mentees by email and sets up a conference call to develop agenda items, learning objectives, activity ideas, and discuss other areas of interest or concern.
3. Prepare
The Mentor and Mentee create the agenda, plan activities, and gather and/or develop resources to be shared at the exchange.
4. Exchange
Meet up! Learn from each other! Visit a site! Share resources! Take what you have learned back to your own CalFresh Healthy Living program!
5. Follow-up
The Mentor and Mentee agencies complete a post-assessment survey of what they learned during the exchange and how they plan to apply it to their CalFresh Healthy Living work.

Travel

For an in-person exchange, a travel grant may be available to the Mentee agency on a case-by-case basis.

For More Information

Contact the Peer Exchange Program Coordinator for additional information at CASNAP-EdTraining@cdph.ca.gov

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