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PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION INC

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.fightbac.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Partnership for Food Safety Education is to end illness and death from foodborne infection in the United States. The Partnership develops and promotes effective education programs to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers.

Main Programs

  1. Ending Foodborne Illness with Fight BAC

service areas

National

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ruling year

2003

chief executive for fy 2003

Shelley Feist

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Keywords

food safety education, health education, consumer

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EIN

75-2977151

Physical Address

2345 Crystal Drive Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

Also Known As

PFSE

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

According to the CDC, foodborne infections will cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths this year.  We know that very young children are the most vulnerable population when it comes to serious foodborne illness that leads to hospitalization.  Children under 9 account for 56% of hospitalizations from two common foodborne infections - salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis.
The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness.  
The Partnership teams with more than 14,000 food safety and health educators nationwide to ensure that food safety education efforts are effective, collaborative, measurable and visible, and supports these educators with access to free, evidence-based materials they can use to connect with consumers in their communities on this important health topic.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Ending Foodborne Illness with Fight BAC

According to the CDC foodborne infections will cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths this year.  We know that very young children are the most vulnerable population when it comes to serious foodborne illness that leads to hospitalization.  Children under 9 account for 56% of hospitalizations from two common foodborne infections - salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis.
 
The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness.  
 
Nationally, more than 14,000 public health educators, food industry members, cooperative extensions, teachers, dietitians, and consumers use Fight BAC!® materials to teach others about the importance of safe food handling to good health-reaching an estimated 7.5 million consumers each year.

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Early Intervention & Prevention

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education is committed to ending illness and death from foodborne infections in the United States. The Partnership is the catalyst for national collaboration in food safety education and a leader in developing ways to track outcomes against these Healthy People 2020 goals: FS-1:Reduce infections caused by key pathogens transmitted commonly through food FS-5:Increase the proportion of consumers who follow key food safety practices In our work we support consumers in protecting their health and that of their families by helping them to keep top-of-mind basic practices that hinder the growth and spread of dangerous foodborne pathogens that can cause illness. Educating consumers about food safety is NOT the entire solution to eliminating illness.But it is a critical aspect of prevention that cannot be ignored.We believe that the basic preventive practices of clean, separate, cook and chill should be common knowledge for all Americans, including kids. Millions of people get food poisoning each year - an estimated 1 in 6 people in the United States.Most often a person experiences moderate to severe gastroenteritis for a few days, then feels better.They think ""it was just something I ate.""However, these illnesses can very seriously affect the most vulnerable (very young children, the elderly and other immune-compromised individuals.A foodborne illness can result in chronic health impacts over many years. In short, food poisoning can be more dangerous to a person's health than many people realize. The Partnership teams with food safety and health educators nationwide to ensure that food safety education efforts are effective, collaborative, measureable and visible, and supports these educators with access to free, evidence-based materials they can use to connect with consumers in their communities on this important health topic. Our 26 active partner organizations represent the country's leading food industry associations, commodity groups, and professional associations in food sciences, health, and nutrition, and we team with the Federal agencies (USDA, FDA, and CDC) to develop and endorse program approaches that contribute to important positive health outcomes.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Partnership's work is built around three (3) core strategic focus areas: Focus Area 1: The Partnership convenes and supports practitioner communities inside and outside government to work together to improve outcomes in food safety education. Strategies: 1a: Fully Implement the Performance partnership model to support the development and advancement of promising strategies and programs with potential for national impact. 1b: Organize and host the National Food Safety Education Conference. 1c: Expand the number and diversity of the network of food safety educators. 1d: Support the USDA Ad Council campaign. 1e: Advocate and support the development of regional Performance Partnerships in food safety education. Focus Area 2: The Partnership amplifies the collective efforts of thousands of partners/educators and helps them to tell the story of the impact their work has on protecting the health of consumers. Strategy: 2a: Support partners by bringing attention to their work and the impact of their work on the health of people in their communities. Focus Area 3: The Partnership leads efforts to evaluate the impact of consumer food safety education, and anticipates needed changes in program approaches that will better align programs with intended outcomes. Strategy: 3a: Develop and adopt evaluation measures in partnership with national stakeholders.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    People and Networks The Partnership delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness. Our 26 active partner organizations represent the country's leading food industry associations, commodity groups, and professional associations in food sciences, health, and nutrition. These contributing partners link to more than 30,000 companies and organizations. We have an active board of 13 members that work to maintain the Partnership's leadership in reducing foodborne illness with trusted, science-based resources. The US Department of Agriculture, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are active liaisons to the Partnership. Our Executive Director is Shelley Feist. Ms.Feist's leadership on design and execution of a national stakeholder engagement process led to adoption by the PFSE Board, in June 2011, of a new national action plan for consumer food safety education in the United States. Ms. Feist has appeared on NBC's Today Show on the topic of safe food handling for consumers, and on the subject of what consumers should do to handle and prepare ground beef safely at home. Connection to educators Partnership materials reach hundreds of thousands of people each year through our partners, websites, social media, and directly through more than 13,000 BAC! Fighter community educators across the country. Here's what we know about these food safety and health educators who we reach through weekly e-cards and through an educational webinar series: 30% are in local government; 20% are in cooperative extension/university; 20% work in non-profits; 17% are private company employees; 9% are in state government and 4% are in federal government. Trusted, evidence-based educational material We have a 14 year track record of collaboration in food safety education outreach and curricula development and dissemination. More than 1.7 million resources have been downloaded from www.fightbac.org and our other websites, and tens of thousands of Fight BAC!® curricula kits have been distributed to teachers and consumers through PFSE government and non-profit partners. The Partnership's main website at www.fightbac.org has been serving consumers and food safety educators for more than 13 years and is visited by an average of 20,000 unique visitors per month. The site is rich with content and free downloads on topics of home safe food handling, hand hygiene and food preparation. 50% of fightbac.org visitors come directly to us or use ""Fight BAC"" in a search engine. They know us and they are repeat visitors. The Partnership's strong networks, connection to community-based educators, credibility with these educators and with the media, and commitment to evidence-based message development give us a strong base to lead stakeholders in the effort to end illness and death from foodborne infections.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Partnership board and staff focus on strategic objectives by developing and performing against an annual work plan that guides activities and tactics, and sets out benchmarks for success. Progress against the work plan is reviewed often, and various quantitative measures are gathered on a quarterly basis (including social media presence, media mentions, number of registered BAC! Fighters,etc). The Partnership uses resources such as the FDA's periodic Food Safety Survey to monitor current self-reported consumer safe food handling practices. The Partnership organizes dialogue around CDC estimates of the incidence of foodborne illness as well as on current household practices and perceptions of safe food handling. We have developed a multi-year plan of action for measuring the impact of consumer food safety education against the Healthy People 2020 goals. We will begin this process in early 2013 with development of a stakeholder engagement plan that will propose a process and/or process options intended to result in the identification of a metric or metrics and data gathering options for measuring the impact of consumer safe food handling education efforts in the United States.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    PFSE delivers science-based behavioral health messaging and resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness. It can be challenging to affect behavior change and to measure the impact of behavioral health outreach efforts. We are dedicated to a process to do this. What we have accomplished: A major accomplishment is that in the past 24 months, our number of contributing organizational partners has grown from 18 to 26, and our number of BAC! Fighters has grown from 9,000 to 13,000. With regard to our commitment to 3 core focus areas we are making major strides. Some of our accomplishments include: FA1: The Partnership convenes and supports practitioner communities inside and outside government to work together to improve outcomes in food safety education. * We began a series of webinars for BAC! Fighters to involve them in meaningful learning around consumer education topics. * We convene contributing partners and invite guests to join us for conversation on strategic goals, programs and activities. * We have secured one major sponsorship pledge and expect to begin work on the National Food Safety Education Conference in the fall of 2012. FA2: The Partnership amplifies the collective efforts of thousands of partners/educators and helps them to tell the story of the impact their work has on protecting the health of consumers. * We launched a Field Educator Report blog at teamfoodsafety.org featuring the work of food safety educators. * We launched the Food Safe Families Action Pledge as a participatory tool to encourage field educators to utilize the Food Safe Families toolkit. 350 educators from 46 states have pledged to ""follow the core four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill"" * We communicate via weekly e-cards to a list of more than 13,000 BAC! Fighters. FA3: The Partnership leads efforts to evaluate the impact of consumer food safety education, and anticipates needed changes in program approaches that will better align programs with intended outcomes. * We entered into a letter of agreement with a consultant for development of a concept paper that outlines a process in identifying a metrics and data gathering options for measuring the impact of consumer safe food handling education efforts in the US. What we haven't accomplished: While we have increased our overall number of engaged contributing partner organizations, the average financial contribution of these partners has gone down over the years. This year we did not meet our goal to increase annual revenue from contributing partners by $78,000. We are also determined to respond to the needs of field educators who very much want new, trusted content for use with young people. We had hoped to launch a new educational campaign for kids in 2012, but due to difficulty in securing sponsors for the campaign, we delayed the launch of this new campaign for kids until 2013.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION INC

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Shelley Feist

BIO

At the Partnership Ms. Feist has focused on bringing media attention to the Fight BAC!® consumer safe food handling
messages, and on organizational development and effectiveness. She has guided creation of the Partnership’s
Corporate Advisory Committee and the development, testing and launch of the Be Food Safe retail platform.  In the
summer of 2009 she led the development of a new consumer resource at holidayfoodsafety.org.
 
Ms. Feist has appeared on NBC’s Today Show on the topic of safe food handling for consumers.

Prior to joining PFSE, Ms. Feist was with the Pew Charitable Trusts, a private philanthropic foundation based in Philadelphia, PA where her work included an effort to assess and strengthen the policy development capacity of state-based organizations.  

Ms. Feist has worked for two U.S Senators focusing on appropriations and domestic policy.  She served as Director of Government Liaison for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under Chairman James D. Wolfensohn.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The national non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education is the only public-private collaborative that focuses exclusively on the prevention of foodborne illness at the point of consumer handling and preparation in the home. We deliver trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
 
Educating consumers about food safety is NOT the entire solution to eliminating illness.  But it is a critical aspect of prevention that cannot be ignored.  We believe that the Fight BAC!® campaign’s basic preventive practices of clean, separate, cook and chill should be common knowledge for all Americans, including kids."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Stan Hazan

NSF International

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?