SAFHER project updates

FDA Digital Symposium

December 8, 2023

Hello SAFHER Community,

FDA’s Office of Digital Transformation hosted a symposium this week to discuss the newly released FDA Information Technology (IT) Strategy for Fiscal Years 2024-2027.  Discussions included details about FDA leadership, business objectives, and innovations, followed by two Vendor Days that focus on topics relating to FDA’s IT contracts. SAFHER asked to participate in two ways.  First, we told the SAFHER story highlighting the use of human centered design and how we partner with states during development. Second, I was part of fireside chat called Embracing the Future: Exploring the FDA’s IT Strategy for Innovation and Emerging Technologies with Key Stakeholders.  A special shout out and big THANKS to Sheri Morris, Assistant Director, PA Department of Agriculture, who helped me tell the SAFHER story.      

You all are great champions of change and process improvement. AFDO is offering a great opportunity for members of your teams to learn a deliberate approach to improving business processes by efficiently identifying, analyzing, and refining each existing process to improve it and then responding to changes in business rules, data, compliance, or regulations.  Please consider passing this on. 

Participants will facilitate discussions with the Process Improvement tools within their organizations after completing the in-person Process Improvement class. Our approach is straightforward, not overengineered or overcomplicated. 

The course is designed for food and feed programs and gives them the tools necessary to facilitate and lead their programs in projects that are new, complex – or both. This course is only available to individuals currently employed by federal, state, tribal, and territorial regulatory agencies.

Note: This course requires an application. Accepted applicants will be notified at least 3 weeks before the course, at which point an invoice will be issued. Selection will be based upon a variety of criteria, including position, geographic and programmatic diversity, and location. This course is only available to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulators.  You can apply here.

$750   Non-member plus travel expenses
$400   Member plus travel expenses

January 30, 2024: 4-hour virtual meeting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
February 6-9, 2024: In-person
Four monthly calls following the course

Until next week,

Kellie P. Isaac
SAFHER Director