Community Engagement (ways to get involved)


Community Health Improvement Committee (CHIC)

Working together toward a healthier Licking County. CHIC members represent individuals, organizations and other entities that contribute to the delivery of one or more of the essential public health services in Licking County. CHIC members established four priorities to be addressed by the group. They include obesity, tobacco use and prevention, improving access to affordable healthcare services, and mobilizing partnerships and developing strategies to address community health objectives.

A total of nine subcommittees were formed to address these priorities and they are responsible for reporting their progress to the CHIC on a quarterly basis. The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) CHIP will be evaluated on an annual basis, and any necessary modifications needed to better address the committee’s priorities will be made.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a strategic approach to community health improvement used by the committee. This tool helps communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action. The MAPP process led to the development and implementation of our (CHIP).

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Donate, Support, Sponsor Programs

Individual, club and corporate sponsorships of events and donations to support public health programs allow LCHD to expand health programs beyond what would otherwise be possible. Donations can be made directly to the Health Department, or to the Public Health Partnership of Licking County, a 501C(3) tax exempt organization.

Event sponsorships are available for our SASS for Breast Cancer events, Pink Strides 5K, Change Gears Bike Ride, Kickin' Ash Splash Pool Party, and the Licking County River Round-Up. Donations to support the Third Grade Wellness Program, Child Safety Car Seat Program, SASS for Breast Cancer, General Wellness Programs and other activities are welcome.

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Employment, Join Our Team!

LCHD is a wonderful place to work. Public health is a passion and a calling for many of our employees. While turnover in our agency is low, we do periodically have openings available and we welcome well qualified, energetic and hard working candidates to apply. LCHD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All new hires must pass a pre-employment drug screening and must agree to refrain from using tobacco products in accordance with our personnel policies. The LCHD employs Public Health Nurses, Environmental Health Sanitarians, Registered Dieticians, Certified Plumbing Inspectors, Health Educators, Dental Hygienists and Assistants, Home Visitors, Clinic Assistants, Clerical and Administrative Staff and Interns. We currently employ approximately 70 full, part-time and seasonal staff. LCHD Current Vacancies.

Recent Job Postings:

04/19/19 Maintenance Worker - Temporary
02/28/19 Environmental Health Summer Intern/Techinican (Closed)
02/07/19 Environmental Health Sanitarian (Closed)
11/13/18 Health Educator(Closed)
10/23/18 Clerk(Closed)
10/23/18 Environmental Health Sanitarian(Closed)
09/19/18 WIC Clinic Assistant (Closed)
08/29/18 WIC Dietician/Dietetic Technician (Closed)
08/20/18 Early Head Start Home Visitor (Closed)
07/31/18 Health Educator (Closed)
06/25/18 Environmental Health Program Manager (Closed)
06/11/18 Environmental Health Sanitarian (Closed)
03/30/18 Environmental Health Summer Intern (Closed)
03/29/18 Health Educator - Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (Closed)
01/18/18 Maintenance Technician (Closed)
12/12/17 Health Educator (Closed)
09/25/17 Clerk (Closed)
08/18/17 Public Health Sanitarian or Sanitarian In Training (Closed)
08/17/17 Dental Assistant Part-time/Seasonal School Based Dental Sealant Program (Closed)
06/01/17 Health Educator Full Time (Closed)
05/08/17 Health Educator Part-time\Seasonal School Based Wellness Program (Closed)
05/08/17 Dental Hygienist Part-time\Seasonal School Based Dental Sealant Program (Closed)
02/22/17 Environmental Health Summer Intern (Closed)
08/23/16 Environmental Health Sanitarian (Closed)
12/13/16 Health Educator (Closed)
10/06/16 Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) Nurse  (Closed)
09/21/16 WIC Clinic Assistant (Closed)
08/10/16 Public Health Nurse (Closed)
06/29/16 Health Educator (Closed)
06/08/16 Environmental Health Sanitarian (Closed)
05/24/16 Clerk (Closed)


Internships and Student Volunteers

Licking County Health Department volunteer opportunities, internships and preceptorships are designed to offer high school, undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain experience within a public health agency while, in some situations, offering students the opportunity to obtain academic credit. Students may perform work directly related to their academic field, or in an area of study in which they have an interest. The student must have permission from their institution before participating in this program if the internship or preceptorship will fulfill academic requirements for their course of study.

Students who participate will gain:

  • Career-related knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of the LCHD programs and services
  • Hands-on training
  • Exposure to working professionals in their area of interest
  • Opportunity to explore new careers while building on their academic studies
  • Academic credit (from some institutions)
  • In some cases, compensation to offset student expenses (rates vary)

If you are interested in an internship or volunteering at the LCHD contact: Olivia Biggs, Public Information Officer, 675 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055, (740) 349-6488,, fax: (740) 349-6510.


Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. In Licking County, more than 150 volunteers from communities in the county who work in and around the health care field are members of the MRC, and are willing and able to assist local first responders and healthcare professionals should a natural or manmade emergency occur.

The Licking County MRC is led by a coordinator at the Health Department and a Planning Committee. The Planning Committee is a group of MRC members who are responsible for steering the actions and policies of the group.

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Safe Communities Coalition

The Licking County Safe Communities Coalition is comprised of representatives from health, social, law enforcement, business, fire, emergency medical service and education organizations, as well as community leaders. Coalition meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at noon in the Unity Board Room of the health department, unless changed due to conflict. Please contact the Safe Communities Coordinator at, or (740) 349-6497, if you are interested in joining the coalition. Funded through a grant from ODPS/NHTSA.




*stand* is a youth engagement program for Ohio students ages 11 - 17 focused on tobacco prevention and cessation. Through this program, students will educate their peers and their community about tobacco use. Youth are encouraged to stand up and speak out against big tobacco. stand is a youth-led campaign; this means the students will ultimately decide the activities in which they engage. For more information about the Licking County stand teams, contact Mariah Fredritz at or (740) 349-6535.



Tobacco Use Reduction Network (TURN)

The Tobacco Use Reduction Network (TURN) is a coalition of local agencies and concerned citizens who are working to reduce the smoking rate in Licking County. Health Commissioner Joe Ebel set a goal of reducing the smoking rate by 50 percent over 10 years, from 26 percent in 2013 to 13 percent in 2023. This group has developed a strategic action plan, and is dedicated to reducing the health impacts of smoking in our youth and adults. For information on joining TURN contact Mariah Fredritz at (740) 349-6496 or

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Wellness Coalition

The Licking County Wellness Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations concerned with improving the health and wellness of Licking County's residents. Newsletters are sent out monthly. Subscribe below to our email list and receive a copy in your inbox along with wellness updates! Search for healthy activities and facilities in Licking County with our Activity Search.

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