Improving the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles.

The Health Department Administration Division is responsible for developing and maintaining an operational infrastructure to support the performance of public health functions and must establish effective financial management systems. Formed in 1921, the Licking County Health Department provides public health services to the 170,000 residents of Licking County. The eleven member Board of Health meets monthly to approve budgets, provide oversight, and assure the Licking County Health Department is providing exceptional public health services that meet needs of the residents.

Administrative Program Highlights



LCHD is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has established standards for the measurement of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards. Achieving accreditation in 2013, LCHD was one the first 22 health departments in the country to have reach this milestone.

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Birth and Death (Vital Records)

Vital records include birth certificates, death certificates, paternity affidavits and burial permits. The LCHD maintains records of births and deaths occurring within the Licking County Combined General Health District from 1907 to present. .....More on vitals page...

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Board of Health

The Licking County Board of Health is the Health Department's governing body of 11 representatives from across the county. Of those 11, two are appointed by the Mayor of Newark, one by the Mayor of Heath, one by the Mayor of Pataskala, and the remainder are appointed by the District Advisory Council. Members serve five-year terms.
The Licking County Board of Health meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Third Floor Conference room at LCHD. The public is welcome to attend.

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Join Our Team! Employment, Internship, and Volunteering Opportunities

LCHD is a wonderful place to work, learn, and engage in community service. Whether it's a full-time job, summer employment, student internship, or volunteering, you can make a difference and contribute to improving the health of our community!

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Health Commissioner R. Joseph (Joe) Ebel RS, MS, MBA,

Joe Ebel is the Health Commissioner of the Licking County General Health District. He has served in that role since 1999. Joe oversees all aspects of Public Health in the Licking County and directs the Licking County Health Department staff of 70 serving 25 townships, 11 villages and three cities and supporting the over 170,000 residents of the county.
Joe has 30 years of Public Health experience. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Geology at Oberlin College in 1985. He went on to earn his Master Degree in Environmental Management, and a Master in Business Administration, from the University of Findlay. Joe is also a State of Ohio Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian.
Joe led a successful initiative to pass smoke-free indoor air ordinances in Newark, Heath and Granville in 2005 and 2006. He also coordinated the merger of the Newark City and Licking County Health Departments by gaining the support of township trustees, village mayors, city mayors and city councils, resulting in the successful merger after nearly 50 years of on-and-off attempts. Joe led LCHD to achieving National Accreditation in 2013, one of the first 22 departments in the nation to be granted this recognition.
Joe serves on a variety of state and local coalitions and boards: Public Health Partnership of Licking County (President), Ohio Retail Food Safety Advisory Council, Ohio Public Health Association (Past President), Licking County Children and Families First Council (Past President), Association of Ohio Health Commissioners (Past District Director), Licking County Child Fatality Review Board (Chair), Licking County Community Health Improvement Committee, Licking County Drug Overdose Death Review Board, and others.

Core Values

Mission, Vision, and Values

The Mission of the Licking County Health Department is to Prevent Disease, Protect the Environment, and Promote Healthy Lifestyles for those who work, live, or play in Licking County.
Our Vision is that our work will lead to Healthy People, Living in Healthy Communities, in Licking County.
Our Core Values guide the way we approach our work, make decisions, and interact with each other, our clients and our partners.

Our Values - The Licking County Health Department Strives to Be:

  • Credible - Trusted in what we do
  • Innovative - Leader in public health
  • Responsive - Action oriented
  • Collaborative - Building strength through partnerships
  • Integrity - Acting honestly and ethically
  • Respectful - Valuing others

Strategic Planning

LCHD's strategic plan shapes and guides what the health department does and why it does it, sets forth the department’s vision, mission, guiding principles and values, and strategic priorities, and describes measurable and time-framed goals and objectives.

The Community Health Improvement plan details priorities for the larger public health system, represented by the members of the Community Health Improvement Committee.


Fiscal Stewardship

LCHD strives to be good stewards of limited local public health funds by practicing sound financial management, seeking diverse sources of funding to support local programs and services, including state, federal, and non-profit foundation grants.
Our Administrative Services Director Barbara Lanthorn, Finance Manager Anna Wollenburg, and their team assure that funds are tracked and reported in compliance with state and federal guidlines and audit standards.

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Public Health Guardian Award

The Board of Health may designate one or more individuals, agencies or programs as recipient of the Public Health Guardian Award each year. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: Board of Health members or Employees with distinguished service; elected or appointed officials whose actions have advanced or supported public health; physicians, nurses or other medical professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the community; or any individual, agency or program that has made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of public health in Licking County.