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.
The Licking County Board of Health has
named Licking County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Austin
Lecklider as the recipient of the 2015 Public Health Guardian
Award. The award recognizes an individual, agency or program that
has made a significant contribution to the promotion and
protection of public health in Licking County.
Public Health Guardian Award Recipients
2016 - The Canal Market District, CMD offers fresh, affordable, locally grown foods accessible to local residents. It promotes healthy eating and educates visitors about better nutrition, which is a key to improving the overall health of our community. It is the first Farmers' Market in Licking County to accept the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program are also accepted by eligible vendors.
2015 - Austin Lecklider, Mr. Lecklider is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Health Department regarding a variety of matters. He offers assistance to the department through the prosecution of public health nuisance cases, reviewing contractual agreements, and proving legal opinions to the Health Department.
2014 - Doug Smith, for his work to reduce tobacco use in
Licking County. Smith advocated to have a smoke-free work place
policies for Licking County employees and county properties, and
supported changes to promote smoking cessation in the county
health insurance policy that takes place in 2015.
2013 - Paddy Kutz, for her leadership in promoting the link between a healthy mind and body.
Paddy worked to promote good mental health and wellness in the
community, and advocated for victory over mental illness.
2012 - Ray Wagner, for 21 years of dedicated service on the
Licking County Board of Health.
2011 - Lori Dixon, for her efforts
in coordinating the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
2010 - Kay Barton, for her extraordinary support for breast cancer awareness, screening and survivor services in Licking County.
2009 - Paul George, for serving on the Board of Health from 1998
2001 when he was elected as an Etna Township trustee.
2009 - David Reeder, for serving on the Board of Health from 1997
until his death in 2008. David was recognized for his dedication
to public health and support of the LCHD.
2006 - Vera Bagent, for
volunteering hundreds of hours of her time to enter birth and
death records into a computer database, facilitating searches,
and speeding the fulfillment of vital statistics record
2005 - The Cities of Newark, Heath and the Village of Granville, for their efforts to protect the public’s health from
the hazards of environmental tobacco smoke by enacting smoke-free workplaces and public places regulations.
2004 - John D. Tegtmeyer, for 21 years of service on the Licking County Board of Health and his exceptional devotion to protecting the public's health.
The Board of Health honored the memory of John David Tegtmeyer by naming him as recipient of the 2004 Public Health Guardian Award.