The Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) will receive $303,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to serve 80 veterans' families in Licking and Knox counties.

The Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) will receive $303,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to serve 80 veterans' families in Licking and Knox counties.

The funds are provided through a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that provides services to very low income veteran families.

LCCH is one of 13 new SSVF grantees in Ohio and among the first to be funded in the central Ohio area. The one-year grant is expected to begin Oct. 1.

LCCH will partner with the Licking County Veterans Service Center and the Knox County Veterans Services Office, as well as the Columbus VA, the Newark Community Based Outpatient Clinic and the Licking and Knox county departments of Job and Family Services.

The new SSVF program will work with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and the State Veterans Program to address legal and employment issues faced by many veterans.

LCCH is a partner agency of the United Way of Licking County and a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of Ohio.

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) accepted two awards at the 2013 Health Care Heroes Awards, presented in Columbus by Columbus Business First.

LMHS' Active * Fit Youth Wellness Program received the Community Outreach Award, which recognizes an awareness program that educates the general community about vital healthcare issues.

Active * Fit was established in 2012 as a collaboration between LMHS and Newark Advocate Media to address the increasing incidence of childhood obesity in Licking County. Under the program, youth ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity, healthy food choices and sufficient sleep. Supervised by adults, the participants set goals and track their progress. Free, fun, health-related events help the young people progress. In four months, participants who meet their goals receive prizes that range from Xbox 360 units with fitness software to bicycles, iPods with exercise software, athletic shoes and gift cards to athletic and sporting goods stores.

Jane Melin of the Licking Memorial Hospital Pharmacy received an honorable mention award in the Care for the Underserved Award category. In 30 years at LMH, Melin has helped to shape the pharmacy's prescription policies, expanded the Employee Prescription Program, educated physicians about affordable prescription alternatives, matched indigent patients with free or reduced-cost prescriptions, counseled patients on insulin therapy and more.

For more information about Licking Memorial Hospital, visit LMHealth.org.