OHI Opens Health Center in Freehold

New Health Center opens in Freehold offering primary and preventative healthcare

FREEHOLD, New Jersey – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) a federally qualified health center (FQHC), has opened a new location at 20 Jackson Street in Freehold. The Health Center, OHI’s first location in Monmouth County, is now accepting patients and operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.

This is OHI’s ninth location in New Jersey, including Health Centers in Ocean County that include Brick, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River; as well as two School-based Wellness Programs at the Clifton Avenue Elementary School and Lakewood Highschool in Lakewood. OHI Health Centers offer primary and preventative care services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

The site has seven, state-of-the-art exam rooms and is offering internal and family medicine, with more services planned. Additional OHI services offered at its other locations include pediatrics, dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services and pharmacy. Patients also have access to on-site LabCorp services and an award-winning patient portal.

If you would like to learn more about the Freehold Health Center, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.

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OHI Observes National HIV Testing Day

NEPTUNE, NJ– Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be participating in National HIV Testing Day Wednesday, June 27, by bringing awareness to the importance of HIV testing. OHI offers FREE Rapid and Confidential Testing at both its Lakewood and Toms River Health Centers with results while you wait.

National HIV Testing Day is recognized in June, focusing on testing, prevention and early diagnosis of HIV. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in seven people could be living with HIV and not know they have it. Knowing your status is the first step in taking control of your sexual health.

OHI to Hold Men’s Health Month Awareness Events

NEPTUNE, NJ – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will host two awareness events in observance of Men’s Health Month, Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OHI Freehold Health Center, 20 Jackson Street, Suite E, Freehold; and Friday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood. OHI’s  Outreach team will be available  with information on common diseases and conditions that affect men’s health; such as colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and STD’s.

Men’s Health Month is recognized during the month of June, bringing attention to  health care for men of all ages by encouraging regular screenings and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Prevention and knowledge are key to helping catch disease early when it’s treatable.

For questions about OHI’s Men’s Health Month Awareness Events, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732)-719-9026. For more information about OHI or to book an appointment, call (732) 363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI to Participate at JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Fair

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) will be participating at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Fair, Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Toms River Soul Kitchen located at 1769 Hooper Avenue. The event is rain or shine and will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.

The FREE Community Fair will feature healthy food prepared by the JBJ Soul Kitchen; activities and learning experiences for children; and information on local community providers regarding services and programs for both adults and children. OHI will be providing free medical and dental screenings on its Mobile Medical Unit and information on OHI Services.

The OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) brings medical and dental services to people who might not have the transportation. OHI offers comprehensive dental services at its Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River health center sites.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen is a nonprofit Community Restaurant, run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation with two locations in Red Bank and Toms River, with a mission of serving paying and in-need customers. Individuals and families can come to the JBJ Soul Kitchen to eat a delicious and nutritious farm-to-table meal in a welcoming setting. Those who can, may donate $20 to cover the cost of a meal and the cost of others. Those unable to pay may volunteer their time to earn a dining certificate that will feed them and up to 4 family members.

For more information about the Community Fair, contact Carol Trub at (732) 731-1414. For more information about the JBJ Soul Kitchen, please visit the website at www.jbjsoulkitchen.org. For more information on OHI and its services, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026 or visit the website at www.ohinj.org.

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Lakewood Community Outreach Event hosted by the Church of Grace & Peace

Lakewood, NJ – On Saturday, May 12, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be present at a Lakewood Community Outreach Event hosted by the Church of Grace & Peace, located at the Lakewood Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. OHI will be providing health screenings with it’s Mobile Medical Unit and offering information on its many services to the community. Additional services included at the event are family activities, worship and prayer events, food and clothing.

The MMU provides medical and dental services to members of the community that may not have the ability to get to a Health Center or dentist. Services include general dentistry care, fluoride and screenings. OHI offers additional and comprehensive dental screenings at the Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; or Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3, Little Egg Harbor. Additional dental services at the Health Centers include cleanings, sealants, extractions and x-rays.

For questions about the MMU, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026. If you would like to schedule the MMU, learn more information about OHI, or make an appointment, visit www.ohinj.org.

A Message for Latino Community Members of Ocean County

Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato announces the release of the Office’s latest educational video. This video was created for the· Latino Community Members of Ocean County. Concerns from this segment of the community were voiced at one of the Prosecutor’s Community Leaders Meetings. It was brought to the Prosecutor’s attention that Latino Community Members were not seeking medical attention for themselves or their loved ones when in need. It was also stated that these same Community Members were not reporting crimes to the police when they were victimized and were also not reporting vital information to the police when they witnessed a crime.

After listening to the concerns from the Latino Community Leaders, the Prosecutor formed a committee that was headed up by himself and Chief of Detectives Glen Miller. After meeting on the issue several times it was learned that the Latino Community Members had a common fear that they would be questioned and deported if they had any contact with medical professionals or the police. With careful research a video was created to dispel those fears so that these valued community members could seek the help that they needed for themselves or their children and loved ones without a constant fear that they would be sent out of the country.

The video highlights situations in which these community members would be questioned about their immigration status which could result in deportation. The video does reveal that in most situations in which a Latino Community Member would be seeking assistance from medical professionals or the police, they would not have any reason to fear deportation or questioning that would result in that. It’s goal is to ease those fears amongst Latino Community Members so they will seek and ultimately receive the help that they need when times of trouble arise.

Prosecutor Coronate would like to express his thanks to the committee for all of its time and dedication to this project. He would also like to send out a sincere thank you to all of the members of the Latino Community who contributed and assisted with the creation of this Educational Community Film.

OHI Announces Second Session of Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting a second session of Well & Kind, a holistic diabetes self-management program designed to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their health by looking at the whole person: body, mind and emotions.

The free program consists of ten, weekly one-hour sessions that offer education on how to better understand your condition and how to improve your health. The program is designed to answer all questions and concerns over the ten-week period. Additional topics that will be discussed during the duration of this program includes lifestyle changes, healthy eating and nutrition counseling, lowering risk of complications and medication management.

This unique program is currently enrolling for interested individuals and will begin on Wednesday, April 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The course will be held every Wednesday during the duration of the ten weeks at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, on the third floor. Training materials will be available at no cost and a healthy snack will be provided at each session. The focus of the course is to bring awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.

OHI to Host Information Sessions for Colorectal Cancer

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting Colorectal Cancer Information Sessions at the Brick Health Center, 1608 Route 88, Suite 207, Brick, on Thursday, March 15th; Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood, on Monday, March 19th; and at the Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, on Tuesday, March 20th. The information sessions, which start at 1:00 p.m. and go until 4:00 p.m., are in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month which takes place in March.
Included in the information sessions will be a model Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kit for display, educational materials about the risks of colorectal cancer and the opportunity to ask questions. The Fit screen kit is a non-invasive test that looks for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of cancer and precancerous polyps that can turn into cancer overtime. Samples are then sent to the lab for analysis and reviewed with your OHI provider at your scheduled appointment.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society, both men and women 50 years and older should get regular screenings for this highly preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in the United States, is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
For more information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. For more information about OHI services, please visit www.ohinj.org.