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.

OHI to Participate in Give Kids a Smile Dental Program

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be sponsoring their annual Give Kids A Smile® event Friday, Feb. 2 at the Lakewood and Toms River Health Centers to provide free oral health services to children age 12 and under who are underserved in the community.

Nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many children enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year.

Give Kids a Smile is an annual program that provides free, easily accessible dental services to qualifying individuals. The event helps to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

OHI has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it. This year’s event will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St, Lakewood; and the Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River.

Throughout the year, OHI offers dental cleanings and full checkups, including X-rays and other screening procedures for children and adults. Dentists are available at the Lakewood, Toms River and Little Egg Harbor sites daily Monday through Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. Additional OHI Dental services include general exams, oral health care instruction, fluoride treatments and free dental hygiene materials, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

“FQHCs such as OHI, joining with the American Dental Association in their nationwide Action for Dental Health campaign, is a fantastic opportunity to help bring advocacy and action to the importance of dental care in the community.” said Dr. Patricia Gibbons, Dental Director at OHI. “Providing dental services at a young age is extremely important in a child’s dental health development.”

The services are free to children if they do not have insurance. If the family has insurance, the insurance company will be billed. Parents must call for an appointment. To schedule in either English or Spanish call 732-363-6655. For questions, contact Monika Kwiatkowska, dental manager, at 732-363-6655 or mkwiatkowska@ohinj.org.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile events, visit adafoundation.org/givekidsasmile. To learn more about OHI, visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI to Host Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night Celebrating 15 Years!

NEPTUNE, New Jersey – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) will host its annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.
OHI, a federally qualified health center and 501(c)(3) with eight locations throughout Ocean County, will kick off celebrations of their 15th Year Anniversary with a Diamond Themed Casino Night. All proceeds from the event will go to support health care services for Ocean and Monmouth County’s children, adults and seniors.
The fundraiser will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $200 each. Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are available and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of dinner.
For the past 15 years, OHI has been providing the community with accessible and affordable medical care services for people of all ages; regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. With state-of-the-art exam rooms at each facility and multi-specialty services, OHI continues to follow its mission to provide primary and preventative quality care to those who need it most.
Sponsorships and auction item donations that are contributed to the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser will benefit the continuing efforts of OHI. This includes but is not limited to, better medical equipment, community outreach, educational materials, vaccinations, health awareness and more. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit https://ohinj.org/fundraiser/.
For further information, tickets or sponsorship information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. The deadline for sponsorships and ad journal proofs is Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Send all ad files to fundraiser@ohinj.org.

 

Save the Date for OHI’s Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night!

Save the Date!

On Friday, February 9th from 7:00-11:00 PM, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) is hosting its annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser in honor of the organizations 15th year anniversary. This diamond studded event, set at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727, will celebrate the 15 years that OHI has been in operation, serving the underserved populations of Monmouth and Ocean County. The event will be complete with casino night, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards ultimately improving the quality of life in the community with enhanced medical care services to children, adults, and seniors; regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

OHI has been providing comprehensive primary and preventative care services to New Jersey’s uninsured and underinsured populations for the past 15 years. The increasing number of Monmouth and Ocean County families needing access to health care has resulted in OHI’s growth from one community health center in Lakewood to health centers in Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester, and Toms River. OHI also operates two school-based centers in Lakewood, one at the Clifton Avenue Grade School and another at Lakewood High School, and onsite pharmacies in Lakewood, Manchester and Little Egg Harbor; as well as a Mobile Medical Unit.

Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are also available and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of the dinner. Download the 2018 Tickets and Sponsorship packet at https://www.ohinj.org/fundraiser/2018-sponsorship-opportunities.
For further information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at office number: (732) 719-9026. The deadline for ad journal proofs is Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. Send ad files to fundraiser@ohinj.org.

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OHI Announces 10 Week Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting 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 Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course will be held every Friday 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 start of the course coincides with National Diabetes Month which is recognized in November and brings awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion signed by OHI President and CEO Theresa Berger, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, and co-facilitators Robert Hildebrandt, RDN and Israel Arroyo. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.