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Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health care center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, and Beatriz Patino, OHI’s Health Exchange Coordinator, can be seen December 1, 2013, on the Spanish-speaking television station Univision Communications Inc., Channel 17*, at 7:30 a.m.
Enrique Teutelo, a newscaster at Univision, interviews Dr. Berger and Patino about OHI, the services offered to underinsured and uninsured individuals; how OHI can help people sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, October through March; and how to determine which plans would be best for their individual situations.
OHI has established a Health Exchange Marketplace Department to assist the public in understanding information about affordable health insurance coverage in advance of the Affordable Care Act, which begins on January 1, 2014.
Dr. Berger, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OHI since April 2003. Under her leadership, OHI has opened additional sites in Toms River and Manahawkin, has added a dental department, and 2 school based programs.
Patino, has served as a community health worker in the Central Jersey Health Consortium, Lakewood and North Brunswick. There she performed community outreach for such groups as the VNA, WIC, Women’s Wellness Centers, hospital clinics, OBGYN offices, and several resource centers. Patino earned a B.A. in political science from Kean University in 2005 and anticipates earning her Masters of Social Work Clinical Practice with Families and Children in 2016 from Kean University.
*Check local stations for the Univision Channel for your area