Monthly Archives: January 2014

OHI and Give Kids a Smile (GKAS): Free Dental Screenings!

GKAS LogoKids should be smiling a lot on Friday, February 7, 2014, after they receive toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste donated by the American Dental Association for participating in Give Kids a Smile Day sponsored by OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified healthcare center.

In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, OHI under the auspices of New Jersey Dental Association is providing free dental screenings to children 12 and under, regardless of insurance, on February 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The free screening includes a dental exam, X-rays as needed, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments, and free dental hygiene materials, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

Dentists can see children at either OHI’s Lakewood office, 101 Second Street or OHI’s Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road. Because space is limited, appointments must be scheduled two weeks ahead of time.

School nurses will provide a consent form and a medical history form, which children must bring to their appointment. Call the OHI Call Center at 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment in either English or Spanish.

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 and Toms River sites Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, now celebrating its 12th year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and provides oral health education to all children despite their economic status.

OHI Announces Its 2014 Board of Directors

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin has announced its 2014 Board of Directors.

The 2014 OHI executive board is made up of Chairman Jorge Rod, Jackson, CEO and owner of JA Rod Associations, and the publisher of Latinos Unidos of New Jersey and the Ocean County Jewish Journal; Vice Chairman Dr. Anthony Lombardino, Millstone Township, a board-certified neurologist; Secretary Danny Goldberg, Lakewood, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County and adjunct professor at Ocean County College; and Treasurer Catherine Ainora, Millstone Township, senior vice president of System Development and Planning, and a member of the Executive Leadership Committee of Barnabas Health.

Other 2014 OHI board members include Alexander Torres, administrative assistant to the director of the Educational Support Services Department at St. Francis Community Center, and a pastor and worship leader in the Hispanic community of The Church of Grace and Peace, Toms River; Debra Levinson, regional director for the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, a regional chronic disease coalition, grant-funded by the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, N.J. Department of Health; John Craddox, athletic director at Lakewood High School where he was principal of the Oak Street School; Odelind Lewis, licensed clinical social worker who was director of Brookdale Community College’s Asbury Park satellite campus; and Zarita Mattox, the chief librarian of the Ocean County Library, Toms River branch.

OHI provides comprehensive preventative and primary health and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured populations in Ocean County, N.J., at several locations: 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood; and the Mobile Medical Unit outside the George J. Mitchell Elementary School, 950 N. Green Street, Little Egg Harbor.

OHI increases access to care by using an affordable, sliding scale fee, and by serving patients regardless of their ability to pay. OHI employs 138 people and has 21 providers (doctors and nurse practitioners) who offer their services in such areas as dental, OB/GYN, pediatrics, podiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, and social services. In 2013, 22,399 individual patients were treated at OHI, resulting in 79,534 total patient visits. Close to 5,000 patients (4,948) received flu shots and 902 babies were delivered.

For more information about OHI’s board members visit http://ohinj.org/board-members-of-ohi.html

OHI Kicks Off National Blood Donor Month with a Blood Drive Jan.10

Jan Blood Drive - FlyerDonate blood on January 10 and receive a $5.00 gift card AND be entered in the Super Bowl Sweepstakes. OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health care center, with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, and the Central Jersey Blood Center are holding a blood drive Friday, January 10, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at OHI’s Lakewood site, 101 Second Street.

Each donor will receive a $5.00 gift card and be automatically entered in the 2014 Super Bowl Sweepstakes to win a pair of Super Bowl tickets to the February 2, 2014, game at Met Life Stadium.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment. Donors must present a valid photo or a signature ID, be 16 years of age with parental consent, be healthy and weigh at least 120 pounds. Please drink water before donating.

During the blood drive, OHI’s Health Exchange Marketplace counselors will be providing information, by appointment, about affordable health insurance coverage (Affordable Healthcare Act). Counselors will take walk ins if time is available. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carmen Lopez at 732-966-3749 (cell) or 732-363-6655 Ext. 8363 or visit ww2w.cjbcblood.org and click on Donate Now.