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OHI to Host Community Family Health Fair in Honor of National Health Center Week

OHI 2014 Health Fair - (NHCW Flyer - Sponsors)Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin is hosting its annual Family Health Fair to celebrate National Health Center Week, rain or shine, Saturday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Lakewood Town Square, Clifton Avenue and Third Street, Lakewood.

Free 10 x 10 foot spaces are available for vendors. To reserve a space you must email for an application by August 8.

Many organizations and vendors will provide health screenings and giveaways. OHI is offering screenings, including dental, blood pressure, and glucose readings. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and Horizon NJ Health are supplying music and screenings, such as cholesterol and dermascans (self-skin analysis); and United Healthcare will be providing blood pressure screenings and light refreshments, such as water and granola bars. NJPCA (New Jersey Primary Care Association) is contributing supplies and Health South will have information and giveaways.

The Family Health Fair includes activities, such as Zumba sessions, music, prizes, and a dance contest from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.. Please pre-register for the dance contest for teens through adults, featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary Latin and hip-hop music. Contact Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate for OHI, at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8366 or sign up the day of the event. Pre-registered groups will receive a commemorative 2014 Health Fair gift.

For more information or questions about the Family Health Fair, contact Douglas Clark at 732-719-9026 or email

National Health Center Week, August 10-16, 2014, is recognized by health centers throughout the United States. National Health Center Week was spearheaded in New Jersey by the New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA), a nonprofit corporation that represents the organizational providers and affiliates of community-based ambulatory health care statewide.

Dr. Theresa Berger, the CEO of OHI, said, “America’s community health centers are unique because they are designed to provide health care for all people from birth into their senior years regardless of their ability to pay. The medical staff and professionals in community health centers ensure their cost-effective services meet the needs of the whole patient, and include preventative care as well as chronic disease management.”

Learn to Take Control of Your Health – A Free OHI Workshop

Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or anxiety? If you or your loved one have these conditions, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), a federally qualified health center, is offering a free six-week workshop directed toward people and their caregivers with any ongoing or long-term health conditions, at OHI’s Toms River location, 301 Lakehurst Road, beginning July 10, once a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The program, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, was created by Stanford University, California, to help people with chronic health conditions get more out of life.

“We like to have couples, patients and caregivers attend because caregivers are often the ones creating new menus and keeping the patient on track so they follow doctors’ orders,” said Israel Arroyo, a patient navigator at OHI who is one of the peer leaders for the Take Control of Your Health workshop.

During the workshop, participants will learn how to manage their symptoms; get started with healthy eating and exercise; communicate effectively with their doctor; and manage fear, anger and frustration, which will make their daily tasks easier.

“Non-compliance among the chronically ill is a tremendous deterrent to living a happier life. I speak from experience and can relate to some of the things people are going through,” said Arroyo.

The workshop has been held for the past three years, in both English and Spanish, Arroyo said.

To register for the workshop, call 732-363-6655, Ext. 8383. Patients and the public can register up to the course date, but is limited to the first 12 people who register. Materials for the workshop are supplied by OHI.

7-1-14 - Take Control of Your Health - Flyer (2014 - Update)