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 PromotionsDept@ohinj.org 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 PromotionsDept@ohinj.org.
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.”