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Legislators, and government and local officials will be attending Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) Community Family Health Fair commemorating the 50th anniversary of National Health Center Programs, rain or shine, Monday, August 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at OHI’s Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St., Lakewood, N.J.
A program to recognize health center programs and to celebrate 50 years of success in health care delivery through the work and programs of community health centers will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot next to OHI, a federally qualified health center (FQHC).
Dr. Theresa Berger, the CEO of OHI, will welcome officials and guests. Jillian Hudspeth, the president and CEO of NJPCA (New Jersey Primary Care Association), the sponsor of the Fair, will recognize the representatives from each health center in attendance and present them with honorary gifts. The Governor of New Jersey, Senator Singer and Lakewood Township have sent proclamations in honor of this event.
Confirmed speakers include Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, Regional Director, Region II, N.Y., N.J., Puerto Rico and Vermont, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Cathleen D. Bennett, Acting Commissioner of Health, New Jersey Department of Health. John Turk, administrative aide, Senator Robert Singer’s office, 30th Legislative District; Jeffrey Olsen, field representative, Congressman Tom MacArthur, U.S. House of Representatives; and Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller, Lakewood Township, are among the honored guests.
At the conclusion of the program, officials will be given a tour of OHI, and all attendees are invited to enjoy the Fair under a tent at which many organizations and vendors will provide free health screenings, health education and information, fun and games for the entire family, and giveaways. The theme of National Health Center Week 2015, August 9 -15, is America’s Health Centers: Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future. The National Health Center Week campaign is designed to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.
OHI is offering free screenings, such as dental, blood pressure, and glucose readings. As part of its Live Healthy Ocean County program, Ocean County Health Department will do screenings for lead, osteoporosis, stroke risk, blood pressure, and BMI (Body Mass Index).
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Horizon NJ Health is supplying a DJ and music, cholesterol screenings for the first 25 people, blood pressure screenings, and giveaways. United Healthcare will have a mobile unit and will provide health screenings, and giveaways. Amerigroup will also provide health education and giveaways.
National Health Center Week, recognized by health centers throughout the United States, 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.