Monthly Archives: February 2016

OHI to Sponsor Blood Drive February 25th 2016

One Donation Saves Three Lives!

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, with locations in Ocean County, is sponsoring a Blood Drive at 101 Second Street, Lakewood, Thursday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Central Jersey Blood Center.

Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old or be 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 120 pounds, and present a signature ID. Remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.

Appointments are optional but appreciated. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Carmen at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8363 or visit and click on “Donate Now.”

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OHI School-based Wellness Program Opens in Lakewood High School

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is now offering a school-based wellness program from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A, Lakewood, N.J.  A successful OHI school-based health center has been available in the Clifton Avenue Grade School since 2013.

DSCN4765School-based wellness programs provide primary health care services to the students and their families in the Lakewood school district area. Appointments with an OHI provider can be made for sick or well visits.

Medical services at the school-based wellness program include pediatrics, women’s health, adult medicine, health awareness and promotion, weight management and nutrition education, immunizations, behavioral health, and sports physicals, among many services.20150923_104916_resized_1[5][2]

Theresa Berger, MD, president and CEO of OHI, said, “OHI proudly offers services at the Lakewood High School and the Clifton Avenue Grade School. Our vision in our school-based wellness programs is to promote the health and well-being of school-aged children, their families and the faculty of the school district, and to provide education and encouragement to live positive, healthy life styles.

“It’s OHI’s hope that the rate of health disparities in the classroom, which directly impact a student’s learning ability, will be reduced and result in an increased graduation rate and a healthier student body.”

All patients at the school-based wellness program, must be registered patients of OHI. Parental consent forms, available at Lakewood High School and the Clifton Avenue Grade School, must be completed and on file at the school. Completed parental consent forms can be returned directly to OHI or to the school nurse.

OHI Gives Kids and Their Parents Something to Smile About

2016 GKAS

2016 GKAS

Children will have a reason to smile on Friday, February 5! In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, will be participating in Give Kids a Smile Day, a one-day program, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of the American Dental Association’s drive to bring attention to the number one childhood disease – tooth decay.

On Give Kids a Smile Day many dentists donate their time to provide the underserved children of Ocean County, NJ with free oral health services. They will be helping those children who are not getting the oral care they need by providing free dental screenings to children 12 and under if they do not have insurance. If the family does have insurance, the insurance company will be billed.

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.

Parents must call to schedule an appointment. Dentists can see children at either OHI’s Lakewood office, 101 Second Street or OHI’s Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road. 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 13th year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and provides oral health education to all children despite their economic status. In New Jersey, more than 2,500 children were seen at 166 locations statewide on Give Kids a Smile day.

For more information, visit For questions, contact Monika Kwiatkowska, dental manager, at 732-363-6655 or