Monthly Archives: October 2017

OHI Announces 10 Week Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting Well & Kind, a holistic diabetes self-management program designed to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their health by looking at the whole person: body, mind and emotions.

The free program consists of ten, weekly one-hour sessions that offer education on how to better understand your condition and how to improve your health. The program is designed to answer all questions and concerns over the ten-week period. Additional topics that will be discussed during the duration of this program includes lifestyle changes, healthy eating and nutrition counseling, lowering risk of complications and medication management.

This unique program is currently enrolling for interested individuals and will begin on Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course will be held every Friday during the duration of the ten weeks at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, on the third floor. Training materials will be available at no cost and a healthy snack will be provided at each session. The start of the course coincides with National Diabetes Month which is recognized in November and brings awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion signed by OHI President and CEO Theresa Berger, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, and co-facilitators Robert Hildebrandt, RDN and Israel Arroyo. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.

OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment Team is Scheduling Appointments to Assist with Open Enrollment

Open enrollment dates have been released to apply for health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations throughout Ocean County, is now scheduling appointments with its Outreach and Enrollment Team to assist in the sign-up process. Enrollment for the 2018 period begins on November 1st, 2017 and runs through December 15th, 2017.
Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only to answer questions, explain changes and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Appointments can be scheduled for any OHI Health Center.

To sign up for health insurance at the time of an appointment, enrollees must bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 Forms, or other income information; their employer’ information; and their date of birth.
In addition to scheduled appointments, the Outreach and Enrollment team will also be hosting Open Enrollment Education Sessions at the following dates and locations to assist with all ACA questions:

Little Egg Harbor Public Library, Tuesday, November 14th, 10:00 12:00 p.m.
290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087
(Toms River) Ocean County Library, Tuesday, November 21st, 10:00 12:00 p.m.
101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Brick Branch Library, Wednesday, December 6th, 10:00 1:00 p.m.
301 Chambersbridge Road, Suite 2, Brick, NJ 08723

To schedule an appointment call 732-363-6655. For more information about the Outreach and Enrollment department, call Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate at 848-210-0970. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit




OHI’s Mobile Medical Unit to Conduct Dental Exams and Flu Shots for Head Start Children

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), in partnership with the Head Start development program of O.C.E.A.N., Inc., has announced that the OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) will be visiting several local Head Start program sites to provide dental exams and flu shots, specifically for the children in Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program for children ages three to five. The OHI medical unit includes two fully equipped exam rooms for both medical and dental services.

OHI Dentist Dr. Patricia Gibbons will be conducting the dental exams. Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, will be giving the flu shots.

Children who do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or recipients of Medicare plan A, can receive a flu shot at no cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a federally funded program offered at OHI.

The OHI mobile medical unit will visit Head Start Program Sites in

Toms River:   Ocean County College, 1 College Drive Mon.  Oct. 16   8:30 a.m. to   4:00 p.m.

Manchester:     2950 Wilbur Avenue    Tues.  Oct. 17  8:30 a.m. to   11:30 a.m.

Berkeley:         264 First Avenue          Tues.  Oct. 17  1:00 p.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Brick:             503 Adamston Road          Mon.  Oct. 23   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Barnegat:         1 Ocean Avenue        Tues.  Oct. 24   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.


The comprehensive OHI dental services, offered at its Lakewood, Toms River, and Little Egg Harbor health centers, include general dentistry care, routine checkups, cleanings and screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, extractions, removal of decayed teeth, X-rays, and treatment of gum disease. Flu shots can be administered by appointment at all health centers by calling 732-363-6655.

For questions about the MMU, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or Lydia Sledge, health clerk with Head Start at 732-569-3635 Ext. 100. To make an appointment or to confirm dates, times, and locations of the mobile unit, call at 732-363-6655. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit

OHI Is Offering Flu Shots at All of Its Health Centers

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center in Ocean County, is offering flu shots for 2017-18 through appointments at all six of its health centers.  Schedule flu shot appointments by calling 732-363-6655 or at

OHI accepts and will work with most insurances. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 dollars and the high dose for seniors costs $30. Through the program Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children without insurance, are self-pay patients, or who are recipients of Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot at no cost.

OHI health centers offer preservative free, latex free, and egg-free vaccinations. The flu shot usually takes two weeks to take effect, so getting a flu shot now will protect people when the flu reaches the height of its season and help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, reminds everyone that influenza is a serious disease that can affect everyone at any age and can lead to major health issues, such as hospitalizations and even death.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends everyone six months or older  get a flu shot before the end of November. Additionally, everyone should consider getting the flu vaccine, especially the elderly, and those with chronic lung or heart disease.

For questions about the flu shot program, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570.

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