Category Archives: Lakewood

A Message for Latino Community Members of Ocean County

Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato announces the release of the Office’s latest educational video. This video was created for the· Latino Community Members of Ocean County. Concerns from this segment of the community were voiced at one of the Prosecutor’s Community Leaders Meetings. It was brought to the Prosecutor’s attention that Latino Community Members were not seeking medical attention for themselves or their loved ones when in need. It was also stated that these same Community Members were not reporting crimes to the police when they were victimized and were also not reporting vital information to the police when they witnessed a crime.

After listening to the concerns from the Latino Community Leaders, the Prosecutor formed a committee that was headed up by himself and Chief of Detectives Glen Miller. After meeting on the issue several times it was learned that the Latino Community Members had a common fear that they would be questioned and deported if they had any contact with medical professionals or the police. With careful research a video was created to dispel those fears so that these valued community members could seek the help that they needed for themselves or their children and loved ones without a constant fear that they would be sent out of the country.

The video highlights situations in which these community members would be questioned about their immigration status which could result in deportation. The video does reveal that in most situations in which a Latino Community Member would be seeking assistance from medical professionals or the police, they would not have any reason to fear deportation or questioning that would result in that. It’s goal is to ease those fears amongst Latino Community Members so they will seek and ultimately receive the help that they need when times of trouble arise.

Prosecutor Coronate would like to express his thanks to the committee for all of its time and dedication to this project. He would also like to send out a sincere thank you to all of the members of the Latino Community who contributed and assisted with the creation of this Educational Community Film.

The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger - President and CEO of OHI

Theresa Berger – President and CEO of OHI

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30th, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late.

Currently, FQHC’s service over 27 million Americans. In addition, FQHCs help to lower health care costs, create new job opportunities and help to reduce the need for hospital visits. Through this necessary funding, Health Centers are able to provide primary and preventative care services to the uninsured and underinsured populations of America. Without funding, FQHC’s would not be able to administer vaccinations, provide dental care, or offer family care services from infancy through our patient’s senior years.

For FQHCs to remain operational and continue to grow, Congress must extend the Health Center Fund and more and keep current funding levels where they are; if not raise them. If this funding cliff is not addressed, Health Centers across the country are looking at their programs being reduced by potentially 70%. This would be a devastating hit to the communities that FQHCs serve and could dramatically impact the health of the large patient populations that benefit from Health Center services. This could include the closing of nearly 2,800 Health Center Locations and a loss of more than 50,000 jobs, leaving nearly 9 million patients without the access to the care they desperately need and are currently receiving for their primary care needs.

We implore our leaders to take this message into consideration and provide a solution for this funding cliff. The health of many vulnerable patient communities depends on it.

– Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

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OHI to Sponsor Give Kids a Smile Dental Program

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Nearly one in four children ages of two to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, creating the potential for pain and disease. What about children whose families cannot afford dental services?

Well, children and their parents will have a reason to smile on Friday, February 3, 2017, because 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 (ADA) and the New Jersey Dental Association Foundation’s drive to raise awareness about untreated dental disease and to increase access to oral health care.

In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, OHI will be providing free oral health services to children 12 and under at three OHI health centers locations: Lakewood, 101 Second Street; Toms River, 301 Lakehurst Road; and Little Egg Harbor, Oaks Medical Campus,798 Route 539. Building 3. The services are free to children if they do not have insuranceIf the family does have insurance, however, the insurance company will be billed.

Many dentists will be donating their time to provide the underserved children of Ocean County, N.J., with free oral health services, such as free dental screenings that include 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.  To schedule an appointment in either English or Spanish call 732-363-6655.  For questions, contact Monika Kwiatkowska, dental manager, at 732-363-6655 or mkwiatkowska@ohinj.org.

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, Toms River and Little Egg Harbor sites daily Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, visit www.ohinj.org. or call Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.

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OHI Flu Shot Days Recognize National Influenza Vaccination Week

It’s Never Too Late to Get a Flu Shot!

ohi_flu-shot-awareness-2016In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, will be holding OHI Flu Shot Days for all age groups from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 5 through 9 in five locations.

 

  1. Monday, December 5:  –  101 Second Street, Lakewood
  2. Tuesday, December 6:  –  301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River
  3. Wednesday, December 7:  –  333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin
  4. Thursday, December 8:  –  686 Route 70, Lakehurst
  5. Friday, December 9:  –  798 Route 539. Building 3, Little Egg Harbor

The regular flu shot suitable for all ages costs $20. The high dose vaccine for seniors costs $30.

OHI is holding OHI Flu Shot Days to highlight the importance of getting the vaccine, informing patients about the benefits, and reducing the risk of contracting the flu and spreading it throughout the community.  Those who get the shot will receive a special promotional gift.

For more information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026 or visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI Now Providing Physicals for 2016-17 School Year

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) is providing physicals for all students participating in the 2016-17 sports seasons as part of its school-based wellness program at Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A, Lakewood, N.J. At their appointment for a sports physical, students will receive a free OHI bag.

Schedule an appointment for a sports physical at 732-363-6655. Same day appointments are also available. For questions or information, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016 or email ktozzi@ohinj.org.

OHI’s school-based wellness programs provide primary health care services to the students and their families. In addition to sports physicals, 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.
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OHI Is Hosting Its Annual Community Health Fair in Lakewood This August

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Manchester is hosting a community Health Fair in recognition of National Health Center Week 2016.  The Community Health Fair, open to the public, will take place rain or shine, Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Lakewood Town Square, Clifton Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets.

The Community Health Fair includes free screenings, health education and information, music, giveaways, and fun and games for the entire family.  Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, and United Healthcare are providing health education and giveaways.  Horizon NJ Health will be attending with its mobile unit to provide music; and they will be offering screenings, such as Derma Scan skin self-analysis, cholesterol and blood pressure.  United Healthcare is also attending with its mobile unit, Dr. Health E. Hound, a bilingual health educator; Caricature drawings, and a representative with information about NJ Family Care (Medicaid).

Dr. Theresa Berger, President and CEO, said, “Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services, pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry, even mental health services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate.”

Applications are available online at www.ohinj.org/nhcw2016 for vendors who would like to participate in the Community Health Fair. OHI will provide a 10 x 10 space, room for a six-foot table.  Vendors are responsible for their own tent, table, and chairs. Electricity is available upon request.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org. For questions about the Community Health Fair, contact Kim Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016 or events@ohinj.org.

 

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Visit the Outreach and Enrollment Team of OHI at The Smart Living Expo, March 13

The bilingual outreach and enrollment team of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, will be available to provide guidance about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), answer questions, explain any changes, and discuss options under Medicaid and Family Care at the Smart Living Expo, a resource for Lakewood adult population age 40 and over on Sunday, March 13, 2016, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Lake Terrace Hall, 1690 Oak Street, Lakewood, N.J. Admission is free.

The Smart Living Expo, a joint venture of Lakewood Hatzolah and The Voice of Lakewood, is an opportunity to talk with leaders in their fields of expertise to get information about multiple services and products, such as the ACA, nutrition, health, finances, fitness, home care, leisure services, and more, especially for those facing changes and challenges and need information about planning for the future.

For more information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016. For more information about the Smart Living Expo, visit www.smartlivingnj.com or call 732-813-1597 or email info@smartlivingnj.com

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.

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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.