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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.

Demand Growing — OHI Opens Its Fifth State-of-the-Art Health Center in Five Years

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of OHI’s (Ocean Health Initiatives) newest state-of-the-art health center in Ocean County, Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sea Oaks Medical Campus, 798 Route 539, Building 3, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087.

The OHI health center will focus on family medicine. The Little Egg Harbor facility has 12 exam rooms, four dental chairs, a pharmacy, and LabCorp. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Chris Connors have been invited to speak. David Schlick, deputy mayor of Little Egg Harbor Township; Susan Marshall, mayor of Tuckerton; and Melissa McCooley, superintendent of schools, Little Egg Harbor Township will be among the dignitaries.

Dr. Theresa Berger, president and CEO of OHI, said, “OHI is in an exciting time of continuous development, as we are opening our fifth site in the last five years.  We are proud to now offer the residents of Southern Ocean County a brand new state-of-the-art health center at a prime location.”

The opening of OHI’s news health center coincides with National Health Center Week, which recognizes the success of delivering health care through the work and programs of Community Health Centers, and raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.

OHI is a 501 (c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin and Lakehurst.  Its mission is to positively impact the health and wellness of those who are uninsured and underinsured, homeless, and people with limited English proficiency. A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay.

Attendees are invited to an open house, tours of the new facility, and light refreshments.  Information about OHI and its services will be available.  Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Kimberly Tozzi, Community Relations Coordinator by email, ktozzi@ohinj.org , or by phone (732) 719-9016 to confirm attendance and coordinate logistics.