Category Archives: OHI News

OHI’s Brick Health Center Moves to New Location

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), has announced that the Brick Health Center relocated to 1610 Route 88, Suite 204 in Brick. Current and new patients may begin booking appointments.

The OHI Brick Health Center, formerly run and in current partnership with Ocean Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health, opened in June 2017 and held six exam rooms. The move, which is in the adjacent building, will nearly double the size of the Brick Health Center and allow for more services and patient access.

Patients of the Brick Health Center will continue to have access to the extensive services that OHI has to offer, including dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services and on-site pharmacies. LabCorp services are additionally available at all OHI sites, as well as access to the award-winning Patient Portal that allows patients to schedule appointments and view their medical records online.

Theresa Berger, President & CEO of OHI, said, “OHI is meeting the demand of our patient population in Brick and the surrounding area by relocating to a larger facility to provide better accessibility to care within the community. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Ocean Medical Center and the patients we serve.”

For more information about OHI’s Brick Health Center, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719-1457. For information on OHI services or to make an appointment, visit or call (732) 363-6655.


OHI is Providing the Flu Vaccine at All of Its Health Centers

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean and Monmouth County, is offering flu shots for the 2018-2019 season. Flu Shots can be scheduled at all seven OHI facilities by calling (732) 363-6655 or at

Influenza is a serious disease that can affect anyone at every age and can lead to major health issues, such as hospitalizations and even death. Symptoms can be range from mild to severe and are typically marked with fever, body aches, sore throat and headache.

Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, suggests that you get the flu shot early as the vaccine can take two weeks to take effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months or older get a flu shot between now and November. While the vaccine is effective against the Flu, it is also suggested that you frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your face and maintain proper nutrition and exercise.

OHI accepts and will work with most insurances. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 and the high dose for senior’s costs $40. Through the Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children who do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or who are recipients of Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot at no cost.

Offered at all sites are the preservative free and egg free versions of the vaccine.

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

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OHI Opens Health Center in Freehold

New Health Center opens in Freehold offering primary and preventative healthcare

FREEHOLD, New Jersey – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) a federally qualified health center (FQHC), has opened a new location at 20 Jackson Street in Freehold. The Health Center, OHI’s first location in Monmouth County, is now accepting patients and operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.

This is OHI’s ninth location in New Jersey, including Health Centers in Ocean County that include Brick, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River; as well as two School-based Wellness Programs at the Clifton Avenue Elementary School and Lakewood Highschool in Lakewood. OHI Health Centers offer primary and preventative care services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

The site has seven, state-of-the-art exam rooms and is offering internal and family medicine, with more services planned. Additional OHI services offered at its other locations include pediatrics, dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services and pharmacy. Patients also have access to on-site LabCorp services and an award-winning patient portal.

If you would like to learn more about the Freehold Health Center, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit

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OHI Observes National HIV Testing Day

NEPTUNE, NJ– Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be participating in National HIV Testing Day Wednesday, June 27, by bringing awareness to the importance of HIV testing. OHI offers FREE Rapid and Confidential Testing at both its Lakewood and Toms River Health Centers with results while you wait.

National HIV Testing Day is recognized in June, focusing on testing, prevention and early diagnosis of HIV. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in seven people could be living with HIV and not know they have it. Knowing your status is the first step in taking control of your sexual health.

OHI to Participate at JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Fair

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) will be participating at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Fair, Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Toms River Soul Kitchen located at 1769 Hooper Avenue. The event is rain or shine and will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.

The FREE Community Fair will feature healthy food prepared by the JBJ Soul Kitchen; activities and learning experiences for children; and information on local community providers regarding services and programs for both adults and children. OHI will be providing free medical and dental screenings on its Mobile Medical Unit and information on OHI Services.

The OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) brings medical and dental services to people who might not have the transportation. OHI offers comprehensive dental services at its Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River health center sites.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen is a nonprofit Community Restaurant, run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation with two locations in Red Bank and Toms River, with a mission of serving paying and in-need customers. Individuals and families can come to the JBJ Soul Kitchen to eat a delicious and nutritious farm-to-table meal in a welcoming setting. Those who can, may donate $20 to cover the cost of a meal and the cost of others. Those unable to pay may volunteer their time to earn a dining certificate that will feed them and up to 4 family members.

For more information about the Community Fair, contact Carol Trub at (732) 731-1414. For more information about the JBJ Soul Kitchen, please visit the website at For more information on OHI and its services, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026 or visit the website at

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Lakewood Community Outreach Event hosted by the Church of Grace & Peace

Lakewood, NJ – On Saturday, May 12, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be present at a Lakewood Community Outreach Event hosted by the Church of Grace & Peace, located at the Lakewood Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. OHI will be providing health screenings with it’s Mobile Medical Unit and offering information on its many services to the community. Additional services included at the event are family activities, worship and prayer events, food and clothing.

The MMU provides medical and dental services to members of the community that may not have the ability to get to a Health Center or dentist. Services include general dentistry care, fluoride and screenings. OHI offers additional and comprehensive dental screenings at the Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; or Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3, Little Egg Harbor. Additional dental services at the Health Centers include cleanings, sealants, extractions and x-rays.

For questions about the MMU, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026. If you would like to schedule the MMU, learn more information about OHI, or make an appointment, visit

OHI Announces Second Session of Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting a second session of 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 Wednesday, April 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The course will be held every Wednesday 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 focus of the course is to bring awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.

OHI to Host Information Sessions for Colorectal Cancer

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting Colorectal Cancer Information Sessions at the Brick Health Center, 1608 Route 88, Suite 207, Brick, on Thursday, March 15th; Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood, on Monday, March 19th; and at the Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, on Tuesday, March 20th. The information sessions, which start at 1:00 p.m. and go until 4:00 p.m., are in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month which takes place in March.
Included in the information sessions will be a model Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kit for display, educational materials about the risks of colorectal cancer and the opportunity to ask questions. The Fit screen kit is a non-invasive test that looks for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of cancer and precancerous polyps that can turn into cancer overtime. Samples are then sent to the lab for analysis and reviewed with your OHI provider at your scheduled appointment.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society, both men and women 50 years and older should get regular screenings for this highly preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in the United States, is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
For more information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. For more information about OHI services, please visit