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Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI) Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019 by hosting Community Health Fairs

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Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Brick, Freehold, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River is hosting a series of community Health Fairs in recognition of National Health Center Week 2019. The events run from August 4-10 and are part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways in which health centers are providing affordable and accessible health care. The Community Health Fairs are open to the public and will take
place rain or shine on the following days:

Tuesday, August 6th – Health and Wellness Fair
OHI Freehold 20 Jackson St. Freehold
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free haircuts, voter registration, face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings and many more family activities.

Wednesday, August 7th – Community Baby Shower and Health Fair
OHI Toms River 10 Stockton Dr. Toms River
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings, diaper drive, giveaways and many more.

Saturday, August 10 – Back to School Health and Wellness Fair
OHI Little Egg Harbor 798 Rt 539, Little Egg Harbor
10 a.m – 3 p.m
Face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings, and school supplies giveaways.

To go along with the theme of this year, the Community Health Fair will offer free screenings, health education and information, music, giveaways, and fun and games for the entire family. Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, Aetna Better Health, United Healthcare, WellCare, Edible Arrangements, First Financial Credit Union and other community partners like JBJ Soul Kitchen, NJ ReEntry, NJCEED, League of Women Voters and Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, Inc are providing health education and giveaways.

This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight health centers at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders.

Dr. Theresa Berger, President and CEO, said, “Every day in our waiting rooms we 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.”

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment or for more information about OHI’s services visit For questions about the Community Health Fairs, contact Nadia Hercules at 848-226-2857 or

OHI to Hold Men’s Health Month Awareness Events

NEPTUNE, NJ – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will host two awareness events in observance of Men’s Health Month, Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OHI Freehold Health Center, 20 Jackson Street, Suite E, Freehold; and Friday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood. OHI’s  Outreach team will be available  with information on common diseases and conditions that affect men’s health; such as colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and STD’s.

Men’s Health Month is recognized during the month of June, bringing attention to  health care for men of all ages by encouraging regular screenings and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Prevention and knowledge are key to helping catch disease early when it’s treatable.

For questions about OHI’s Men’s Health Month Awareness Events, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732)-719-9026. For more information about OHI or to book an appointment, call (732) 363-6655 or visit

OHI Announces Its 2017 Summer Hours

OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, Manchester, and Little Egg Harbor, has announced its 2017 summer hours for all locations. As of June 5, OHI began its summer hours of operation. All sites will be open Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., pending location. Late night and Saturday appointments, not available during the summer, will resume ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­in the fall.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit  For questions about summer hours, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.



Minority Health Awareness Days at OHI This April

Exactly what free services are available for Ocean County’s uninsured and underinsured populations? In recognition of Minority Health Awareness Month, Ocean Health Initiatives (ONational Minority Health Month LogoHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), will be providing information on April 26, 27 and 28 at three of its health centers about health services such as Rapid HIV/AIDS Test, free pregnancy tests and screenings, and information on vaccinations and immunizations.

Staff in the Outreach and Enrollment Department at OHI will be present at information tables from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 in Lakewood, 101 Second Street; on Thursday, April 27 in Toms River at 301 Lakehurst Road; and Friday, April 28 in Little Egg Harbor at 798 Route 539. Building 3.

Minority Health Awareness Month has become a national movement to raise awareness of health disparities that affect minorities. “Bridging Health Equity across Communities,” this year’s theme, brings attention to the need to make sure everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

OHI will give a promotional item to those who make an appointment for a free service or inquire about more information.

Spring Dates Set for Head Start Dental Screenings

OHI’s Mobile Medical Unit to Host Head Start Dental Exams in Ocean County

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 will be visiting several local Head Start program sites March 29 through April 5, 2017, to conduct dental exams, specifically for the children in Head Start programs.

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

Toms River:  Ocean County College, 1 College Drive  –  Wednesday,  March 29th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Barnegat:  1 Ocean Avenue  –  Friday, March 31st, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Manchester:  2950 Wilbur Avenue  –  Friday, March 31st, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Berkeley:  264 First Avenue  –   Tuesday, April 4th, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30  a.m.

Brick:  503 Adamston Road  –  Wednesday, April 5th,  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) provides medical and dental services to people who may not have the transportation. Services include general dentistry care, Fluoride and screenings on the MMU. Cleanings, sealants, extractions, x-rays and comprehensive dental services at OHI’s Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road; or Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3.

For questions about the MMU, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026 or Christie Truax, LPN, Head Start program health manager at 732-244-5333 Ext 926. 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

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OHI to Host a Blood Drive February 17

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, is hosting a Blood Drive to benefit the Central Jersey Blood Center, Friday, February 17, 2017, in its Manchester and Toms River health centers.

Make appointments in advance to give blood from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at OHI’s Manchester Health Center, Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; or from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at OHI’s Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road.

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.  Those with controlled high blood pressure, heart conditions, and diabetes can donate blood.

To make an appointment or for more information, contact Jackie Shaheed at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8338.

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Deadline Extended for OHI’s Valentine Fundraiser Ad Journal

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center and 501 (c)(3), has extended the deadline to submit ads for its Valentines’ Day fundraiser ad journal. The deadline for sponsorships and ad journal proofs to be included in the ad journal is Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Send ad files to

Enjoy dinner, dancing, and an Alice in Wonderland themed Casino Night, Friday, February 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Dr, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.  Tickets are $150 each and will support health care services for Ocean County children, adults, and seniors.

Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are available, and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of the dinner. For further information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.

All proceeds will benefit the efforts of OHI to improve the quality of life in the community through enhanced medical care services for people of all ages, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. This includes, but is not limited to, better medical equipment, community outreach, educational materials, vaccinations, health awareness, and more.

OHI has been providing comprehensive primary and preventative care services to Ocean County’s uninsured and underinsured populations for the past 13 years. The increasing number of Ocean County families needing access to health care has resulted in OHI’s continued growth throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Thank you for the support of all this year’s amazing sponsors!

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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

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 or call Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.