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.
School-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.
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.
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.