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 www.ohinj.org 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 www.ohinj.org.

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 www.ohinj.org.

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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 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 www.ohinj.org.

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 www.jbjsoulkitchen.org. For more information on OHI and its services, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026 or visit the website at www.ohinj.org.

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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 www.ohinj.org.

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.