OHI to Participate in Give Kids a Smile Dental Program

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be sponsoring their annual Give Kids A Smile® event Friday, Feb. 2 at the Lakewood and Toms River Health Centers to provide free oral health services to children age 12 and under who are underserved in the community.

Nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many children enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year.

Give Kids a Smile is an annual program that provides free, easily accessible dental services to qualifying individuals. The event helps to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

OHI has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it. This year’s event will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St, Lakewood; and the Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River.

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 a.m. Additional OHI Dental services include general exams, oral health care instruction, fluoride treatments and free dental hygiene materials, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

“FQHCs such as OHI, joining with the American Dental Association in their nationwide Action for Dental Health campaign, is a fantastic opportunity to help bring advocacy and action to the importance of dental care in the community.” said Dr. Patricia Gibbons, Dental Director at OHI. “Providing dental services at a young age is extremely important in a child’s dental health development.”

The services are free to children if they do not have insurance. If the family has insurance, the insurance company will be billed. Parents must call for an appointment. To schedule in either English or Spanish call 732-363-6655. For questions, contact Monika Kwiatkowska, dental manager, at 732-363-6655 or mkwiatkowska@ohinj.org.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile events, visit adafoundation.org/givekidsasmile. To learn more about OHI, visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI to Host Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night Celebrating 15 Years!

NEPTUNE, New Jersey – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) will host its annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.
OHI, a federally qualified health center and 501(c)(3) with eight locations throughout Ocean County, will kick off celebrations of their 15th Year Anniversary with a Diamond Themed Casino Night. All proceeds from the event will go to support health care services for Ocean and Monmouth County’s children, adults and seniors.
The fundraiser will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $200 each. Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are available and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of dinner.
For the past 15 years, OHI has been providing the community with accessible and affordable medical care services for people of all ages; regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. With state-of-the-art exam rooms at each facility and multi-specialty services, OHI continues to follow its mission to provide primary and preventative quality care to those who need it most.
Sponsorships and auction item donations that are contributed to the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser will benefit the continuing efforts of OHI. This includes but is not limited to, better medical equipment, community outreach, educational materials, vaccinations, health awareness and more. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit https://ohinj.org/fundraiser/.
For further information, tickets or sponsorship information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. The deadline for sponsorships and ad journal proofs is Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Send all ad files to fundraiser@ohinj.org.


Save the Date for OHI’s Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night!

Save the Date!

On Friday, February 9th from 7:00-11:00 PM, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) is hosting its annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser in honor of the organizations 15th year anniversary. This diamond studded event, set at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727, will celebrate the 15 years that OHI has been in operation, serving the underserved populations of Monmouth and Ocean County. The event will be complete with casino night, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards ultimately improving the quality of life in the community with enhanced medical care services to children, adults, and seniors; regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

OHI has been providing comprehensive primary and preventative care services to New Jersey’s uninsured and underinsured populations for the past 15 years. The increasing number of Monmouth and Ocean County families needing access to health care has resulted in OHI’s growth from one community health center in Lakewood to health centers in Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester, and Toms River. OHI also operates two school-based centers in Lakewood, one at the Clifton Avenue Grade School and another at Lakewood High School, and onsite pharmacies in Lakewood, Manchester and Little Egg Harbor; as well as a Mobile Medical Unit.

Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are also available and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of the dinner. Download the 2018 Tickets and Sponsorship packet at https://www.ohinj.org/fundraiser/2018-sponsorship-opportunities.
For further information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at office number: (732) 719-9026. The deadline for ad journal proofs is Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. Send ad files to fundraiser@ohinj.org.


OHI Announces 10 Week Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting 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 Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course will be held every Friday 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 start of the course coincides with National Diabetes Month which is recognized in November and brings awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion signed by OHI President and CEO Theresa Berger, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, and co-facilitators Robert Hildebrandt, RDN and Israel Arroyo. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.

OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment Team is Scheduling Appointments to Assist with Open Enrollment

Open enrollment dates have been released to apply for health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations throughout Ocean County, is now scheduling appointments with its Outreach and Enrollment Team to assist in the sign-up process. Enrollment for the 2018 period begins on November 1st, 2017 and runs through December 15th, 2017.
Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only to answer questions, explain changes and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Appointments can be scheduled for any OHI Health Center.

To sign up for health insurance at the time of an appointment, enrollees must bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 Forms, or other income information; their employer’ information; and their date of birth.
In addition to scheduled appointments, the Outreach and Enrollment team will also be hosting Open Enrollment Education Sessions at the following dates and locations to assist with all ACA questions:

Little Egg Harbor Public Library, Tuesday, November 14th, 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.
290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087
(Toms River) Ocean County Library, Tuesday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.
101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Brick Branch Library, Wednesday, December 6th, 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.
301 Chambersbridge Road, Suite 2, Brick, NJ 08723

To schedule an appointment call 732-363-6655. For more information about the Outreach and Enrollment department, call Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate at 848-210-0970. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.




OHI’s Mobile Medical Unit to Conduct Dental Exams and Flu Shots for Head Start Children

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 (MMU) will be visiting several local Head Start program sites to provide dental exams and flu shots, specifically for the children in Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program for children ages three to five. The OHI medical unit includes two fully equipped exam rooms for both medical and dental services.

OHI Dentist Dr. Patricia Gibbons will be conducting the dental exams. Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, will be giving the flu shots.

Children who do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or recipients of Medicare plan A, can receive a flu shot at no cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a federally funded program offered at OHI.

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

Toms River:   Ocean County College, 1 College Drive Mon.  Oct. 16   8:30 a.m. to   4:00 p.m.

Manchester:     2950 Wilbur Avenue    Tues.  Oct. 17  8:30 a.m. to   11:30 a.m.

Berkeley:         264 First Avenue          Tues.  Oct. 17  1:00 p.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Brick:             503 Adamston Road          Mon.  Oct. 23   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Barnegat:         1 Ocean Avenue        Tues.  Oct. 24   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.


The comprehensive OHI dental services, offered at its Lakewood, Toms River, and Little Egg Harbor health centers, include general dentistry care, routine checkups, cleanings and screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, extractions, removal of decayed teeth, X-rays, and treatment of gum disease. Flu shots can be administered by appointment at all health centers by calling 732-363-6655.

For questions about the MMU, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or Lydia Sledge, health clerk with Head Start at 732-569-3635 Ext. 100. 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 www.ohinj.org.

OHI Is Offering Flu Shots at All of Its Health Centers

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center in Ocean County, is offering flu shots for 2017-18 through appointments at all six of its health centers.  Schedule flu shot appointments by calling 732-363-6655 or at www.ohinj.org.

OHI accepts and will work with most insurances. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 dollars and the high dose for seniors costs $30. Through the program Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children without insurance, are self-pay patients, or who are recipients of Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot at no cost.

OHI health centers offer preservative free, latex free, and egg-free vaccinations. The flu shot usually takes two weeks to take effect, so getting a flu shot now will protect people when the flu reaches the height of its season and help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, reminds everyone that influenza is a serious disease that can affect everyone at any age and can lead to major health issues, such as hospitalizations and even death.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends everyone six months or older  get a flu shot before the end of November. Additionally, everyone should consider getting the flu vaccine, especially the elderly, and those with chronic lung or heart disease.

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

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OHI Schedules Events to Recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) a federally qualified health center, will be hosting events from Monday, September 25 to Wednesday, September 27 to recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

OHI will be providing nutritional information, healthy eating tips, and information about how to prevent childhood obesity. Attendees will receive a healthy snack. Robert Hildebrandt, OHI’s registered dietician, will be present to answer questions.

Events will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street; Tuesday, September 26 at Brick Health Center, 1608 Route 88, Suite 207; and Wednesday, September 27 at Little Egg Harbor, 798 Route 539. Building 3.

For more information contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI National Childhood Obesity Awareness Events