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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.

OHI Is Hosting Its Annual Community Health Fair in Lakewood This August

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Manchester is hosting a community Health Fair in recognition of National Health Center Week 2016.  The Community Health Fair, open to the public, will take place rain or shine, Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Lakewood Town Square, Clifton Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets.

The Community Health Fair includes free screenings, health education and information, music, giveaways, and fun and games for the entire family.  Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, and United Healthcare are providing health education and giveaways.  Horizon NJ Health will be attending with its mobile unit to provide music; and they will be offering screenings, such as Derma Scan skin self-analysis, cholesterol and blood pressure.  United Healthcare is also attending with its mobile unit, Dr. Health E. Hound, a bilingual health educator; Caricature drawings, and a representative with information about NJ Family Care (Medicaid).

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

Applications are available online at www.ohinj.org/nhcw2016 for vendors who would like to participate in the Community Health Fair. OHI will provide a 10 x 10 space, room for a six-foot table.  Vendors are responsible for their own tent, table, and chairs. Electricity is available upon request.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org. For questions about the Community Health Fair, contact Kim Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016 or events@ohinj.org.

 

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