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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.

The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger - President and CEO of OHI

Theresa Berger – President and CEO of OHI

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30th, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late.

Currently, FQHC’s service over 27 million Americans. In addition, FQHCs help to lower health care costs, create new job opportunities and help to reduce the need for hospital visits. Through this necessary funding, Health Centers are able to provide primary and preventative care services to the uninsured and underinsured populations of America. Without funding, FQHC’s would not be able to administer vaccinations, provide dental care, or offer family care services from infancy through our patient’s senior years.

For FQHCs to remain operational and continue to grow, Congress must extend the Health Center Fund and more and keep current funding levels where they are; if not raise them. If this funding cliff is not addressed, Health Centers across the country are looking at their programs being reduced by potentially 70%. This would be a devastating hit to the communities that FQHCs serve and could dramatically impact the health of the large patient populations that benefit from Health Center services. This could include the closing of nearly 2,800 Health Center Locations and a loss of more than 50,000 jobs, leaving nearly 9 million patients without the access to the care they desperately need and are currently receiving for their primary care needs.

We implore our leaders to take this message into consideration and provide a solution for this funding cliff. The health of many vulnerable patient communities depends on it.

– Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

Funding Cliff Picture

OHI to Sponsor Give Kids a Smile Dental Program

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2017 OHI #GKAS

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 mkwiatkowska@ohinj.org.

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

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