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Announcing OHI’s First Spanish Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), a federally qualified health center, hosted its first ever Spanish 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 6, weekly one-hour sessions that offer education on how to better understand your condition and to improve your health. On Monday, eighteen attendees of the program graduated and are on the path of turning their lives to manage their diabetes. 

This kind of healthcare and support offered by OHI has never been more important, especially geared toward the Spanish speaking only population in Lakewood. About 40 percent of U.S. adults are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention. That number will climb higher for Hispanics – more than 50 percent the CDC reports. By offering a Spanish speaking only class, OHI is able to offer representation among the Latino community as well as close the accessibility gap and tackle many of the social determinants of health. Research has repeatedly found that underrepresented minorities are more likely to follow medical recommendations when doctors are more representative of their community.  

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Pictured: Eduardo Haynes, MS, RD 

“There isn’t a single person in our community who has not been touched by this horrible and chronic disease,” said Eduardo Haynes, MS, RD, the Well and Kind program coordinator and Dietitian. “Even if you don’t have it yourself, you have it in your life.” 

“It’s a disease that if you don’t manage it or control it, it will control you. That is why it is imperative to have such class, especially among our Hispanic/Latino population” Haynes said. 

Looming above the financial hardships of taking on the disease are possible complications from Type 2 diabetes such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, ischemic heart disease and stroke. 

The challenge of living with diabetes can be more difficult for people from low-income backgrounds. It’s expensive to be diabetic. Annual health care costs for diabetics are more than double than those without the condition in the United States. 

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 Pictured: Hortencia Nicales, Diabetes Management participant 

“When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I got very worried. I did not know much about it and when I heard about the program I signed up for it. I want to learn how to manage it in order to live longer for my two kids. I want to see them grow and I want to be there for them, be healthy for them.” Hortencia Nicales, one of the Well and Kind participants.  

Many diabetic patients must first accept a diagnosis of diabetes and all the changes that will be required to deal with the disease. 

The participants whom graduated on Monday, completed all six sessions received a gift card and Certificate of Completion. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Eduardo Haynes, MS, RD at ehaynes@ohinj.org. 

OHI Toms River Grand Opening

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) a federally qualified health center (FQHC), held its grand opening ceremony for its Toms River Health Center, located at 10 Stockton Drive, Toms River, NJ from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The function included a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

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Pictured (left to right): Board Member Dr. Tony Lombardino, MD., Debra Levinson, Joseph M. Casello, Dr.Theresa Berger, CEO and President of OHI, Mayor Toms Kelleher, District 11 Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joan Downey 

Invited guests included Zach McCue representing Senator Cory BookerN.J. Department of Health Denise Anderson representing Governor Phil Murphy, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joan Downey for District 11, Lynette Whiteman Outreach Coordinator for Andy Kim, Mayor Tom Kelleher, Toms RiverCouncilman Maurice Hill, Toms RiverNew Jersey Primary Care Association Jillian Hudspeth, OHI Board Members, staff, community partners and representatives from Aetna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, WellCare Health Plans, Amerigroup, First Financial Federal Credit Union, Perfect Fit Medical Supply, Wohlsen Construction Company.

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Pictured (left to right): Board Member Debra Levinson, Joseph M. Casello, District 11 Assemblyman Eric HoughtalingDr.Theresa Berger, CEO and President of OHI, Denise Anderson, District 11 Assemblywoman Joan Downey 

The new OHI Toms River Health Center, is 2 blocks down from its previous location at Lakehurst Rd. This new state of the art facility will nearly double the size reflecting the needs of our patients and allow for more services and patient access. The new building boasts 29 patient exam rooms, 5 dental suites, an onsite Pharmacy and LabCorp Services. The new Toms River Health Center will offer family and internal medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, dentistry, podiatry, chiropractor, behavioral health, social services, nutritional counseling,  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. 

If you would like to learn more about the Grand Opening contact Kristal Dias at (732) 719-9015. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org. 

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI) Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019 by hosting Community Health Fairs

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Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Brick, Freehold, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River is hosting a series of community Health Fairs in recognition of National Health Center Week 2019. The events run from August 4-10 and are part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways in which health centers are providing affordable and accessible health care. The Community Health Fairs are open to the public and will take
place rain or shine on the following days:

Tuesday, August 6th – Health and Wellness Fair
OHI Freehold 20 Jackson St. Freehold
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free haircuts, voter registration, face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings and many more family activities.

Wednesday, August 7th – Community Baby Shower and Health Fair
OHI Toms River 10 Stockton Dr. Toms River
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings, diaper drive, giveaways and many more.

Saturday, August 10 – Back to School Health and Wellness Fair
OHI Little Egg Harbor 798 Rt 539, Little Egg Harbor
10 a.m – 3 p.m
Face painting, balloon artist, free health screenings, and school supplies giveaways.

To go along with the theme of this year, the Community Health Fair will offer free screenings, health education and information, music, giveaways, and fun and games for the entire family. Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, Aetna Better Health, United Healthcare, WellCare, Edible Arrangements, First Financial Credit Union and other community partners like JBJ Soul Kitchen, NJ ReEntry, NJCEED, League of Women Voters and Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, Inc are providing health education and giveaways.

This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight health centers at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders.

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

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment or for more information about OHI’s services visit www.ohinj.org. For questions about the Community Health Fairs, contact Nadia Hercules at 848-226-2857 or nhercules@ohinj.org

OHI’s Toms River Health Center Moves to New Location

 

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Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), has announced that the Toms River Health Center relocated to 10 Stockton Dr, Toms River. Current and new patients may begin booking appointments.

The OHI Toms River Health Center move, which is 2 blocks down Lakehurst Rd. at 10 Stockton Dr., will nearly double the size and allow for more services and patient access. The new building boasts 29 patient exam rooms, 5 dental suites, an on site Pharmacy and LabCorp Services. The new Toms River Health Center will reflect the needs of our patients and will continue to have the extensive services that OHI has to offer, including dental, podiatry, chiropractor, 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 Toms River and the surrounding area by relocating to a new state of the art facility to provide better accessibility to care within the community. We look forward to providing high quality and accessible health care to our patients.”

For more information about OHI’s Toms River Health Center, contact Kristal Dias, at (732) 719-9015. For information on OHI services or to make an appointment, visit www.ohinj.org and schedule an appointment online or call (732) 363-6655.

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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.

OHI to Provide Dental Screenings for Lakewood Early Childhood Centers and Piner Elementary School

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, is providing dental screenings and services to the Lakewood school district that include general dentistry care and fluoride for preschoolers Thursday, March 30 at Lakewood Early Childhood Center (LECC) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 100 Linden Avenue; 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at 501 Ridge Avenue; and Thursday, April 6 at Piner Elementary School, 1141 E Country Line Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Screenings will be conducted in the OHI mobile medical unit (MMU). Students or their family members must complete registration and consent forms for screenings, which they can obtain at their school.

The OHI MMU provides medical and dental services to people who may not have the transportation and offers general dentistry, fluoride and screenings. More comprehensive dental services are available at OHI’s Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road; or Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3.

For questions about the MMU, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026. To make an appointment or to confirm dates, times, and locations of the mobile unit, call at 732-363-6655. If a student is cannot keep an appointment, call the OHI Call Center at 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org to schedule another appointment at one of OHI’s sites.