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OHI Flu Shot Days Recognize National Influenza Vaccination Week

It’s Never Too Late to Get a Flu Shot!

ohi_flu-shot-awareness-2016In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, will be holding OHI Flu Shot Days for all age groups from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 5 through 9 in five locations.

 

  1. Monday, December 5:  –  101 Second Street, Lakewood
  2. Tuesday, December 6:  –  301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River
  3. Wednesday, December 7:  –  333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin
  4. Thursday, December 8:  –  686 Route 70, Lakehurst
  5. Friday, December 9:  –  798 Route 539. Building 3, Little Egg Harbor

The regular flu shot suitable for all ages costs $20. The high dose vaccine for seniors costs $30.

OHI is holding OHI Flu Shot Days to highlight the importance of getting the vaccine, informing patients about the benefits, and reducing the risk of contracting the flu and spreading it throughout the community.  Those who get the shot will receive a special promotional gift.

For more information, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026 or visit www.ohinj.org.

OHI Now Providing Physicals for 2016-17 School Year

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) is providing physicals for all students participating in the 2016-17 sports seasons as part of its school-based wellness program at Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A, Lakewood, N.J. At their appointment for a sports physical, students will receive a free OHI bag.

Schedule an appointment for a sports physical at 732-363-6655. Same day appointments are also available. For questions or information, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016 or email ktozzi@ohinj.org.

OHI’s school-based wellness programs provide primary health care services to the students and their families. In addition to sports physicals, appointments with an OHI provider can be made for sick or well visits. Medical services at the school-based wellness program include pediatrics, women’s health, adult medicine, health awareness and promotion, weight management and nutrition education, immunizations, behavioral health, and sports physicals, among many services.
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Demand Growing — OHI Opens Its Fifth State-of-the-Art Health Center in Five Years

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of OHI’s (Ocean Health Initiatives) newest state-of-the-art health center in Ocean County, Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sea Oaks Medical Campus, 798 Route 539, Building 3, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087.

The OHI health center will focus on family medicine. The Little Egg Harbor facility has 12 exam rooms, four dental chairs, a pharmacy, and LabCorp. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Chris Connors have been invited to speak. David Schlick, deputy mayor of Little Egg Harbor Township; Susan Marshall, mayor of Tuckerton; and Melissa McCooley, superintendent of schools, Little Egg Harbor Township will be among the dignitaries.

Dr. Theresa Berger, president and CEO of OHI, said, “OHI is in an exciting time of continuous development, as we are opening our fifth site in the last five years.  We are proud to now offer the residents of Southern Ocean County a brand new state-of-the-art health center at a prime location.”

The opening of OHI’s news health center coincides with National Health Center Week, which recognizes the success of delivering health care through the work and programs of Community Health Centers, and raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.

OHI is a 501 (c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin and Lakehurst.  Its mission is to positively impact the health and wellness of those who are uninsured and underinsured, homeless, and people with limited English proficiency. A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay.

Attendees are invited to an open house, tours of the new facility, and light refreshments.  Information about OHI and its services will be available.  Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Kimberly Tozzi, Community Relations Coordinator by email, ktozzi@ohinj.org , or by phone (732) 719-9016 to confirm attendance and coordinate logistics.

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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Visit OHI at the Soulsational Festival 2016

Visit OHI’s (Ocean Health Initiatives) Mobile Medical Unit and tent at the 6th Annual Soulsational Festival 2016, open to the public, on Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Park, Bayville, N.J.  At the festival, OHI is offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings, giveaways, primary health care service information, and information about health insurance through the Marketplace, including Medicaid information.

OHI is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin and Lakehurst.  The Soulsational Festival is a free community service event, showcasing a variety of small business owners and practitioners collaborating to offer integrative approaches to health, wellness, and healing.

The Festival includes live music; vendors; organic, health and vegetarian options; yoga; free classes and demonstrations; a Kid Village, and more.  The mission of the Soulsational Festival is to educate and guide people to help achieve a more individual optimal wellness lifestyle.

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For information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations liaison, at 732-719-9016.  For more information about the Soulsational Festival visit http://soulsationalpressrelease.blogspot.com

OHI Announces Its 2016 Summer Hours

OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Lakehurst has announced its 2016 summer hours for all locations.  Starting this July until Tuesday, September 5 all sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Late night and Saturday appointments, not available during the summer, will resume Tuesday, September 5, 2016.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.  For questions about summer hours, contact Sasha Andino, outreach associate, at 732-363-6655, Ext. 8366summer-text-on-sand_7yY2cb

Get Your ACA Questions Answered!

Do You Have Questions about ACA?
Visit Outreach and Enrollment Associates at the Ocean County ACA LoginMall

Outreach and Enrollment associates of OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives),  are available to  answer questions and address concerns about ACA (the Affordable Care Act), and provide information about OHI’s medical services for insured, uninsured and underinsured Ocean County residents every Wednesday this May and June from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s, Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753.

OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment staff will be on site at the County Connection not only to explain any changes in ACA, and discuss options under Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare, but to provide information about OHI’s participation in the Veterans Choice Program.

The County Connection is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
It is open during mall hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. It is handicapped accessible and served by public transportation, including New Jersey Transit and Ocean Ride buses.

For more information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016.

Veterans Can Gain Access to Health Care Services at OHI

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.) a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, has been named an eligible provider in The Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program provides eligible veterans with the option to receive non-VA health care services from approved community health care providers, such as OHI, in their communities. Using this program will not have any impact on existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.

Some qualifying situations for veterans include waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care, or having to travel 40 miles or more to a VA medical facility, among others. Veterans can call 866-606-8198 to find out if they qualify or visit http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/ and schedule an appointment at OHI.

Those Veterans who do qualify should use their Veterans Choice Card, which will allow them to request OHI as their community-based primary health care provider. The Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, located on the first floor of the Ocean County One-Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, can provide additional assistance to veterans about obtaining and using their Veterans Choice Card.

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