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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 For questions about the Community Health Fairs, contact Nadia Hercules at 848-226-2857 or

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.


For information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations liaison, at 732-719-9016.  For more information about the Soulsational Festival visit

OHI Associates to Participate in Annual Baby & Children’s Fair

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center in Ocean County and a community partner of Community Medical Center, will be participating in the Annual Baby & CMC-2016-Baby-Fair(sp)Children’s Fair at Community Medical Center, 99 Highway 37 West, Toms River, Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

At the Fair, OHI’s outreach associates will provide guidance to attendees about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), answer questions, explain any changes, and discuss options under Medicaid and New Jersey FamilyCare. OHI will also give attendees information on its women’s health services and its affiliation with the hospital.

The Fair includes drawings, refreshments, and giveaways. Organizations and agencies will provide information about services available in the community. The Toms River Police Department will check children’s car seats for safety. Admission and parking are free, but registration is requested. Call 1-888-724-7123 to register or for more information.

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Visit the Outreach and Enrollment Team of OHI at The Smart Living Expo, March 13

The bilingual outreach and enrollment team of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, will be available to provide guidance about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), answer questions, explain any changes, and discuss options under Medicaid and Family Care at the Smart Living Expo, a resource for Lakewood adult population age 40 and over on Sunday, March 13, 2016, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Lake Terrace Hall, 1690 Oak Street, Lakewood, N.J. Admission is free.

The Smart Living Expo, a joint venture of Lakewood Hatzolah and The Voice of Lakewood, is an opportunity to talk with leaders in their fields of expertise to get information about multiple services and products, such as the ACA, nutrition, health, finances, fitness, home care, leisure services, and more, especially for those facing changes and challenges and need information about planning for the future.

For more information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016. For more information about the Smart Living Expo, visit or call 732-813-1597 or email

OHI to Sponsor Blood Drive February 25th 2016

One Donation Saves Three Lives!

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, with locations in Ocean County, is sponsoring a Blood Drive at 101 Second Street, Lakewood, Thursday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Central Jersey Blood Center.

Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old or be 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 120 pounds, and present a signature ID. Remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.

Appointments are optional but appreciated. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Carmen at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8363 or visit and click on “Donate Now.”

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OHI Gives Kids and Their Parents Something to Smile About

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Children will have a reason to smile on Friday, February 5! In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, 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’s drive to bring attention to the number one childhood disease – tooth decay.

On Give Kids a Smile Day many dentists donate their time to provide the underserved children of Ocean County, NJ with free oral health services. They will be helping those children who are not getting the oral care they need by providing free dental screenings to children 12 and under if they do not have insurance. If the family does have insurance, the insurance company will be billed.

The free screening includes 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. Dentists can see children at either OHI’s Lakewood office, 101 Second Street or OHI’s Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road. Call the OHI Call Center at 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment in either English or Spanish.

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 and Toms River sites Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, now celebrating its 13th year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and provides oral health education to all children despite their economic status. In New Jersey, more than 2,500 children were seen at 166 locations statewide on Give Kids a Smile day.

For more information, visit For questions, contact Monika Kwiatkowska, dental manager, at 732-363-6655 or