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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 Hosts an Open House at Its Manchester Health Center

manchester-NHCW-1Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is inviting the public to an open house at its Manchester Health Center, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst, Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to debut new women’s health exam rooms and expanded OB/GYN services at this site. OHI staff will be giving free health screenings, tours, and information about all OHI services. Music and refreshments are included

OHI’s Women Health Services delivers complete and comprehensive care across all stages of a woman’s life including annual OB exams, pregnancy testing, prenatal care and delivery. OHI is excited to invite the public to come attend the Manchester Open House and get a first hand look at the new exam rooms.

If you have questions about the open house or OHI’s Women’s health Services, you should contact Kyle Fannan, marketing and development associate, at 732-719-1570.

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.