Category Archives: OHI News

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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OHI to Hold Measles Vaccination Event in Lakewood

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a Federally-Qualified Health Center with locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, is hosting a Measles Vaccination Event at the Lakewood Health Center on Thursday, April 4th, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, while supplies last. The OHI Mobile Medical Unit will be at the facility providing the MMR (Measles) to any interested individuals. No appointment is required.

Due to the recent outbreak of Measles in Lakewood, OHI is taking action to best equip the local community and their patient population by providing them with essential vaccinations.

The Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air, (i.e., coughing and sneezing) and by direct contact with infectious droplets. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms of measles appear seven to 14 days after exposure and include high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. These are then followed up with white spots in the mouth and a rash that spreads downward from your head to your neck, body, arms, legs and feet.

Measles can be prevented with an MMR vaccine in both children and adults. It is recommended by the CDC that children get two doses, the first during months 12 to 15, and the second during ages 4-6. MMR Vaccines may be given as early as 6 months during outbreaks. OHI Health Centers carry the MMR Vaccine and are available for administration by appointment. Teenagers and adults may also receive the vaccine if not vaccinated during childhood.

Anyone that has been exposed or is believed to have symptoms of the measles should mention this when booking an appointment with your provider. This will ensure that proper medical procedures can be taken into effect to protect other patients and the staff from risk.

For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719-1570. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.

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OHI Adds Late Night Hours to Brick Health Center

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc (OHI), a Federally-Qualified Health Center with 7 Locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, has added late night hours to its Brick Health Center, located at 1610 Route, 88, Suite 204. Effective immediately, the new schedule is on Mondays from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., offering internal medicine, family medicine, childhood immunizations and OB/GYN services.

The OHI Brick Health Center, which moved to its new location in the fall of 2018, currently houses 12 exam rooms and offers behavioral health, nutrition counseling and LabCorp. It is opened from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, with the new-late night hours Monday until 8:00 P.M. Additional services available to all OHI patients include dental, podiatry, chiropractor, cardiology and access to any one of OHI’s pharmacies.

For more information on OHI services, please contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719 – 1570. To make an appointment, please visit our website at www.ohinj.org or call (732) 363 – 6655.OHI Brick Health Cener (1).png

OHI to Hold Preventative Services Information and Screening Events

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting educational events for the preventative services offered at their Health Centers to increase public awareness and provide screenings. The events will be held on Monday, March 18th at the Toms River Health Center, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Little Egg Harbor Health Center on Wednesday, March 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and the Lakewood Health Center, Friday, March 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  In order to help raise awareness to this disease, OHI will have information regarding colorectal cancer and the importance for screenings for this cancer. The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a noninvasive test that screens for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign for cancer.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society, both men and women 45 years and older should get regular screenings for this highly preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in the United States, is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

“It is very important to make our patients and the community aware of what screening resources are available to them,” says Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, “Knowing when to get checked for a disease can go a long way towards helping prevent complications down the road and maintain a healthy life style.”

Additional preventative services information will include Lung Cancer Screenings, Cervical Cancer and Nutrition.

For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570. For more information about OHI services or to make an appointment, please visit our website at www.ohinj.org.

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OHI to Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), will provide free preventative and restorative dental care for children ages 12 and under as part of Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, February 1st, 2019, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at the Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River Health Centers. This one-day event, which takes part during National Children’s Dental Health Month, is part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual push to bring attention to the number one childhood disease, tooth decay.

“Dental Care is critical for Children as they develop,” says Dr. Patricia Gibbons, Dental Director at OHI.  “This program, more than a decade old, will touch the lives of so many of New Jersey’s children who need oral healthcare instruction. We are very proud to be a part of it.”

Children who attend OHI’s Give Kids a Smile Day on February 1st will receive a comprehensive dental exam, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments and free dental hygiene materials including a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. For children needing continuing treatment, referrals will be made. In order to participate, parents must make an appointment by calling (732) 363 -6655. Appointments can be made at the Lakewood Health Center, located at 101 Second Street; Little Egg Harbor Health Center, located at 798 Route 539, Building 3; and the Toms River Health Center, located at 301 Lakehurst Road.

Last February, over 2,000 children participated in the program visiting nearly 100 sites across the state of New Jersey. OHI currently offers dental services at its Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River locations. Services offered include general dentistry care, cleanings, screenings, routine check-ups, fluoride treatments, sealants, extractions, x-rays, treatment of gum disease and restoration of decayed teeth.

For more information on Give Kids a Smile Day, please contact Monika Kwiatkowska, Dental Manager, at (732) 363-6655 ex 8150.  To schedule a Dental appointment, call (732) 363 -6655. To learn more about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.

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