Category Archives: Outreach and Enrollment

OHI to Hold Men’s Health Month Awareness Events

NEPTUNE, NJ – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will host two awareness events in observance of Men’s Health Month, Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OHI Freehold Health Center, 20 Jackson Street, Suite E, Freehold; and Friday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood. OHI’s  Outreach team will be available  with information on common diseases and conditions that affect men’s health; such as colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and STD’s.

Men’s Health Month is recognized during the month of June, bringing attention to  health care for men of all ages by encouraging regular screenings and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Prevention and knowledge are key to helping catch disease early when it’s treatable.

For questions about OHI’s Men’s Health Month Awareness Events, please contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732)-719-9026. For more information about OHI or to book an appointment, call (732) 363-6655 or visit

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 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 For questions about the Community Health Fair, contact Kim Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016 or


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Outreach and Enrollment Team at OHI Is Scheduling Appointments for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Poster (2015-16 open_enrollment_eng)Do you need health insurance? The Outreach and Enrollment team at (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, are scheduling appointments to help the general public and its patients with enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which begins November 1, 2015, and ends January 31, 2016.

Sasha Andino and Carmen E. Lopez, associates of the Outreach and Enrollment Department, and other qualified OHI staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only.

Appointments can be made at four OHI sites: Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; Manahawkin Health Center, 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Manchester Health Center, Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst.

To sign up for health insurance at the time of their appointment, enrollees should bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 forms, or other income information; their employer’s information; and their date of birth. Eligible immigrants who want health coverage should bring their documents.

For Open Enrollment appointments, and questions and information about OHI’s services, call Ocean Health Initiatives at 732-363-6655. For more information, contact Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate, 848-210-0970 or Carmen Lopez at 732-966-3749.

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Visit OHI at the 2015 Elderfest Expo

Free Screenings and Outreach and Enrollment Information

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center, is participating in the Elderfest Expo hosted by Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 815 Route 37, Toms River, N.J., from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Mobile Medical Unit of OHI, staff, and members from the Outreach and Enrollment Department will provide free glucose testing and education about its medical services in Ocean County. Certified navigators from the Health Insurance Marketplace of OHI will be available to answer questions about upcoming open enrollment, and to assist the public with outreach and enrollment information.


OHI’s Free Health Insurance Education Sessions

HIM_LogoFinalThe Outreach and Enrollment Department of OHI is hosting four free health insurance education sessions this October at the Toms River Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River, N.J., in preparation for the 2016 open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.

OHI outreach and enrollment associates Carmen Lopez and Sasha Andino along with representatives from several insurance companies will explain what to expect during the upcoming open enrollment period. Enrollment for 2016 begins November 1, 2015, and ends January 31, 2016. All sessions are open to the public, and no registration is needed.
Presentations from insurance companies will begin promptly.

October 5, 2015, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey

October 7, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., AmeriHealth New Jersey

October 26, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Oscar Insurance Corporation of New Jersey

October 27, 2015, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., UnitedHealthCare


For more information on the 2016 Open Enrollment Period, visit  For same day appointments or to schedule an appointment with OHI’s outreach and enrollment associates, call (732) 363-6655. For more information, contact Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate, at (848) 210-0970


OHI Outreach Free Insurance Sessions (oct 2015 dates)

Important Dates for 2016 Enrollment: Plans and prices for 2016 will be available to preview the third week of October 2015. Open enrollment in a 2016 Marketplace plan begins November 1, 2015, and coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016. December 15, 2015, is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage that begins January 1, 2016.

On January 1, 2016, coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15. January 15, 2016, is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016. Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2016. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016. If you don’t enroll in a 2016 plan by January 31, 2016, you cannot enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.