The Ocean County Health Department and New Jersey Department of Health have issued a warning to residents about a confirmed case of measles that was discovered in Ocean County between Oct. 13 and Oct. 21. As a Federally-Qualified Health Center with locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) is reminding its patient population and the local community of the importance of receiving the measles vaccine.
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. 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.
Open enrollment dates for the 2018 period have been released for individuals and families to apply for health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations throughout Ocean and Monmouth County, is scheduling appointments with its Outreach and Enrollment Team to assist in the application process. The enrollment period begins on November 1st, 2018 and extends through December 15th, 2018.
Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only to answer questions, explain changes and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Appointments can be scheduled for any OHI Health Center.
To sign up for health insurance at the time of an appointment, enrollees must bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 Forms, or other income information; their employer’ information; and their date of birth.
To schedule an appointment call 732-363-6655. For more information about the Outreach and Enrollment department, call Nadia Hercules, outreach and promotions associate at 848-226-2857. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.
Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) a federally qualified health center (FQHC), will host a grand opening ceremony at its Freehold Health Center, located at 20 Jackson Street, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The function will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and Halloween- themed Health Fair for the public.
Invited guests include Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. In addition to the grand opening program, OHI’s Halloween Health Fair will feature community resources, trick or treating, music, games and FREE health screenings.
The Freehold Health Center is OHI’s first location in Monmouth County and ninth location in New Jersey. Additional locations include Brick, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River; as well as two School-based Wellness Programs at the Clifton Avenue Elementary School and Lakewood High School. OHI Health Centers offer primary and preventative care services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. The site is now accepting patients and operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.
If you would like to learn more about the Grand Opening or Halloween Health Fair, 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.
Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), has announced that the Brick Health Center relocated to 1610 Route 88, Suite 204 in Brick. Current and new patients may begin booking appointments.
The OHI Brick Health Center, formerly run and in current partnership with Ocean Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health, opened in June 2017 and held six exam rooms. The move, which is in the adjacent building, will nearly double the size of the Brick Health Center and allow for more services and patient access.
Patients of the Brick Health Center will continue to have access to the extensive services that OHI has to offer, including dental, podiatry, 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 Brick and the surrounding area by relocating to a larger facility to provide better accessibility to care within the community. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Ocean Medical Center and the patients we serve.”
For more information about OHI’s Brick Health Center, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719-1457. For information on OHI services or to make an appointment, visit www.ohinj.org or call (732) 363-6655.
OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean and Monmouth County, is offering flu shots for the 2018-2019 season. Flu Shots can be scheduled at all seven OHI facilities by calling (732) 363-6655 or at www.ohinj.org.
Influenza is a serious disease that can affect anyone at every age and can lead to major health issues, such as hospitalizations and even death. Symptoms can be range from mild to severe and are typically marked with fever, body aches, sore throat and headache.
Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, suggests that you get the flu shot early as the vaccine can take two weeks to take effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months or older get a flu shot between now and November. While the vaccine is effective against the Flu, it is also suggested that you frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your face and maintain proper nutrition and exercise.
OHI accepts and will work with most insurances. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 and the high dose for senior’s costs $40. Through the Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children who do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or who are recipients of Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot at no cost.
Offered at all sites are the preservative free and egg free versions of the vaccine.
For questions about the flu shot program, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719-1570.
New Health Center opens in Freehold offering primary and preventative healthcare
FREEHOLD, New Jersey – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) a federally qualified health center (FQHC), has opened a new location at 20 Jackson Street in Freehold. The Health Center, OHI’s first location in Monmouth County, is now accepting patients and operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.
This is OHI’s ninth location in New Jersey, including Health Centers in Ocean County that include Brick, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester and Toms River; as well as two School-based Wellness Programs at the Clifton Avenue Elementary School and Lakewood Highschool in Lakewood. OHI Health Centers offer primary and preventative care services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
The site has seven, state-of-the-art exam rooms and is offering internal and family medicine, with more services planned. Additional OHI services offered at its other locations include pediatrics, dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services and pharmacy. Patients also have access to on-site LabCorp services and an award-winning patient portal.
If you would like to learn more about the Freehold Health Center, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at (732) 719-9026. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.
NEPTUNE, NJ– Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), will be participating in National HIV Testing Day Wednesday, June 27, by bringing awareness to the importance of HIV testing. OHI offers FREE Rapid and Confidential Testing at both its Lakewood and Toms River Health Centers with results while you wait.
National HIV Testing Day is recognized in June, focusing on testing, prevention and early diagnosis of HIV. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in seven people could be living with HIV and not know they have it. Knowing your status is the first step in taking control of your sexual health.
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 www.ohinj.org.