In recognition of The Week of the Young Child, a national celebration, OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), is participating in the sixth annual Week of the Young Child Fun Fair, Saturday, April 20 at the George J. Mitchell Elementary School, 950 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor, N.J., from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20, and the theme is
Early Years Are Learning Years®.
Staff from OHI, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, will distribute child-themed materials and brochures describing pediatric and general services available to children and families.
OHI has several bilingual pediatricians and nurse practitioners.
According to its website, The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI, said, “A healthy adult starts with a healthy child. We have long recognized the need to provide education and healthcare to the medically underserved population, and especially to the children.”
About Ocean Health Initiatives: OHI, a federally qualified health center
(FQHC), with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; and 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; and 333 Haywood Road Manahawkin, provides comprehensive preventative and primary care, including pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, and dental health to the area's uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented residents on a sliding-fee scale,
based on an individual's or family's ability to pay.
OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call a representative in the Call Center at
either 732-552-0377, Toms River, or 732-363-6655, Lakewood. Visit www.ohinj.org. for further information.