Category Archives: Health

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Forked River

Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun program.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), is continuing its partnership with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services and will provide free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. Continue reading Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Forked River

Free Clinical Health Screenings Available to Women in Ocean County

Community Medical Center’s Community Health Services, a RWJ Barnabas Health facility, through a grant provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, coordinates the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program in Ocean County. Currently, free clinical health screenings are available to uninsured women in Ocean County.

The program provides free clinical breast examinations, mammograms, cervical exams and pap smears to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64. To qualify for the program, participants must meet specific income requirements. Continue reading Free Clinical Health Screenings Available to Women in Ocean County

RWJBARNABAS HEALTH AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATING THE STATE’S PREMIER ACADEMIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University today announced plans to partner and create the state’s largest academic health care system dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, leading-edge research and world-class health and medical education that will transform and advance health care in New Jersey.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Brian Strom provided details of the new partnership outlined in a formal Letter of Intent during a ceremony at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick.

The new venture will enhance the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the state; boost the recruitment of prominent academic, research and clinical practitioners; and strengthen the advancement of health science innovation and education. Continue reading RWJBARNABAS HEALTH AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATING THE STATE’S PREMIER ACADEMIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

State of New Jersey Dooms Thousands Struggling with Mental Illness

With the stroke of his pen on Tuesday, Governor Christie and his administration marked the end of the effective community mental health safety net in New Jersey. An appropriation in the state budget served as the last hope for community mental health providers in their fight to ensure that they can continue to provide care for the state’s most vulnerable under the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) controversial fee-for-service (FFS) funding cuts that went into effect on July 1. Without this budget appropriation, the future for New Jersey residents struggling with mental illness looks increasingly bleak. Continue reading State of New Jersey Dooms Thousands Struggling with Mental Illness

Cancer Screenings and Mammograms Available Through OHI

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations throughout Ocean County, is working with the state-sponsored program New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) to provide cancer screenings, such as mammograms, to underinsured and uninsured patients through patient referrals.

Mammograms are being offered at Health Village Imaging, 1301 NJ-72 #100, Manahawkin; Monmouth Medical Center, Jaqueline Wilentz Breast Center, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch; or Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, 600 River Avenue, Lakewood. Continue reading Cancer Screenings and Mammograms Available Through OHI

MOTHER’S DAY BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD SATURDAY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MATERNAL HEALTH ISSUES

Nathan Cattell is an active and curious toddler. With a big grin, he’s eager to explore the space between gravel and mud on recent afternoons in Fanwood. It’s a moment when most moms would be quick to reroute a dirt-bound child- but Casey Cattell, of Somerset, goes about it with a gentle and encouraging grasp of hand.  Even in these smallest moments, she’s overwhelmed by the fact that she’s alive and able to guide her son thanks to the generosity of blood donors.

On Saturday, May 13th, Cattell is hosting her first “Mother’s Day Blood Drive” in order to raise awareness of maternal health issues- specifically postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).  After a complicated pregnancy and one week after delivering Nathan, Cattell endured stage 3 PPH in the fall of 2015.  As doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick rushed to save her life, the ultimate antidote came from volunteer blood donors. Continue reading MOTHER’S DAY BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD SATURDAY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MATERNAL HEALTH ISSUES

GRAND OPENING OF NEW JERSEY’S FIRST CENTER FOR PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

One in seven women may be affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). Although temporary and treatable, it is the most common complication of childbirth with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. For this reason, on May 4, 2017, Monmouth Medical Center hosted the grand opening of its Center for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders making it the first and only hospital in New Jersey to offer a dedicated treatment Center where new and expectant mothers can receive comprehensive care for PMAD.

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Minority Health Awareness at OHI This April

Exactly what free services are available for Ocean County’s uninsured and underinsured populations? In recognition of Minority Health Awareness Month, Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), will be providing information on April 26, 27, and 28 at three of its health centers about health services, such as Rapid HIV/AIDS Test, free pregnancy tests and screenings, and information on vaccinations and immunizations. Continue reading Minority Health Awareness at OHI This April

Alzheimer’s Disease and When to Stop Driving

(Mayo Clinic) If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, he or she may not be safe on the road. Explain the risks — then provide other ways to get around.

Driving is a powerful symbol of competence and independence, besides being a routine part of adult life. But the focused concentration and quick reaction time needed for safe driving tends to decline with age. Alzheimer’s disease accelerates this process dramatically. If you’re caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, you may need to modify his or her driving – or stop his or her driving completely.

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Youth Athletes Invited to Participate in Sports Safety Clinic on June 4

With more children today playing organized sports on school, recreation or travel teams than there ever have been – and starting at a younger age than in the past – there also has been a spike in injuries, both statewide and nationally. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), in partnership with Safe Kids New Jersey, invites youth athletes in grades one through six, their parents and their coaches to learn how to “Play Safer, Smarter, Stronger, Faster” on June 4* at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, home of the Somerset Patriots.

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