Ocean County Officials Meet New State Health Commissioner

Feb 28, 2018

The Ocean County Health Department reports the successful implementation of a multiple clinic program that facilitated the distribution of K-I (potassium iodine) pills, flu shots, health screenings and alcohol and drug awareness program information distribution and dissemination. 

The recent program was highlighted by the arrival of Shereef Elnahat, the newly appointed New Jersey health commissioner. Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County public health coordinator, introduced the commissioner to the wide variety of programs offered by the department, the largest such in the state.

“We were honored to have the new commissioner join us to observe firsthand the effective distribution of services and the compelling programs offered to serve our residents, all under one roof as we introduced our residents showing up for their K-I pills to our other health department resources,” Regenye said.

State Sen. Robert Singer (R-30th) also welcomed the commissioner and offered that “the model of service presented by the Ocean County Health Department serves as an excellent example of how residents in need can best be served by the resources made available from governmental public health.”

He said that under the guidance of Ocean County Freeholder Director and Board Liaison Gerry P. Little, the health department not only strives to provide necessary services such as immunization clinics, but also seeks to educate the public on all public health issues with particular emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention, as evidenced by the multiple programs on display at the Feb. 21 event, including driving while impaired demonstrations and available prescription drop-off. 

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, director of Administration and Program Development for the Ocean County Health Department, remarked that similar programs will be announced for the public to attend as the year progresses.

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