Corrigan discusses work with Susan G. Komen

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Shannon Corrigan discussed her passions and personal work with Susan G. Komen at the Carroll County Hometown Health Coalition meeting on Wednesday.

Corrigan works for the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (NAPHE) at North Arkansas College in Harrison, which houses the Community Health Resource Center (CHRC).

“Within the community health resource center, there is Susan G. Komen, and that is what I do,” she said.

Corrigan said NAPHE is a general resource center that provides education services and programs to healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and citizens of northern Arkansas.

As the Komen Community Manager at CHRC, she said she takes care of any questions regarding breast cancer. Even if Susan G. Komen does not offer a particular service, she said they can use other resources to help patients find that service.

Corrigan said one of the services offered is a prescription assistance program that has been in place for about 10 years.

“When people lose their health insurance, then they are sitting there without a way to get their medicines,” she said.

Corrigan said the health resource center does not store the medicine, but facilitates programs to help patients get their medications. Over the course of 10 years, she said, it has helped patients receive about $12 million in needed prescription medications.

She said the health resource center also houses many support groups for patients dealing with different diseases.

“We have these support groups, and there are several that meet at the Dream Center or meet at the library in Boone County,” she said.

She said there are support groups for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer and more. There are even support groups for caretakers, she said.

Corrigan said the health resource center even provides information such as books, literature and Internet service through two public computers.

“In this day and age, a lot of people do their research online but it’s still surprising to me how many people come in to get information,” she said.

Corrigan said some people within the community might not possess those resources.

“For me, being in the healthcare field and being an administrator for so many years, my job was to make sure everything ran smoothly,” she said. “One of the biggest things you have to do in that setting is make sure everything is paid for. It’s a big component.”

Corrigan said healthcare professionals want every patient to have what they need, but the financial aspects can be challenging.

“What’s been awesome for me with Susan G. Komen is now I get to give things away. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. It’s just awesome, and it’s just wonderful. It’s been such a blessing for me,” she said.

Corrigan continued, “Now, Susan G. Komen, they have had this grant funded for over 10 years, so it’s well over $1 million. We got this grant again this year for $115,000, and the majority of that goes to patient services,” she said.

She said what Susan G. Komen used to do was assist people who did not have insurance with payments for screenings, treatments and more up until the diagnosis of breast cancer.

“If someone is actually diagnosed with breast cancer, then usually Medicaid and other things kick in. There are other resources,” she said.

Corrigan said the neatest thing is now Susan G. Komen pays copay and coinsurance in addition to helping those without insurance make payments.

“But what you’re seeing now is people, especially with Obamacare, huge deductibles and things like that. So, once they have their screening and mammogram, that might be covered, but then they need a diagnostic service and then that deductible kicks in,” she said.

She said NAPHE also has certain things that are not sponsored by Susan G. Komen.

“We have a local fund, and what it’s for is the local people in Boone, Carroll or Newton counties who are diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.

She said there’s not a lot of money in it yet, but they are working to build up the fund.

“We started this little canister, and it’s called ‘Change for the Cure,’” she said.

Corrigan said Change for the Cure’s goal is to collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. She said the money doesn’t go to Susan G. Komen but instead it goes straight to the local fund.

“One of the things I find to be most different and moving about Susan G. Komen is that almost everyone in this room has been affected by breast cancer,” she said.

“In 2017, the estimation for diagnosis in breast cancer cases will be over 316,000 in the United States and probably still 40,000 breast cancer deaths,” she said.

Corrigan said, even though cases for men are much lower than women, they should still get examined if a lump is found.

She said she has lost two friends to cancer in her lifetime.

After Corrigan’s presentation, the Hometown Health Coalition discussed funding from the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) summit, the 2017 Teen Summit, the schedule for presenters for future meeting and how to gain more community involvement.

Renée Allison, aquatic and program manager for the Berryville Community Center, said there were four tracks offered for the ArCOP funding: Farmer’s Market, Community and School Funding, Built Environment and Worksite Wellness.

“We applied for $3,400 and we received a little over $1,600,” Allison said.

She said the coalition received $360 for the Farmer’s Market, $500 for Community and School Gardens, $300 for Built Environment and $500 for Worksite Wellness.

For the Worksite Wellness, Allison said she and coalition members Carla Mann and Lisa Holt discussed opening a lactation site for the public in the community center.

“In our east corridor, we have dressing rooms that aren’t utilized a whole lot. If we have a wedding and dance recitals, they are used, but most of the time it’s a free space,” Allison said. “If you’re a busy mom out running errands or you’re here with your kids, having a place to sit down and nurse a little one or pump would be ideal.”

The hometown health coalition then began planning the 2017 Teen Summit. Allison said they have had good luck with presenters hosting breakout sessions in the past. She said she is going to see if the Bobcat Arena is available and try to schedule the Teen Summit in October.

Allison said students will rotate through nine presenters in the morning breakout sessions, then have lunch and wrap up the day with a main speaker in the afternoon.

The Carroll County Hometown Health Coalition meets at noon on the third Wednesday of every month in the meeting room of the Berryville Community Center at 601 Dr. Spurlin Circle in Berryville. The next meeting is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, July 17.

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