Feb 12, 2017|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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We ought to look at united way live united. I am teary Westerfield. Joining me today I have Temi swindle and Timmy is the executive director of the cancer association of greater New Orleans welcome Brenda how you do it I'm great Terry thanks. You're joining us today united way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity. To eradicate poverty in our region. We're strategically investing in programs initiatives collaborations. And advocacy effort to meet our community's greatest needs. We have a bold vision of equitable communities are all individuals are healthy. Educated and economically stable in Jefferson Orleans Lockett is Saint Bernard saint Tammany tax Horrow. And Washington. Parishes. Attending the prevention is a big part of health care and being aware of one's body in any changes that just don't seem right. February is national cancer awareness month and that my friend is why you're here to talk about tag no cancer association of great in Orleans and all the you do your small agency but you have. A big impact here. They did people are always amazed they they lock and are opposite I think we have you know. Tons of office space and lots of employees Elliott Elliott. Three rooms in three full time employees in three part time and last year we were able to us just over 500 auction 550 people while integrating New Orleans area. Well outside and he says we do also covers and Johnson Charles and south Louisiana and did it because I just went. You're are her driver that you got a ways at different got a ways and different parishes and sections so. You're far above and beyond just the seven met or our servers are really actually cover thirteen parishes swap and great people. And three feet and go to sleep sometimes I do. All I. Know you do you've got so much going on in. No I always try to sort of program by letting people know the united way mission. And our goal which is to eradicate poverty and it really gets you thinking that even with insurance health care can be so costly. And for people with diseases like cancer treatment can often lead the really teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for some. And that is one of the many things a huge rise. To help it which patients where it. I.s through education prevention the end. Also what we do for those. Corporately. In Egypt almost. Absolutely not what things happens is. In most people do live paycheck to paycheck or you don't and I have a little in their savings they're diagnosed with the cancer they find out an interest may not for this they have. It may pay for a lot at least at my front on co pays 45 dollar co pays. They may be going to doctors treat 23 times a week and in the gonna have chemotherapy and radiation at transportation. And therefore you know it they don't have enough money to pay direct they don't have enough money to buy groceries or for the transportation back and forth. And that's lit cabinet does kinda comes and and we help cancer patients while they're in treatment miss our daughter grants are limited in some funds. But we are especially happy we had they emergency food and shelter grant yeah okay so we're able to help with needs now won't help whip. Estimates RD in the process of losing a home or being evicted but it will help with a one time assistant to rent or utilities. And it's because. Again we talk sometimes about the cancer statistics in our area. For years people thought OK we live where oil in the so called cancer court or because of big business and chemicals and oil processing and all these things. But actually that's not necessarily now and I know there's barely a lot of times what happens is in our state. Art incidence rates but higher at some summer Kelly agreed to so much higher. But when you look at the national statistics from what types of cancer we have where the same answer we'll announce his lung cancer colon cancer breast cancer. Pancreatic cancer sometimes moves up into it up or spot ports in the fifth and prostate cancer in those are the top ones in his liver leukemia. But if you think about it if you people quit smoking. And especially blunt is number why exactly are we got exact right now but does that seem like it's part of our culture because I do see more people smoking here stale. But in many places when I travel my house and I actually got to conversation last night us not on the tenth so tight lipped about it everywhere everything that we did depending outlet that site you go to winner in between 22 and 24% depending on what year that the just that the incidentally stunningly insurance up. That's why upset. But we are one of the highest states you've got some states it was California. And it was Iowa Minnesota they are down in teens and so you know you're you were really have left to be one of those states where the smoking rate. Drops dramatically and legacy lung cancer rates drop. At about smoking and so many people don't realize is smoking below your ability to fight off disease or low as your immune system. And so when your audience listens lowered you have. So many other things can come in and that's when the reason cervical cancer if you can beat many people realize this. Yes there's HP vaccinations or there or is there a correlation that's why he's not mean everything is okay you're getting to compromise don't take your compromise and you are infected with HPV and you smoke. And your immune system's compromised you know might have a higher chance of cervical cancer than someone who doesn't smoke. For a lot of times HPV and people are what have HB veto common ago but for some people cause cervical cancer. But it for just mom because there is and was a very large push for everybody to be vaccinated and as pressuring up as a member. Well I knew he was about thirteen or fourteen whatever might you know let's go to excellent students do that he has that proven. Is it that long enough suspense campaign's been going to prove it has been effective. I'll think long and actually I could not say one index that actually read it but I did just go to me up programs through LSU Health Science Center it was. It was very eye opening it filed five women with cervical cancer and it was amazing to see what these woman went through with the cervical cancer and they did talk about HPV and that some of the researchers on that documentary says. You have all girls and all boys are vaccinated against HPV. We're gonna dramatically C cervical cancer go to almost nothing I don't really almost 80% of all cervical cancers are HPV. That's amazing to me or against having so simple to do but yes the blu getting into it today the age old question there's some people war. Adamantly opposed to vaccinations anyway strip performs out. Besides that and whatever kinds of treatments are things are on the horizon right now that you're looking at a note it. We talked about a lot back let's mentioned it a bit in terms of patient services. Restoration is something you've been involved with restoration. If it's such a wonderful program. Frustration started into Linkedin. Can sport one of our our our local you know I always supporters and humbled again and orders news is she supports domestic violence and come in at the restoration project in powerhouses usually use it to start exports are up real good enough to live. And it totally dizzy enabling and Dustin Keller out California Minnesota. It. From what I assailant got together they really realize that there was. What happens when women are diagnosed with cancer breast cancer. And they have mastectomies and and they want reconstruction early on the laws aren't there for insurance companies. So Kim is very interest instrumental in getting some laws changed where just last year. If you have your interest is from mastectomies pending need to pay for the reconstruction. And so even if you change insurance companies so suppose you had. You know breast cancer five years ago and had a mastectomy now you've. Lost your job divorced widowed 32 Asian chip companies this new insurance company is supposed to. Follow up with that now not all. Surgeons tickle insurance so you really do have to kind of know your way around states can no brainer for what Andy's mastectomy or sometimes a double mastectomy so. Therefore it was just like oh well now I prosthesis yeah didn't have the Apogee has also. As the laws as I stated that they have to notify don't and they did it. They are supposed to be in woman is diagnosed that there is thus negating all given all their options. Which is so wonderful I just had a woman comic from another state. And she was very upset crying and she start talking now hollered doctor did not give her all the options she did know is available. And she just did what he said and it did not turn out what else she's actually using the restoration program. Coming to Louisiana to fix what happened in her state and I admit to something about Oliver options how the law here she just a stunt. That there's actually a law that women are to give him and all of their options I can't believe it would mean to begin with going to racket him and the others had to get together and start against this and go to the state legislator. So is on really two criteria for this does grant and that is one breast cancer have a mastectomy. And then you're having your reconstruction here in the state of Louisiana. So you could be out of state but Brad Italy and Alia we're at 96 when we've helped 96 when mrs. 2010 wow I had two applications and it just got that with the nets last week so it will be at 98 pretty soon so. Innocently ten raid at a hundred women and a proud. 9% of those women come from Louisiana so. In this is any facility in the state Louisiana a woman can apply for this and again make it clear will you to those who tuned in today. The 96 when it seemed to be 98. For the Asian women who don't have insurance or have probably just as we just need a little something else to help them get over the Albright financial what I see so many times is. This that this is so sad women lose her job in the middle of their reconstruction or cancer treatment. On they don't have enough short term disability or sickly. Sometimes we have women that their coworkers have pulled together and given them their sickly but they have to Vermont we have here reconstruction team you're going to be out of work maybe two months. And so you know you don't have income during the two months if you have a way to pay your rent to your house know and your your child care or your school tuition for your child. You know you're the breadwinner wish you luck and a lot of we see that many many times. Now dubbed the grant is available to 2500 dollars it's not for medical bills. It's your household living transportation fly eight. Hotel you're coming Ian. A lot of women sometimes you'll armed have points so it doesn't cost as much but on the food in and cougar bliss political wanna I wanna take her taxi cab whichever one but it is really nice to be able to have that cushion. And peeled com happy reconstruction and note that your rent and mortgages can be pay and it images we've heard from survivors you work with them I. I have friends. We'll talk about it it made them feel whole again. It's been very important it's not just the physiological class act and their physique how they look but it's how the U it's psychological. It's. Tipped it in their choice many women choose not to have reconstruction and that they're they're they're fine without reconstruction and those are those that want it. Did it well I have one lady right now working with she started her reconstruction in. Three years ago. And it is in medical school at the same time so she was not able to come back and complete the third part. And now she's finished as she's trying to get in her residency she wants to finish that final step. So in the day it is I just I loved that of frustration thing is just an amazing amazing. Grant for people. And when women cry on the phone that sometimes I called in to let them know that the reward academic and a driving. I call because of that winning cried as raw data because they didn't know what they were coming. We do it again such a small agencies such a big impact let's talk about some of the other things you're doing. I have a list with me but I'll let you do the honors because folks let me tell you as united way what would call an impact partners for the communities and all these things. There is never. In a financial resources. For all the services that all the people from all walks of life. Need it could be a neighbor. A family member a friend. Something can happen at any time. And especially if you're battling cancer. If it is is that it amazes me. What donations can do with her three early or directly. Two you would carry up to talk about some looks we talk about thought. Prosthesis. And scars and all kinds of evidence that people like me like they're getting treatment. Sure we have it lots of Oprah isn't any. Far scarves wigs and prosthesis someone does not have to be in treatment because some women have Kara Lawson their. So they can need a wig at any point in time for prosthesis. Those will not last very logs so we do have on grant from Susan G. Komen that really covers people in treatment the prosthesis sometimes people may be out of treatment for awhile. Susan comments wonderful they the New Orleans affiliate they every year we're able to Ryan Grant who just finished that grant and that'll be coming up in April. On to help women in treatment with co pays would column household and with medical loves our medical co pays household and transportation. And that's either right. Transportation as for taste and not feeling well being you literally had surgery. Or you're battling for your life. He may not be an acquisition or you can drop it. Delk and the other friend of us to drive you wanna help them with gas cards. Elegance and gas cards in your friend is a lot of times people that wanna help out you know they wanna do things but it can take it tolling of Princeton. So we have prosthesis give wings we have scars we have helping hands group that. Chris Shays. Hapsburg people's Selena abundance of knitted hats and they also. Crow Shay. Little. It took out a sheep movies. I funny. They actually crush it and there are indebted and so yes some people may not want to have a prosthesis we have these very light. Insert all of them put their bras and so. And that is sometimes of the prosthesis the older ones can be heavier so they they make to make a lot and new. Later on. Claussen supplies we do help people out of colossal means that had colon cancer. Cancers and it that I thought was rather prevalent here and religion it's actually the second number is like the second satisfy Israel as far as what's here as far as mortality. And so you know we've got a lot of people it's parishes is interesting I was looking at. On there's a couple of pairs is that. They have a low incidence rate of some cancers but that they have a high mortality rate that same kid and there goes back to prevention and Orrin. Investigating. If it is it health care is it you know is an insurance I don't know is it availability to get ticket is a lot of research out about you know. Zip codes in social economic status and you know health insurance and if finding out quality is pretty neat is it cultural. Could be cultural and also again I bet. As we've done research you'll see in the zip codes. Offered you the lowers he says social economic. Style or means of living yes and it really is you see that because your so busy trying to you know and have food on the table in and provide for things your kids are in school and and now you're diagnosed with something and so. We have people that might not have the money to get the transportation to there as some folks live you know 203040 miles away from treatment. And if you're going for radiation. 35 treatments five days a week that's really gonna take it hole on your budget and it's a week we tend to think because here we are in downtown New Orleans. But we forget our bedroom communities and beyond at all the other parishes in the beautiful communities there. And so India and we are driving it can't drive any people I don't think just really realized that that cost. How what ideas for that and in so many times people will. Com you know the driving back and forth and sometimes it would choose not to come skipping treatments. If they don't have money for that and wanting anyone assays we don't I really looked at you know a lot of financial. Places that give grants or give us assistance of people they go by the poverty index are they when you know how much somebody makes Arab really don't look at that. That is to meet you can make it 2000 Ozzie may 25000 algae to make a 100000 dollars a year. But if you're living still paycheck to paycheck with rented house knows now that that extra money for prescriptions you might not. And that sort of victory to end what we often push at united way because you can go online there and I hooked up to eagerly stepped. Where if you want to. Just check out and you'll be able to find out you can download a carbon amounts to or actually information about it and it you. Take it your local drugstore. And you may be able to save some money on a number if he even called Kelly wise. There's applicant family wise you can go to our website and that united way Selig united way SEL eight. Dot org and please because cat now that we've got to Jimmy give your phone number give the web cited a people who get the expertise. But several days we have our FaceBook is that cancer association of greater New Orleans very happy you are over 15100 likes now I'd like Urlacher I'd like to C 2000 sunk like a perfect because that is really seems to be the best way to get out information to people. I recently posted at your post different things I've posted. An article on chemo brain can sometimes is just a phenomenal people at Timonen did tend to be a little forgetful and it was amazing at almost 15100 people you know at least go visit that and to see was going on there so it is a good way to get on information and his friend who has said that there is very intelligent people. Astute business people. What works after battling cancer than I had etc. oh I can't remember that I know I know it but. And his just at. As V medicines and drugs are starting to kind of put it where often and also stress what you know if you're under a lot of stress you know it it's hard to think about things. Athletic Twitter account it's some cat no CAG in underscore mill. And silly to try try to keep the Twitter account that. We also have our website which is www. CAG. In dot ORG or you can just Google cancer association greater New Orleans. Can give us a call final 47335539. Did you have a 1800 numbers 18062. Full hour. 2039. Can email me it's easy as is Tammy TA MMY. I had no dot org CAG you know dot org or really trying to do that the cat milk cart as CAG you know because sometimes we do get confused with national organizations. We're not a national organization not affiliated with anybody national we've actually been around since 1958. To hit it. And been affiliated with Unita since nineteen that in any thoughts why it levee John's part of that story too because. Folks can know works here it's the old dollars raised here stays here. And helped people. From here and it's not a knock on our national association because you depend on them tumors you just mentioned some of them for funded whatever that. This is the very local. Agency count now is to help you are someone you know. Who has cancer right. Back in the 1950s sit with term permanent the research I've done there's actually a split. With us in the American cancer society and what happened was basically the funding changed and how money's being raised in inland more towards research and out to other national programs and I'm Florida actually fussed about that and said. Dollars written this in 1958 which is a daunting idea in 19501959. Day I have coats saying you know. Dollars raised to locally it's Paramount that the state local they're raised for local people they need to stay with local people. It's all across the nation a local organizations like us and that rich guy on cancer services of greater baton ridge that are similar to us to do little to the program. But they are united way agency govern batteries and they help people over there again I'm visualizing here's the fingers entwined in particular we are due date is yet so there's national programs there's resurgent. And so really when people call and wanna know with the differences is just basically you know logging in recent verses of the local patient care. And that's what we do is we do patient local care and even at people designated donate. Even if they're in another pair should the working and other payers that they want their money to stay in Tampa pairs or saint Tammany or even if they do fund raiser we had a lady that fund raiser for restoration and she wanted to money to go to a saint Tammany. Restoration I can do. And I got to give kudos to my husband John. Helped us with the database that allows us to separate everything out and keep money in the patients I can run reports. By parents the. And that's what they have at all because to some very important and also are gambling your record for your program by the and speaking of funny let's go back for just a short while because. I was so amazed at the numbers 25 dollars to fifty dollars will provide gas card to assist in the tank of gas to get back and forth to treatment. Fifty dollar provides a month supply of incontinence supplies such as adult diapers or bad ads. Or to cancer patients currently in treatment file is 100 dollars provides a month appliances for re cases. A vitally needed nutritional supplements to cancer patient who is currently in treatment and it goes on and on and so that's a little bit really can make a difference in the life of someone an extent. It doesn't people do not realize. The and did it takes a small amount of money in now with a lot of people having insurance. In the Medicaid expanded our pharmacy bills have gone down quite a bit and so people. We're worried that you know even though the bills are still two and three dollars and at least he'll keep him in the program absolutely. You know because paying two and three dollars for prescription is still is keeping that patient billing and people don't realize that two and three dollars. Our 36 cents bus fare that can make or break a patient who doesn't have the money. And that's what I just a daily talk must sleep sometimes I lose sleep making sure you answered I am concerned. We've been very lucky this year we've had several. Grants at our house awarded. Entergy was wonderful have a wonderful grant from Entergy to help cancer patients and greedy new world and Syria. Greedy new world is foundation received a grant to specifically help Orleans parish population who make above 70000 dollars because. In that grand there was some who have the money that felt that column. Yes sometimes people left out and used the camera are you kind of a middle class class person you know is working to what they're supposed to do on so we do have that Korean. We also have some fundraisers coming up. We have let's talk about some discount any rallies we have ideally people Koehler the public Huard is hot Solso summer night and did absolutely fabulous is usually in August. There's a group of salsa dancers it cotton that come out of Slidell Javier and his group and they are spectacular. And it leaving gifts also lessons to on the floor so it's so funny to see. People that never solved at the end of their try to do it makeup did pretty good and they come out ended intimate as he does the F they've never had. So that coming up in August actually in Virginia rain how to do that. Nothing else on is a wonderful group they'll wonder for a week in in June it's on June 22 through the Tony and let me say because I like to addiction is rock. Opposed are about a bitter race. Edit it edit a deal just for us reconnaissance. That elements that I believe is on the 24. And what to do and it's in if they do the same how they did last year was. As comic a crowd funding when women make women will make their bras. And they'll have cropping so. Folks talking just pink with a little girl Nazis are British is they were being warned. Outside today that he can meet somewhere than during these to little or the other end of that but they're beautiful there well done. We have local celebrities national celebrities are your friend Anthony applied to Jeffrey Greenberg country but does that not far as opposed to gallon guidelines and a group. And these are painstaking a lot of time they're made with love. It's too honors someone that they know who is. They breast cancer survivors many times and it was not about plastic out is they raise money for all cancers seen as those not just press Kansas all cancers. And and Diane lions who started this is just she's magnificent. Santa darted circle club and a bit let's just if it evidence and they do they did a wonderful job to raise money and and not only they did things throughout the entire year I'll have cocktails for a cop maps aren't. Cocktails and conversation. As what they adult do that every now and again and they'll sponsor many different things I saw them at. Humana rock and roll us on FaceBook they were out there supporting the runners so. When he's access to Gaza out the other supporting that cause. Image in the still out of stroll so it's just a little stroll will be for domestic violence themselves and also so they the united way of course interest in the sport charming cast GOP and all the folks that. New Orleans family justice center and be Yond. And involved in for quite some time now an advocacy work and getting state laws changed to protect those victims of domestic problems newbies and you talk about the we've Indian and weaving of people and it really is in a week so many you nightly organizations against the children's groups and cops and an come. The family justice center in two and one you know we all kind of in a weave together working with each other. We might have somebody come in and we can't quite help that they not a treatment for a long time. But I prefer it into 21 Leinart referred him to Catholic Charities like you know referred him to come somewhere that they will appeal to receive help. And that is something that is so important as well I'm glad you brought up to a one. Because folks that is the 24/7. Information and referral line. It's also available. They have license suicide allergist. We hope it is packet to that point but if you need someone to talk police police call 211. A hundred jobs and all the wonderful people there. They're there to help you just as keg no and united way are. And I hit what I have to we won what we've got to mention toward elite. Toured Italy currently we have we're working on it date their tour Lee was a great. Fun bike ride and hasn't been since 2011. And we are working with the folks at Tripoli to get a new day pill Burke is one of main forces they're ten. Have to hurtling back this year cellular type if it does our hope is intricately back this year. And we have a magnificent chillingly into the bike ride in the Walken and Ryan so people can do in different things and and the bike ride it's not a racist just you know it's it's healing for Wheeler in his since they've set it up fast. I'll Wheeler for eland. And is just a great opportunity to not delegate count those name out there. The raise funds to help people I've I had my vision you know we're a small office I'd like to Vienna. You know on a standalone building and and having a lot to counselors and people coming in and out. And I do need to mention one thing is the color dash is a little it's a little different things. Where the color dash and it's going to be on our website to check out our web site. This can be a virtual five K I'm not sure all the current gap does is it isn't Wendy's is going to handle it it's got rate now they're looking at the virtual five K everybody does on their own until June 1 Nixon in their videos. And if we give 5000 people in New Orleans. Did we had a huge celebration list celebrities and in band novel that I'm just kind of in talks with that right now but. Check website out a giggle at that website right now well it worked on www. CAG. In load dot ORG. Our FaceBook at. Cancer association upgrading or so until it is just so important that things you do in. We the one and it gets asked about the charge our ballot education folks and the things that go on again because this is cancer. Awareness and I it. So many things they talk about it and other folks with of the national cancer associations. Percent or guidelines for prevention. But somethings that you can do they're horrible and again quit smoking that smoking did. Actually I guess eat more healthy foods chili do arsenal his cessation of payment like to quit we have the trust affiliated with the trust. So England 34 years or older that would boost sales in a can get free medication entry counseling. Just let her baby in need program where we help pregnant women quit smoking so yep you're pregnant and you'd like to quit smoking please give us a call. And let's one more time Tammy swindle. You're the executive director of K I know that cancer association of green and Orleans. You'll be coming back leopard talk about were things day a lot of pocket cue it up. And easy given the website but FaceBook. They spoke cancer association rate in Orleans art cat not Ichi. Kiet CAG NL weird usually the person that comes up on a web search. Call 7335539. Yuriko tunnel Fuller. An idiot or anything else. I had absolutely I just ice and I can't tell you I I want these cave like I put my head on the pillow when I go to sleep and I say you know what it was a good day. We help people out people are getting what they needed I mean I I can't always help everybody but. I help those in greatest need and it's the best you can do you agree John Q thank you so much candy swindle executive director of kind of cancer association of greater New Orleans I'm Jerry Westerfield got it way up southeast Louisiana. We have a blueprint for prosperity. To eradicate poverty and our region check us out our web site united ways seal dot org. Check us out on FaceBook. Or on Twitter. And until next week can we say it short look at united.