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Last week, WRL’s David Pokrivnak, Olivia Gabrielle Tharp and President and organization board member Jeff LeBeau volunteered at Prescription Assistance Network’s Annual Fundraiser Blues, Brews and All That Jazz. We were honored to attend such a great cause that provides community members with the necessary medications to treat chronic disease and acute symptoms. Thanks to the Akron Beacon Journal for the mention in their article!


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CareSource Foundation grant to Prescription Assistance Network of Stark Co, Inc(PAN) pictured – Maria Ritchie, Community Education Representative at CareSource Management Group, Verna Paschal PAN Pharmacist, Carol Risaliti PAN Executive Director


Carol Risaliti is Honored

As seen on page 3 of the 2013 Winter Newsletter – We congratulate Carol Risaliti, the recipient of the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy Dean’s Leadership Award.  Carol is the executive director of the Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, and she received the award for her dedication to ensuring that the poor and underserved receive the best pharmaceutical services possible.  In 2002, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation led the formation and development of the Network.  Under Carol’s direction, the Network has served thousands of Stark County clients who might otherwise not have had access to crucial medications.

7/14/10 – Canton Repository –

Agency Helps People Get Medicines They Need

Where would Gloria Deeser be without the Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County? (Information has been changed to correct an error at 3:25 p.m. 7/15. See correction at end of story.) “Dead,” she says. Insulin and the 11 medications she takes daily keep Deeser going. The Prescription Assistance Network helps her get what she needs. Social agencies around the county had been trying to help people get their medicine. Many were asking local foundations for grants. As requests multiplied, foundation officers began wondering if forming a central agency might be a better way to attack the problem, said Don Sultzbach, Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation executive director. Austin-Bailey board members began discussing the idea with counterparts at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. Other organizations joined the talks. The foundations researched and determined a network would help residents who couldn’t always afford their medications. The Prescription Assistance Network formed in November 2002, with foundations pooling $170,000 to help the program get started. GRATEFUL FOR HELP Deeser is grateful for the foresight of foundation leaders. Diabetes and heart problems forced her to seek disability. But her check doesn’t provide enough to pay for health insurance, and she is too young to qualify for Medicare. Without insurance, Deeser can’t afford her medications, some of which she takes five times each day. One of her doctors directed Deeser to the Prescription Assistance Network. The agency has been wonderful, Deeser said. “They are so pleasant, are so kind to you,” she said. “There’s no excuse now-a-days not to have medications when they have programs like this one.” Carol Risaliti, the network’s executive director, said the agency is helping many people like Deeser. The goal is to aid those without resources to get their medications. “We don’t serve the people who can buy their drugs,” she said. Deeser enrolled in the program earlier this year. Risaliti said Deeser is among many new faces the agency is seeing. The number of clients has increased over the past two years as companies have closed or cut jobs, leaving people without health insurance. People who rely on medications can run into financial problems quickly. “You can drain your savings fast,” Risaliti said. GROWING PROGRAM The agency started on the Mercy Medical Center campus, but late in 2009 moved to the Community Campus at Goodwill, 408 Ninth St. SW. The move allowed the Prescription Assistance Network to open a pharmacy.

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3/15/07 – Catholic Charities of Stark County Newsletter –

Prescription Assistance:  It Takes a Village…

By Daphne Stewart Their stories are similar…they have been to the emergency room, the do not have any prescription insurance, they have been out of work for several months, they have been on long-term medications for several years, they have applied for disability, etc., etc. These are just some of the scenarios we encounter every day at Catholic Charities Prescription Assistance Program, part of the Stark Prescription Assistance Network.   Usually we are able to make a quick determination of whether we are able to help fill the emergency prescriptions to meet their temporary need, but our involvement with them does not stop there. Our prescription assistance program is much more than a quick fix to our client’s immediate medication need…our concern is about the client’s total needs.  By taking the time to ask questions and listen, we can ascertain not only our client’s medical but their physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs. During a thorough assessment interview we are able to identify a broader picture of our client’s situation and therefore determine where we should direct our client for further information and follow-up.  Fortunately we are able to provide some supportive services through Catholic Charities as well as work with outside agencies that can help meet their needs. Here at Catholic Charities we can assist through our Emergency Assistance Program with rent, utilities, and food; the First Step Program can help families with pregnancy and parenting needs; our Adult Day Services can provide respite for families who are caring for an older member needing assistance; our Housing Counseling Program can help families prevent foreclosure.  Persons needing long-term medications are assisted in signing up for pharmaceutical company prescription assistance programs. In addition to our services, there are many local agencies we refer our clients to; for example, if we think our client may be eligible for Disability, Medicaid, Food Stamps, PRC, or QMB, we direct them to The Stark County Department of Jobs and Family Services. If our client has no insurance, low income and does not have an established doctor, we refer them to Western Stark Medical Clinic, Aultman Clinic, Mercy Medical Center Clinic, The Total Living Center, or the Canton Community Clinic. If they are eligible for Medicare we direct them to the Social Security Administration or The Area Agency on Aging. When the client comes to us lonely or in need of socialization we steer them to the area churches or agencies that offer support groups. Frequently, many of our clients just need someone to listen to their story; many don’t know where to turn next so most of the time they merely need to be pointed in the right direction. Temporary assistance with emergency medications is just the beginning when they call the Catholic Charities Prescription Assistance Program.  We recognize that “it takes a village” to meet the needs of an individual and we are pleased we are supported by the various area agencies in this endeavor.