State Fairs

DSC05974What comes to mind when you think of state fairs? Blue ribbon competitions, carnival rides, food…and how about being entertained by rodeo clowns and bands? It’s time to add another association to that list: health education and screening. Beginning in Kansas in 1993, the Foundation partnered with Senator Bob Dole and the Hutchinson Clinic to provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to screen for prostate cancer. Since then, the Foundation has continued to collaborate with medical and Congressional partners in several states.

Honorary Congressional co-chairs of the state fair screening booths share an interest with the Foundation in reaching rural populations with messages of cancer prevention, screening and risk reduction. They often work to promote the health screening booths through local media and have a role in developing community partnerships and information delivered by the state fair screening booths. Their support of the booths through lending their efforts as Honorary co-chairs helps attract both visitors to the booth seeking information as well as local media that further promotes the topic of disease prevention beyond the physical space of the screening booth.

factIn years past, the Foundation has provided cancer screening and prevention education at state and health fairs in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Nebraska. Currently, the Foundation provides these services at fairs in Iowa and Kansas as part of the national Prevention Across America™ campaign.

This year, bring your spouse, friends and family members to a cancer screening and health education booth at one of at these state and health fairs:

Iowa State Fair – Health Awareness and Screening Booth

Where: Des Moines, IA
When: August 7 – 17, 2014
Local Medical Partner: John Stoddard Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs: Senator Chuck Grassley and Mrs. Barbara Grassley

Kansas State Fair – Bob Dole Health Awareness Booth

Where: Hutchinson, Kansas
When: September 5 – 14, 2014
Local Medical Partner: Hutchinson Clinic
Honorary Co-Chairs: Senator Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts

Iowa Skin Cancer Screenings

Where: TBD
October and November 2014 (TBD)
Local Medical Partner:
 John Stoddard Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs:
 Senator Chuck Grassley and Mrs. Barbara Grassley

Thousands of people take advantage of our health education and screening booths at their state fairs. Some fair-goers travel long distances to receive much needed screening opportunities that might not otherwise be available closer to home. “This [screening] is the only reason I come to the fair,” said a visitor at the Kansas State Fair.

All Foundation booths provide health education materials on how to reduce your cancer risk as well as different prevention and early detection screening opportunities. Some booths offer Body Mass Index (BMI) testing, cholesterol and glucose testing to emphasize the connection between healthy eating, lifestyle choices and the prevention of cancer.