State Fairs

DSC_0540What 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 start the first screening and education booth at a state fair. 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 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.

Reach Statistics in 2014

  • 24,669 Visitors to the Screening and Education Booths
  • 1,554 Cancer and Primary Prevention Screenings Provided (Oral cancer, skin cancer, Body Mass Index (BMI) testing, cholesterol and glucose testing)
  • 29,721 Educational Materials and Primary Prevention Items Distributed (such as lip balm with spf and sunscreen)

In 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.

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 13 – 23, 2015
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 11 – 20, 2015
Local Medical Partner: Hutchinson Clinic
Honorary Co-Chairs: Senator Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts

Iowa Skin Cancer Screenings

Where: TBD
October and November 2015 (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 Oral Cancer Screenings, Skin Cancer Screenings, Body Mass Index (BMI) testing, cholesterol and glucose testing to emphasize the connection between healthy eating, lifestyle choices and the prevention of cancer.