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.

In years past, the Foundation has provided cancer screening and prevention education at state and health fairs in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ohio. Currently, the Foundation provides these services at fairs in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska 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:

Nebraska Black Health and Wellness Fair – Cancer Awareness and Screening Booth
Where: North Omaha, Nebraska
When: March 23, 2013
Local Medical Partner: UNMC Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs: Mike and Stephanie Johanns and Mrs. Lilibet Hagel

Cattleman’s Ball of Nebraska – Health Awareness and Screening Booth
Where: McCool Junction, NE
When:
June 7 – 8, 2013
Local Medical Partner: UNMC Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mike and Stephanie Johanns and Mrs. Lilibet Hagel

Iowa State Fair – Health Awareness and Screening Booth
Where: Des Moines, IA
When: August 8 – 18, 2013
Local Medical Partner: John Stoddard Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs: Senator Chuck Grassley and Mrs. Barbara Grassley

Nebraska State Fair – Health Awareness and Screening Booth
Where: Grand Island, NE
When:
August 23 – September 2, 2013
Local Medical Partner: UNMC Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mike and Stephanie Johanns and Mrs. Lilibet Hagel

Kansas State Fair – Bob Dole Health Awareness Booth
Where: Hutchinson, Kansas
When: September 6 – 15, 2013
Local Medical Partner: Hutchinson Clinic
Honorary Co-Chairs: Senator Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts

South Omaha Community Health Fair– Cancer Awareness and Screening Booth
Where: TBD
When:
October 2013 (TBD)
Local Medical Partner:
UNMC Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mike and Stephanie Johanns and Mrs. Lilibet Hagel

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 mammography to uninsured women or cholesterol and glucose testing to emphasize the connection between healthy eating, lifestyle choices and the prevention of cancer.

Generally these booths offer PSA screening for men over 50 through a simple blood test. In the many years since the start of this project, several men have come back to share that “screening at this booth saved my life.”

Read a powerful testimonial from a former state fairs coordinator about the importance of this screening and early detection program.