Awareness/Outreach and Education Programs
Before men can take control of their prostate health, they first need to be aware of their risk. The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Awareness/Outreach Program includes
APCF utilizes a variety of media platforms to get the message out that prostate cancer is a problem in our state that needs to be recognized and addressed by all Arkansans.
- Annual Blue Ribbon Campaign. September is designated nationally as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To increase awareness during September, the APCF distributes thousands of blue ribbon decals (representing prostate cancer awareness)to colleges and high schools statewide. Each football player in the participating schools will wear the Blue Ribbon Decal on his football during the month and announcements during games will draw attention to the decals and to the importance of prostate health.
- No Shave November. This campaign encourages participating corporate groups and individuals to grow facial hair during the month of November in order to recognize prostate cancer survivors and raise awareness of the disease among younger men.
- Participation in Public Expos.
APCF promotes awareness by participating at events that attract a large number of men like the Big Buck Classic, the Outdoor Expo in Conway and the Arkansas Sportshow in Jonesboro. APCF staff and volunteers at these events seek to reach the public by exhibiting and distributing information about the risk of prostate cancer.
- Constant updating of the APCF Website with current information about prostate cancer and the resources available to all who are touched by the disease.
For more information about awareness efforts or to participate in a campaign, please contact Melissa Stiles by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (501)379-8027 or 1(800)338-1383.
Recognizing that there are conflicting and confusing messages about prostate cancer, APCF seeks to educate the men of Arkansas with accurate information about the disease by:
- Health Education Events
APCF participates in health education events sponsored by host organizations and local partners. Some events are health fairs involving representatives from many health service organizations at which APCF staff or volunteers distribute accurate information to educate attendees about prostate cancer risks.
Other events are hosted by an civic organizations, churches or corporations and feature an educational presentation on prostate cancer.
- Literature Distribution
APCF maintains a Prostate Health Resource Center that houses books, pamphlets, brochures and other materials that are available free of charge to healthcare providers and the public at large. Materials are available in Spanish and English and are tailored to individual literacy levels. [See our order form for a list of currently available literature and to place your order.]
[The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation has books, pamphlets and brochures that cover a wide-range of topics such as prostate changes, prostate cancer, treatment options, diet and exercise, and life after treatment. All of the Foundation’s materials are available free of charge]