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List of Health Observances

January

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection

National Blood Donor Month (Sponsored by American Red Cross)
Recognize lifesaving contributions from blood and platelet donors by partnering with local American Red Cross organizations and host a blood drive

February

American Heart Month (February 3, 2017)
Participate in the National Wear Red Day and promote heart healthy habits

World Cancer Day (February 4, 2017)
Unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer by promoting the tagline, “We Can. I Can.”

March

Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12-18, 2017)
Information: Pharmacists are natural advocates for patient safety. Use this observance to emphasize the pharmacist’s role in achieving safe and effective medication use.

National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25, 2017)
Medications are often implicated in accidental poisonings. This event is an ideal opportunity to raise consumer awareness about the valuable role that pharmacists play in ensuring medication safety.

April

National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017)
Bring in a member of the US Public Health Service and have them share career opportunities in public health

World Health Day (April 7, 2017)
Information: Organize events that are related to the theme (TBD)

May

Mental Health Month
Become involved and host an event with the local chapter of NAMI or design an event(s) to promote awareness of different psychiatric illnesses. Participate in local suicide prevention walks or other health related community events.

National Stroke Awareness Month
Educate how factors such as family history, age, sex, and race/ethnicity can all play a role in an individual’s stroke risk and how to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of stroke.

June

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 5, 2017)
If you have access to a hospital with an ambulatory care clinic, have residents/patients come in and talk about how much they can make a difference in patient's lives and/or partner with a local cancer hospital to do a wellness clinic/health fair. You could even hold a competition between classes to raise money to donate to the American Cancer Society.

July

World Hepatitis Day (July 28, 2017)
Help raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and help influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care

August

National Immunization Awareness Month
Initiate a flu shot clinic for your students! Start a fundraiser by creating a pocket guide for students with CDC immunization schedules.

September

National Sickle Cell Month
Design pamphlets to inform people about sickle cell disease, its related problems as a major public health concern and how to break the sickle cycle!

World Heart Day (September 29, 2017)
Information: Inform others about simple steps such as eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being

October

Health Literacy Month
Host an event in collaboration with a case manager and/or counselor from your local health department and focus on ways to help patients increase their understanding/knowledge about their medication regimens (Brown Bag Event)

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Promote educational materials about early screenings, breast cancer, as well as ways to donate to help advance research

November

American Diabetes Month
Information: Hold a community health screening and educational event focused on Diabetes and Hypertension including blood glucose and blood pressure screenings

Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Create posters and/or pamphlets to help guide patients to resources and support groups as well as information about the disease and early detection

December

National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 3-11, 2017)
Partner with a community pharmacy or nonprofit organization to help promote and administer flu shots during this week!