2019 Healthcare Observances Calendar

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Healthcare observances give us the opportunity to connect with others while raising awareness for important causes. There are hundreds of observances throughout 2019 for all kinds of health topics. Click the links below to learn ways to get involved.

January

-Cervical Health Awareness Month
-National Birth Defects Prevention Month
-National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
-National Glaucoma Awareness Month
-National Radon Action Month
-National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month
-Thyroid Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-January 6 - 12 - Folic Acid Awareness Week
-January 22 - 27 - National Institutes of Health - National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Days to note:

-January 25 - National IV Nurses Day 

February:

-AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
-American Heart Month
-National Cancer Prevention Month
-International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
-National Children’s Dental Health Month
-National Senior Independence Month
-Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-February 7 - 11 - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
-February 10-16 - Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
-February 14-21 - Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week
-February 25 - March 3 - National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Days to Note:

-February 1 - National Wear Red Day
-February 1 - Give Kids A Smile ® Day
-February 4 - World Cancer Day
-February 7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
-February 14 - National Donor Day
-February 22 - National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

March:

-Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
-Brain Injury Awareness Month
-Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month 
-National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
-National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
-National Endometriosis Awareness Month
-National Kidney Month
-National Nutrition Month
-Save Your Vision Month
-Trisomy Awareness Month
-Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Weeks to note:

-March 4 - 11 - National Sleep Awareness Week
-March 10 - 16 - Patient Safety Awareness Week
-March 10 - 16 - National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week
-March 12 - 18 - Brain Injury Awareness Week
-March 17 - 23 - National Poison Prevention Week

Days to note:

-March 3 - Birth Defects Day
-March 10 - National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
-March 14 - World Kidney Day
-March 20 - National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
-March 20 - World Oral Health Day
-March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day
-March 26 - American Diabetes Alert Day
-March 30 - National Doctors’ Day

April:

-Alcohol Awareness Month
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
-National Autism Awareness Month
-National Cancer Control Month
-National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
-National Donate Life Month
-National Facial Protection Month
-National Interprofessional Health Care Month
-National Minority Health Month
-Occupational Therapy Month
-National Parkinson’s Awareness Month
-Oral Cancer Awareness Month
-Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
-Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
-STI Awareness Month
-Stress Awareness Month
-Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
-Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Weeks to note:

-April 1 - 7 - National Public Health Week
-TBA - Minority Cancer Awareness Week
-TBA - Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
-April 21 - 27 - National Infertility Awareness Week
-April 22 - 26: National Pediatric Transplant Week 
-April 22-26 - Patient Experience Week
-April 22 - 26 - Every Kid Healthy™ Week
-April 23 - 29 - World Immunization Week
-April 26 - May 3 - National Infant Immunization Week

Days to note:

-April 7 - World Health Day
-April 10 - National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
-April 11 - National Alcohol Screening Day
-April 16 - Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day
-April 24 - World Meningitis Day 

May:

-Arthritis Awareness Month
-Better Hearing and Speech Month
-Food Allergy Action Month
-Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
-Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
-Healthy Vision Month
-Hepatitis Awareness Month
-International Mediterranean Diet Month
-National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
-National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
-National High Blood Pressure Education Month
-National Mental Health Month
-National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
-National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
-National Stroke Awareness Month
-National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
-Older Americans Month
-Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-May 5 - 11 - North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
-May 6 - 12 - National Nurses Week
-May 6 - 12 - National Stuttering Awareness Week
-May 6 - 12 - National Neuropathy Awareness Week
-May 12-18 - National Hospital Week
-May 12-18 - National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week
-May 13 - 19 - National Women's Health Week
-TBA - Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Days to note:

-May 5 - World Hand Hygiene Day
-May 8 - National Bike to School Day 
-May 9 - National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
-May 11 - Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
-May 18 - HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
-May 19 - National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
-May 20 - World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day
-May 24 - Don't Fry Day
-May 29 - National Senior Health & Fitness Day
-May 31 - Heat Safety Awareness Day
-May 31 - World No Tobacco Day

June:

-Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
-Cataract Awareness Month
-Men's Health Month
-Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
-National Aphasia Awareness Month
-National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
-National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
-National Safety Month
-National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-June 10 - 16 - Men's Health Week
-June 23 - 29 - National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
-TBA - Helen Keller Deaf - Blind Awareness Week

Days to note:

-June 2 - National Cancer Survivors Day ®
-June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day
-June 27 - National HIV Testing Day

July:

-Cord Blood Awareness Month
-Eye Injury Prevention Month
-International Group B Strep Awareness Month
-Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
-National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
-Sarcoma Awareness Month
-UV Safety Month

Days to note:

-July 28 - World Hepatitis Day

August:

-Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
-Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month
-Gastroparesis Awareness Month
-National Breastfeeding Month
-National Immunization Awareness Month
-Psoriasis Awareness Month
-Summer Sun Safety Month

Weeks to note:

-August 1 - 7 - World Breastfeeding Week
-August 4 - 10 - National Health Center Week

Days to note:

-August 1 - World Lung Cancer Day

September:

-Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
-Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month
-Healthy Aging ® Month
-Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Month
-National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
-National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
-National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
-National Cholesterol Education Month
-National Food Safety Education Month
-National ITP Awareness Month
-National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
-National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
-National Preparedness Month
-National Recovery Month
-National Sickle Cell Month
-National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
-National Yoga Awareness Month
-Newborn Screening Awareness Month
-Pain Awareness Month
-National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
-Sepsis Awareness Month
-Sexual Health Awareness Month
-Sports Eye Safety Month
-Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
-Whole Grains Month
-World Alzheimer's Month

Weeks to note:

-September 8 - 14 - National Suicide Prevention Week
-September 17 - 23 - National Farm Safety & Health Week
-September 21 - 27 - National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
-September 23 - 27 - Malnutrition Awareness Week™

Days to note:

-September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day
-September 17 - Get Ready Day
-September 18 - National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
-September 23 - Falls Prevention Awareness Day
-September 25 - National Women's Health & Fitness Day
-September 27 - Sport Purple for Platelets Day
-September 28 - World Rabies Day
-September 28 - Family Health & Fitness Day USA ®
-September 29 - World Heart Day

October:

-Domestic Violence Awareness Month
-Eye Injury Prevention Month
-Health Literacy Month
-Home Eye Safety Month
-International Walk to School Month
-National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
-National Bullying Prevention Month
-National Dental Hygiene Month
-National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
-National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
-National Medical Librarians Month
-National Physical Therapy Month
-Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-TBA - National Primary Care Week
-October 6- 12 - Mental Illness Awareness Week
-October 12 - 20 - Bone and Joint Health Action Week
-October 13 - 19 - International Infection Prevention Week
-October 20 - 26 - National Healthcare Quality Week
-October 20 - 26 - Respiratory Care Week
-October 21-25 - National Health Education Week
-October 23 - 31 - Red Ribbon Week

Days to note:

-TBA - National Depression Screening Day
-October 13 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
-October 15 - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
-October 18 - National Mammography Day
-October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
-October 21 - National Check Your Meds Day
-October 22 - International Stuttering Awareness Day
-October 29 - World Psoriasis Day

November:

-American Diabetes Month
-Bladder Health Month
-COPD Awareness Month
-Diabetic Eye Disease Month
-Lung Cancer Awareness Month
-National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
-National Family Caregivers Month
-National Healthy Skin Month
-National Home Health Care Month
-National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
-Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
-Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

-November 4 - 10 - National Diabetes Education Week
-November 24 - 30 - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week

Days to note:

-November 14 - World Diabetes Day
-November 21 - Great American Smokeout
-November 23 - International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
-November 28 - National Family Health History Day

December:

-Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Weeks to note:

-TBA - National Handwashing Awareness Week
-TBA - National Influenza Vaccination Week

Days to note:

-December 1 - World AIDS Day

 

*Select dates from the following sources:

2018 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

American Health Care Association & National Center for Assisted Living Healthcare Observances Calendar. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2017, from https://www.ahcancal.org/events/Documents/2017%20Healthcare%20Observances%20Calendar.pdf

Cancer Awareness Calendar. (n.d.). Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://www.cancer.org/about-us/who-we-are/cancer-awareness-calendar.html

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