Health Observances

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, organizes an annual list of health observances. Below is a listing of observances that are relevant to your profession. Additional observances can be viewed on the National Health Information Center website.

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January

Thyroid Awareness Month

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
245 Riverside Ave., Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Ph (904) 353-7878
Fx (904) 404-4207
www.ThyroidAwareness.com
Contact: Dalia Mousa, dmousa@aace.com

Jan. 22-28
National Drug Facts Week

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Office of Science Policy and Communications, Public Information and Liaison Branch
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 5213, MSC 9561
Bethesda, MD 20892
Ph (301) 443-1124
DrugFactsWeek.DrugAbuse.gov
Contact: DrugFacts@nida.nih.gov

February

Feb. 2
National Wear Red® Day

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Health Information Center
Attention: The Heart Truth
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824
Ph (301) 592-8573
Fx (301) 592-8563
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/hearttruth/events/wear-red.htm
Contact: Information Specialist, nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov

Feb. 14
National Donor Day
Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Parklawn Building, Room 12C-05
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Ph (888) 275-4772
Fx (703) 821-2098
www.OrganDonor.gov
Contact: Division of Transplantation Staff, ask@hrsa.gov

March

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Prevent Cancer Foundation
1600 Duke St., Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314
Ph (toll free) (800) 227-2732
Ph (703) 836-4412
Fx (703) 886-4413
www.PreventCancer.org
Contact: Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, sarah.abou@preventcancer.org

National Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis Association
8585 North 76th Place
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Ph (toll free) (800) 992-3636
Ph (414) 355-2200
Fx (414) 355-6065
www.EndometriosisAssn.org
Contact: Carol Drury, carol@endometriosisassn.org

National Nutrition Month®
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
www.EatRight.org/nnm
Contact: Knowledge Center, nnm@eatright.org

March 8
World Kidney Day

National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd St.
New York, NY 10016
Ph (toll free) (800) 622-9010
Ph (212) 889-2210
Fx (212) 889-2310
www.WorldKidneyDay.org
Contact: Sophie Dupuis, SDupuis@theisn.org

March 18-24
National Poison Prevention Week

Poison Prevention Week Council
515 King St., Suite 510
Alexandra, VA 22314
Ph (703) 894-1858
Fx (703) 683-2812
www.AAPCC.org/prevention/nppw/
Contact: Courtney Wilson, wilsonwells@aapcc.org

Visit MPA’s Patient Education Library to access poison prevention materials under ‘Using Medications.’

March 27
American Diabetes Alert Day

American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
Ph (toll free) (800) DIABETES (342-2383)
Ph (703) 549-1500
Fx (703) 549-6995
www.Diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/alert-day
Contact: Local Chapters, Askada@Diabetes.org

April

April 2-8
National Public Health Week

American Public Health Association
800 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Ph (202) 777-2428
TTY (202) 777-2500
Fx (202) 777-2532
www.NPHW.org
ContactNPHW@apha.org

April 21-28
National Infant Immunization Week

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE, MS A27
Atlanta, GA 30333
Ph (toll free) (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
Ph (404) 639-8200
Fx (404) 639-8905
www.CDC.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html
Contact: Dwan Hightower, cdcinfo@cdc.gov

April 24
World Meningitis Day

Confederation of Meningitis Organization
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
P.O. Box 855
West Perth 6872
AUSTRALIA
Ph + 61 894897791
Fx + 61 894897705
www.ComoMeningitis.org/world-meningitis-day
Contact: Linda Gibbs, lindag@ichr.uwa.edu.au

May

Hepatitis Awareness Month
Division of Viral Hepatitis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, G-37
Atlanta, GA 30033
Ph (404) 718-8596
www.CDC.gov/hepatitis
Contactdvhwi@cdc.gov

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1000
Landover, MD 20785
Ph (toll free) (800) 7-ASTHMA (727-8462)
Ph (202) 466-7643
Fx (202) 466-8940
www.AAFA.org
ContactInfo@AAFA.org

National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Health Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824
Ph (301) 592-8573
Fx (301) 592-8563 Fax
www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Contact: Information Specialist, nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov

May 18
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Division of AIDS Vaccine Research Program
6700-B Rockledge Drive, Room 4139
Bethesda, MD 20892
Ph (301) 435-3732
Fx (301) 402-1505
www.niaid.nih.gov
Contact: NIAID SCIB, niaiddaidsscib@niaid.nih.gov

June

National Safety Month
National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-3201
Ph (toll free) (800) 621-7615
Ph (630) 775-2307
Fx (630) 285-1315
www.NSC.org/nsm
Contact: Debbie Riedner, Media@nsc.org

June 27
National HIV Testing Day
National Association of People with AIDS
8401 Colesville Road, Suite 505
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Ph (toll free) (866) 846-9366
Ph (240) 247-0880
Fx (240) 247-0574
www.AIDs.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day
Contact: Press@aids.gov

July

July 28
World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Alliance
www.WHO.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2013/en/index.html
Contact: Communications@WHO.int

August

National Immunization Awareness Month
National Public Health Information Coalition
986 Hidden Hollow Drive
Marietta, GA 30068
Ph (770) 509-5555
Fx (770) 565-8436
www.CDC.gov/vaccines
Contact: info@nphic.org

September

National Cholesterol Education Month
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Health Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD  20824
Ph (301) 592-8573
Fx (301) 592-8563
www.CDC.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

National Preparedness Month
Ready Campaign FEMA/DHS
500 C St. SW, Suite 714
Washington, DC  20472
Ph (toll free) (800) BE-READY (237-3239)
Fx (240) 699-0525
www.Ready.gov
Contactfema-publications-warehouse@fema.gov

Sept. 19
Get Ready Day

American Public Health Association
800 I St. NW
Washington, DC  20001
Ph (202) 777-2509
TTY (202) 777-2500
Fx (202) 777-2532
www.APHAgetready.org
Contact: Audrey Pernik, audrey.pernik@apha.org

Sept. 29
World Heart Day
World Heart Federation
7 Rue des Battoirs, Case postale 155
1211 Geneva 4
SWITZERLAND
www.WorldHeart.org
Contact: Cynthia Har, Info@WorldHeart.org

October

American Pharmacists Month
American Pharmacists Association
2215 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Ph (202) 429-7558
Fx (202) 628-0443
www.Pharmacist.com/american-pharmacists-month
Contact: Michelle Spinnler, MSpinnler@APhAnet.org

Talk About Prescriptions Month
National Council on Patient Information and Education
4915 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 505
Bethesda, MD 20814
Ph (301) 656-8565
Fx (301) 656-4464
www.TalkAboutRx.org or www.BeMedWise.org
Contact: ncpie@ncpie.info

Health Literacy Month
Health Literacy Consulting
31 Highland St., Suite 201
Natick, MA  01760
Ph (508) 653-1199
Fx (508) 650-9492
www.HealthLiteracyMonth.org
Contact: Helen Osborn, Helen@HealthLiteracy.com

Oct. 15-21
Michigan Pharmacy Week
Michigan Pharmacists Association
408 Kalamazoo Plaza
Lansing, MI  48933
Ph (517) 484-1466
Fx (517) 484-4893
www.MichiganPharmacists.org, www.ThatsMyPharmacist.com

Oct. 15-21
International Infection Prevention Week
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
1275 K St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC  20005
Ph (202) 789-1890
Fx (202) 789-1899
professionals.site.apic.org
ContactInfo@APIC.org

Oct. 16-20
National Health Education Week
Society for Public Health Education
10 G St. NE, Suite 605
Washington, DC  20002
Ph (202) 408-9804
Fx (202) 408-9815
www.SOPHE.org/nhew.cfm
Contact: Julia Gi, Info@SOPHE.org

Oct. 17
National Pharmacy Technician Day
National Pharmacy Technician Association
P.O. Box 683148
Houston, TX 77268
Ph (toll free) (888) 247-8700
www.ASHP.org/pharmacyweek

November

American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA  22311
Ph (toll free) (800) DIABETES (342-2383)
Ph (703) 549-1500
Fx (703) 549-6995
www.Diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html
ContactAskADA@Diabetes.org

National Hospice Palliative Care Month
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1731 King St., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA  22314
Ph (toll free) (800) 658-8898 or (800) 646-6460
Ph (703) 837-1500
Fx (703) 837-1233
www.NHPCO.org
Contact: Jon Radulovi, JRadulovic@NHPCO.org

December

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
400 7th St. SW, NTS-10
Washington, DC 20590
Ph (202) 366-2711
Fx (202) 366-2766
www.NHTSA.gov/Impaired
Contact: (202) 366-9550

Dec. 1
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Campaign
Van Diemenstraat 192 1013 CP Amsterdam
THE NETHERLANDS  
+31 20 616 9045
http://www.worldaidsday.org/
ContactInfo@WorldAidsCampaign.org

Dec. 3-9
National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
www.CDC.gov/flu/nivw
Ph (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
Fx (404) 639-8905