Health Observances

Health Observances

Celebrate different health observances that are relevant to pharmacy professionals. MPA will share information about recognized month and day observances in our publications; however, you're encouraged to visit our Health Observances page for a complete look at the year to plan your own recognition and promotions in advance!

That’s My Pharmacist Campaign Now Encompasses Monthly Health Observances

In 2015, MPA launched the new and improved That’s My Pharmacist campaign. Materials were redesigned with the overall goal of improving quality and effectiveness. Last year’s campaign focused on these main points:

  • Redesign messages based on theory, considering source credibility
  • Consider audience literacy and health literacy.

Based on member feedback, we will making the That’s My Pharmacist Campaign a year-round campaign. Each month will focus on a specific health observance. MPA will provide a flyer for pharmacies to print off and display or make available to patients that is specific to the featured health observance for that month. Here is a list of the topics covered in the first quarter of 2016:

National Birth Defect Prevention Month  

American Heart Month 

National Kidney Month

Visit to access a flyer for each of the observances above. Print off the flyer and share the key information included with your patients! The details included in these resources will help your patients further understand the importance of utilizing their pharmacist as a vital member of their personal health care team.

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March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week

This year, Poison Prevention Week will be observed March 15-21, and we hope that you’re planning to use this opportunity to educate patients on the dangers of poison. More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the 55 Poison Control Centers (PCCs) across the country and at least 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The purpose of National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is to highlight the dangers of poisonings and educate the public about how to prevent them. There is so much you can do to make your patients aware of the risks and dangers of poisons.

MPA has a variety of resources available to members online in the Patient Education Library under ‘Using Medications.’ Local associations can also access materials on the Local Resources page under ‘Planning Events.’

In addition, the Poison Prevention Week Council has a variety of resources available on their Web site that pharmacy professionals can utilize in educating their patients on poison prevention. Visit for additional information on this health observance.

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National Public Health Week to Include Recognition of Public Heroes in Michigan

National Public Health Week aims to help protect and improve our state’s health, with a different focus area each year highlighting efforts made in Michigan. In 2015, the national focus is “Healthiest Nation 2030,” and the state will celebrate this annual observance April 13-17, 2015.

Right now, the U.S. spends more on health care than other comparable countries. What do we have to show for that spending? Numerous studies show that we live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease and more. And this is true for Americans of all ages and socio-economic groups.

This is the defining challenge of our generation that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to overcome. During National Public Health Week 2015, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Let’s build a groundswell of support for the prevention and public health programs we know improve the health of our communities.

In conjunction with National Public Health Week, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is accepting nominations to recognize Michigan Hometown Health Heroes and Health Policy Champions. If you know a person or organization that deserves recognition for their efforts to support public health and prevent disease in their community, complete a nomination form and send it to or fax to (517) 335-9434 no later than Feb. 26, 2015. For additional information, please visit the MDCH Web site.

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