Illinois Hospital Association

Health Observances and Recognitions

The following information is provided by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association.

April 2017
1-30: Alcohol Awareness Month - Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism. For more information, contact: NCADD;

1-30: National Autism Awareness Month - An opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. For more information, contact: Autism Society; 800/328-8476 or

1-30: National Donate Life Month - An entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. For more information, contact: Donate Life America; 804/377-3580 or

1-30: National Minority Health Month - An initiative that addresses the health needs of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians. For more information, contact: Office of Minority Health Resource Center; 800/444-6472 or

3-9: National Public Health Week - A time to recognize the contributors of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For more information, contact: American Public Health Association; 202/777-2742 or

10-14: National Cancer Registrars Week - Established to promote the work of cancer registry professionals. Cancer registrars promote how the cancer data they collect provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. For more information, contact: National Cancer Registrars; 202/486-8757 or

22-29: National Infant Immunization Week - Highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. For more information, contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

23-29: National Volunteer Week - Charities, hospitals and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service. For more information, contact: Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals; 312/422-3937 or  

6-7: National Alcohol Screening Day - An outreach, education and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors, and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options. For more information, contact: Screening for Mental Health; 781/239-0071 or

7: World Health Day - Marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, contact: WHO;

16: National Healthcare Decisions Day - To inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. For more information: