Illinois Hospital Association

Health Observances and Recognition Events

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

October 2015
1-31: Breast Cancer Awareness Month - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month increases awareness of breast cancer issues, including early detection, and encourages women to take charge of their own breast health. For more information, contact: National Breast Cancer Foundation;

1-31: American Pharmacists Month - A time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to healthcare in the U.S. as medication experts and as integral parts of the health care team. For more information, contact: American Pharmacists Association; (202) 628-4410 or

1-31: SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month - First Candle focuses on continuing their mission to provide education, research, advocacy, and training to ensure every baby survives and thrives to his/her first birthday and beyond. For more information, contact: First Candle;

4-10: National Healthcare Supply Chain Week - An opportunity to recognize and honor supply chain professionals and departments for their exceptional contributions in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the health care industry. For more information, contact: Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management; (312) 422-3840 or

4-10: Mental Illness Awareness Week - This week consists of grassroots observances to promote broader public awareness and understanding of mental illness, eliminate stigma, and offer support for treatment and recovery. For more information, contact: National Alliance on Mental Illness; (703) 524-7600 or

6-12: Physician Assistants Week - Intended to support, celebrate, highlight, and recognize PAs and the important roles they play to increase access to high-quality health care. For more information, contact: American Academy of Physician Assistants; (703) 836-2272 or

18-24: National Healthcare Quality Week - Highlights the work of health care quality and patient safety professionals and their influence on improved patient care outcomes and health care delivery systems. For more information, contact: National Association for Healthcare Quality; (847) 375-6384 or

18-24: National Hospital and Health System Pharmacy Week - Acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in our nation's health care institutions. For more information, contact: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; (301) 664-8799 or

18-24: International Infection Prevention Week - Raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. For more information, contact: APIC; (202) 789-1890 or

23-31: National Red Ribbon Week - Oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in homes, schools, and communities. For more information, contact: The National Family Partnership; (305) 856-4886 or