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.

October 2016
1-31: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Increase awareness of breast cancer issues, including early detection. For more information: National Breast Cancer Foundation;

1-31: Domestic Violence Awareness Month - The intent behind Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect advocates across the nation who work to end violence. For more information: National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; 800/537-2238 or

1-31: National Medical Librarians Month - Observance to raise awareness of the important role of the health sciences information professional. For more information: Medical Library Association; 312/419-9094 or

1-31: Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month - Commemorates the progress that has been made toward making patient-centered care a reality and build momentum for further progress through education and collaboration. For more information: Planetree; 203/732-1365 or

1-31: American Pharmacists Month - Recognizes pharmacists for the vital contributions they make as medication experts and as integral parts of the healthcare team. For more information: American Pharmacists Association; 202/628-4410 or

1-31: National Physical Therapy Month - Recognizes how physical therapists and physical therapists assistants can transform people's lives by restoring and improving motion. For more information: American Physical Therapy Association;

1-31: SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month - Take time to acknowledge the families that have been affected by stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). For more information: First Candle; 443/640-1049 or

2-8: Gerontological Nursing Week - This week advances the specialty practice of gerontological nursing to improve the care and well-being of older adults. For more information: National Gerontological Nursing Association; 800/723-0560 or

2-8: National Healthcare Supply Chain Week - Provides the opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare field. For more information: Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management; 312/422-3840 or

2-8: Mental Illness Awareness Week - A grassroots effort to promote broader public awareness and understanding of mental illness, eliminate stigma, and offer support for treatment and recovery. For more information: National Alliance on Mental Illness; 703/524-7600 or

6-12: National Physician Assistants Week - Recognizes physician assistants for practicing quality medicine and increasing access to healthcare across the country. For more information: American Academy of Physician Assistants; 703/836-2272 or

9-15: Emergency Nurses Week - Celebrates the dedicated nursing professionals who stand ready 24 hours a day to care for those people most in need. For more information: Emergency Nurses Association;

16-22: International Infection Prevention Week - Raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. For more information: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology;

17-21: National Medical Assistants Recognition Week - Recognizes medical assistants and their vital role, contributions and efforts in healthcare. For more information: American Medical Technologists; 847/823-0458 or

23-29: National Health Care Facility and Engineering Week - Recognizes the important role that the healthcare facility team plays in ensuring safe and functional environments for patients, visitors and staff. For more information: American Society for Healthcare Engineering; 312/422-3800 or

23-29: National Respiratory Care Week - Aimed at encouraging early detection of lung disease, particularly asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For more information: American Association for Respiratory Care;

23-31: National Red Ribbon Week - The oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in homes, schools and communities across the country. For more information: National Family Partnership: 305/856-4886;