Health Observances and Recognition Events
The following information is provided by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association.
1-31: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - During this month, cancer groups, hospitals and communities focus attention on preventing, treating and curing colorectal cancer. For more information, contact: Prevent Cancer Foundation; 703.837.3692 or http://preventcancer.org.
1-31: National Eye Donor Month - The Eye Bank Association of America promotes March as National Eye Donor Month to raise awareness of the need to donate eyes. For more information, contact: Eye Bank Association of America; 202.775.4999 or www.restoresight.org.
1-31: National Kidney Month - The National Kidney Foundation urges Americans to learn more and take steps now to preserve kidney health, including taking advantage of free kidney health checks in March. For more information, contact: National Kidney Foundation; 212.889.2210 or www.kidney.org.
2-8: Patient Safety Awareness Week - Each year, health care organizations take part in this event by prominently displaying the National Patient Safety Foundation campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing their educational resources with hospital staff and patients. For more information, contact: National Patient Safety Foundation; 617.391.9900 or www.npsf.org/events-forums/patient-safety-awareness-week.
9-15: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week - This observance focuses national attention on pulmonary rehabilitation's contribution to enhancing the lives of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information, contact: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation; 312.321.5146 or www.aacvpr.org.
16-22: National Poison Prevention Week - More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the nation's 57 poison centers. This observance was created to raise awareness about how to prevent poisonings. For more information, contact: Poison Prevention Week Council; 703.894.1858 or www.aapcc.org.
25: American Diabetes Alert Day - A one-day wake-up call asking individuals to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For more information, contact: American Diabetes Association; 800.342.2383 or www.stopdiabetes.com.
30: National Doctors' Day - Recognizes society's debt of gratitude to physicians for their contributions to enlarging the reservoir of scientific knowledge, increasing the number of scientific tools, and expanding the ability of health professionals to use both knowledge and tools effectively in the never-ending fight against disease. For more information, contact: Southern Medical Association Alliance; 205.421.4135 or www.smaalliance.org.