Health Observances and Recognition Events
The following information is provided by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association.
1-30: Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers information and resources blood cancer patients and their families. For more information, contact: Information Resource Center; 800.955.4572 or www.lls.org.
1-30: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - The Prostate Conditions Education Council organizes hundreds of free of low-cost screening events across the nation and worldwide. For more information, contact: Prostate Conditions Education Council; 303.999.2574 or www.prostateconditions.org.
1-30: Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month - A deadly disease that strikes swiftly and can attack any child, teen or adult without warning. For more information, contact: National Reye's Syndrome Foundation; 800.233.7393 or www.reyessyndrome.org.
1-30: Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - Focuses on the importance of early detection, treatment, lifelong monitoring, and the resources available for people with thyroid cancer and their families. For more information, contact: ThyCa; 877.588.7904 or www.thyca.org.
7-13: National Suicide Prevention Week - Suicide is a major public health concern, claiming more than 38,000 lives in the U.S. each year. For more information, contact: American Association of Suicidology; 202.237.2280 or www.suicidology.org.
14-20: National Surgical Technologist Week - Provides a great opportunity to educate the general public about the role of the surgical technologist. For more information, contact: Association of Surgical Technologists; 800.637.7433 or www.ast.org.
21-27: National Farm Safety and Health Week - Agriculture employs about two percent of the nation's workforce and consistently ranks in the top three industries for work-related injuries and death. For more information, contact: National Education Center for Agricultural Safety; 563.557.0354 or www.necasag.org.
28-Oct. 4: Gerontological Nursing Week - Promotes the specialty practice of gerontological nursing to improve the care and well-being of older adults. For more information, contact: National Gerontological Nursing Association; 800.723.0560 or www.ngna.org.
10: National Youth Suicide Prevention Day - According to the most recent data (2010), suicide was the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds in the U.S., killing 4,600 youths that year. For more information, contact the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide; 202.237.2280 or www.preventyouthsuicide.org.
15: Neonatal Nurses Day - Provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of individual neonatal nurses and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses community. For more information, contact National Association of Neonatal Nurses; 800.451.3795 or www.nann.org.