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: National Autism Awareness Month - This is a special opportunity for knowledgeable people and organizations to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. For more information, contact: Autism Society; 301.657.0881 or www.autism-society.org.
1-30: March for Babies - The funds raised by March for Babies events help women to have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, reducing health costs to employers. For more information, contact: March of Dimes; 914.428.7100 or http://marchforbabies.org.
1-30: National Minority Health Month - Held annually to raise awareness of minority health disparities and to prompt the implementation of initiatives to address these disparities. For more information, contact: Office of Minority Health; 800.444.6472 or http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov.
6-12: National Healthcare Access Personnel Week - Celebrates the people serving in the patient access profession. For more information, contact: National Association of Healthcare Access Management; 202.367.1125 or www.naham.org.
6-13: National Healthcare Volunteer Week - Recognizes the support that volunteers and auxilians provide to hospital staff, their patients, family members, and the community at the local, state and national levels. For more information, contact: Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals; 312.422.3939 or www.ahvrp.org.
7-13: National Public Health Week - Recognizes the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public's health. For more information, contact: American Public Health Association; 202.777.2742 or www.nphw.org.
20-26: Healthcare Administrative Professionals Week - Promotes the professional development, leadership, value, and excellence of health care administrative professionals. For more information, contact: Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals; 888.320.0808 or www.ahcap.org.
21-25: National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week - Annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care but often work behind the scenes. For more information, contact: American Society for Clinical Pathology; www.ascp.org.
7: World Health Day - Marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. For more information, contact: World Health Organization; 716.583.0521 or www.who.int/world-health-day/en/.
10: National Alcohol Screening Day - An outreach, education and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment. For more information, contact: Screening for Mental Health, Inc.; 781.239.0071 or www.mentalhealthscreening.org.
12: National Radiologic and Imaging Nurses Day - Recognizes those working in the specialty practice of radiologic and imaging nursing to advance the standard of care in the imaging environment. For more information, contact: Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing; 866.486.2762 or www.arinursing.org.
16: National Healthcare Decisions Day - A nationwide event to encourage the public and providers to take action on advance directives. For more information, contact: National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative; 804.775.1092 or www.nhdd.org.