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 2014
1-31: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - This month is committed to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, including early detection, and encouraging women to take charge of their own breast health. For more information, contact: National Breast Cancer Foundation:

1-31: Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month - Planetree invites health care organizations to showcase their patient-centered approaches to care by communicating with stakeholders, including media and the community. For more information, contact: Planetree; 203.732.1365 or

1-31: American Pharmacists Month - This month aims to educate the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals about the key role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. 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; 443.640.1049 or

1-31: Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Illinois - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Memorial Medical Center and other members of Illinois Medical Community joined together for a press conference to educate parents and caregivers about the leading cause of death for children ages one and younger -- accidental sleep suffocation. For more information, see:

5-11: Emergency Nurses Week - A national celebration of the hardworking nursing professionals who stand ready 24 hours a day to care for those people most in need. For more information, contact: Emergency Nurses Association;

5-11: Mental Illness Awareness Week - This week consists of grassroots observances to promote broader public awareness and understanding of mental illness, elimination of stigma, and support for treatment and recovery. For more information, contact: National Alliance on Mental Illness; 703.524.7600 or

6-12: Physician Assistants (PAs) Week - PAs are nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine and are valuable members of the health care team. For more information, contact: American Academy of Physician Assistants; 703.836.2272 or

6-13: National Healthcare Supply Chain Week - Opportunity to recognize and honor supply chain professionals and departments for their exceptional contributions to the success of health care organizations. For more information, contact: Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management; 312.422.3840 or

19-25: Healthcare Quality Week - Celebrate the dedication of health care quality and patient safety professionals during this week. For more information, contact: National Association for Healthcare Quality; 847.375.4720 or

19-25: 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

19-25: International Infection Prevention Week - Provides a focal point for infection preventionists, consumers, health care professionals, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives. For more information, contact: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; 202.789.1890 or

23-31: National Red Ribbon Week - Celebrated by an estimated 80 million people in homes, schools, and communities, it is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. For more information, contact: The National Family Partnership; 305.856.4886 or