By now, everyone in the United States has probably heard of events such as Wear Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day, World Stop Hunger Month, and Global AIDS Day.
All these observances share the function of increase awareness to a specific health-related cause, allowing a platform for the public to support each other, and obviously raising funds towards research, education, treatment, and care for these causes.
The problem is that there are so many observances, seminars, and conferences to keep track of what is happening in which month. There is also the problem of events overlapping each other. To make it easier for our readers to look up this information, we have compiled an extensive list of all the event dates happening in the United States.
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- Cervical Health Awareness Month
- National Glaucoma Awareness Month
- National Radon Action Month
- National Stalking Awareness Month
- National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
- National Birth Defects Prevention Month
- Healthy Weight Week (Jan 21-27)
- National Folic Acid Awareness Week (first full week of January)
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)
- International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
- American Heart Month
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
- African Heritage & Health Week (first week of February)
- Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 4-11)
- Burn Awareness Week (Feb 5-9)
- Random Actos of Kindness Week (Feb 11-17)
- Condom Week (week of Valentine’s Day)
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 18-24)
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (last week of February)
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- World Cancer Day (February 4)
- Give Kids a Smile Day (February 5)
- National Toothache Day (Feb 9)
- National Donor Day (February 14)
- Rare Disease Day (Feb 28)
- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
- National Endometriosis Awareness Month
- National Kidney Month
- Multiple Sclerosis Education Month (promoted by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and others)
- National Nutrition Month
- Save Your Vision Month
- Sleep Awareness Month (promoted by the National Sleep Foundation)
- Trisomy Awareness Month
- Workplace Eye Wellness Month
- National Athletic Training Month
- World Kidney Day (Mar 8)
- Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19)
- National Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13)
- Brain Awareness Week (March 12-18)
- National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week (Mar 11-17)
- National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21)
- Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness (March 26)
- National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
- National Cheerleader Safety Month
- Problem Gambling Awareness Month
- National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11)
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
- World Kidney Day (March 10)
- National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
- World Down Syndrome Day (Mar 21)
- American Diabetes Alert Day (March 24)
- World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
- Tsunami Preparedness Week (March 27-April 2)
- Cesarean Awareness Month
Cesarean Awareness Month intents to use this month to educate communities more about cesarean births. The event also hopes to raise awareness about the danger of cesareans and it should avoided for certain mothers.
- Alcohol Awareness Month
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence established Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 and has continue to hold campaigns in April every year since then. Alcoholism is often not a lifestyle choice but a chronic disease that can be dictated by genetic predisposition factors. But people who suffer from alcoholism can be treated and recover from the addiction. The NCADD hopes to increase compassion across America to support all those who suffer from alcoholism in the process as well.
- National Autism Awareness Month
The Autism Society initiated the first National Autism Awareness Month in April 1970. The goal of is to raise more awareness about autism. As a complex mental and developmental condition, Autism is a lifelong disability with a wide array of symptoms that are unique to each individual. By teaching the public more about this condition, the foundation hopes to increase interest and funding into the research and treatments for Autism.
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April has been selected as National Child Abuse Prevention Month since 1983. The World Health Organization uses this month to remind communities to support families who suffer from domestic abuse and act proactively to prevent child abuse and negligence from happening in the neighborhood.
- National Donate Life Month
The National Donate Life Month in April holds a wide array of events to inspire Americans to enroll as tissue, eye, and organ donors so that lives can be saved through this precious donation gift.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (IFFGD) hosts the IBS Awareness Month in April every year to educate the public more about IBS and encourage those who suffer from IBS to seek professional assistance. It is not a shame to suffer from IBS and everyone deserves all the medical attention to help them deal with this health issue.
- Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month
Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month is a US national event held throughout April. This event is supported by The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) (www.primaryimmune.org). Primary immunodeficiencies are genetic defects of the immune system in which part of an individual’s immune system is compromised and not functioning properly. There are about 200 different forms of this disease. This disease is not contagious and both adults and children can be affected by this condition. This event hopes to increase awareness to this disease and decrease the stigma attached to the symptoms.
- Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an awareness initiative held in Canada and the United States each year (other countries may also support this event). Although there are no official statistics, Parkinson’s disease is thought to affect over 1,000,000 people in the United States. Whilst people may have heard of Parkinson’s disease, many know little or nothing about the condition and how affects a person and their friends and family. Therefore, raising public awareness about Parkinson’s disease is very important as social responsiveness can help increase funding for the science research and treatment on the disease.
- STI Awareness Month
To remind everyone of the spreading of HIV, AID, and STI diseases, April is set as STI Awareness Month to educate the public of the need for safe sex practice, use of condom, and regular HIV and STI testing.
- Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
The month of April was declared National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month by US Congress in 2008. National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month is supported by a number of health organizations including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Sarcoidosis Association, and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR). The aim of this event is to raise awareness about sarcoidosis and encourage further research into this rare condition.
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Often times, cases of sexual assault are blamed on the victim. The victim should not be put through shame and ridicule, and should be offered help and support. Therefore, the annual April Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is putting encouraging everyone to wear the color teal in support of all those who have suffered from sexual assault.
- Oral Cancer Awareness Month
National Oral Health Month, is supported by the Canadian Dental Health Association and is held each April. By promoting better oral health, this month long event encourages Canadians to have a better quality of life.
- National Public Health Week (first full week of April)
National Public Health Week is a United States health awareness event backed by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This event aims to highlight public health achievements and also improve the general health of the American people, by educating the public about various health issues and how they can live longer lives.
- National Infant Immunization Week (April 26-May 3)
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) was established to raise the profile of the infant immunization program in the United States. Infant immunization protects people from vaccine-preventable diseases throughout their life. NIIW is also a time to appreciate and celebrate the achievements immunization programs have had in promoting good health. Supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the first National Infant Immunization Week took place in 1994. While aspects of the campaign may differ each year, the message behind this week is always, ‘Love Them. Protect Them. Immunize Them’ and parents are encouraged or reminded to have their children immunized by the age of 2.
- Minority Cancer Awareness Week (second full week of April)
Minorities often fall through the cracks in the healthcare system. So CancerCare foundation is labelling the second week of April as Minority Cancer Awareness Week to give spotlight to all minorities and provide resource information to these communities to ensure they have the tools and knowledge to seek for health care they deserve.
- National Infertility Awareness Week (last full week of April)
Infertility can put a lot of stress and strain on a couple. WINFertility Foundation is using the last week of April to give voice to all those individuals who suffer from infertility and allow them to share their stories and experience with others. This event also hopes to give an open platform for all those who suffer from infertility to actively seek help and not suffer in silence.
- Every Kid Healthy Week (last full week of April)
Every children deserves to be healthy and well. The Every Kid Healthy Week Observance that occurs on the last week of April annually hopes to advocate better nutrition balance and lifestyle habits to all American children.
- World Immunization Week (last week of April)
Vaccination is crucial in keeping deadly diseases from spreading to epidemic level. The World Immunization Week that take place on the last week of every April is a way to celebrate our long journey of finding immunization for so many diseases and a reminder that much work is still needed to find an immunization for diseases such as HIV and even cancer.
- National Alcohol Screening Day (April 7)
National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is an initiative first launched in 1999 by the National Institutes Of Health (NIH). The aim of this event is to increase public awareness that alcohol abuse and alcoholism (in which a person is dependent on alcohol), are recognized disorders which can be treated. Throughout this day, members of the public are invited along to one of many screening centers across the United States. The people who visit the screening centers are dealt with on a case by case basis; they are asked to complete a written self-assessment about their alcohol use. Health care professionals at the centers then tailor advice to the person concerned.
- World Health Day (April 7)
World Health Day is on the 7th of April each year. This day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization which was founded in 1948.
- World Hemophilia Day (April 17)
Supported by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), hemophilia awareness day was first established in 1989. The date of 17th April was chosen to honor Frank Schnabel the founder of WFH, whose birthday falls on the same date.
- World Meningitis Day (April 24)
Although cases of meningitis have drastically decreased, it is still a very deadly disease that can kill within 24 hours after contraction. Therefore, on April 24, the Confederation of Meningitis Organization is highlighting the importance of vaccination and hygiene habits that can minimize the chance of developing meningitis.
- National DNA Day (April 25)
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is celebrating the discovery of DNA in 1953 on April 25 every year and has named it National DNA Day to shine a spotlight on the importance of this great discovery and how it has played a crucial role in the understanding of so many diseases.
American Diabetes Association Expo (Chicago, Il): April 14
This free EXPO event is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about diabetes and ways to improve their lifestyle. There will be free health screenings, nutritional education resources and advice, demonstrations for newest technologies and products.
2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (New York): April 18-21
This event focuses on the most recent highlights in regional anesthesia and pain medicine such as:
- Benefits and Disadvantages of general anesthesia versus regional anesthesia
- Safety regulations and procedure to minimize risk of neurologic complications from arising
- Newest technology concerning anesthesia and equipment used to administer the opioid
- Current global opioid epidemic and how to help with this issue
- Use of marijuana and cannabinoids in chronic pain management
- Newest research findings related to regenerative medicine and sports medicine
4th International Conference on Antibiotics (Las Vegas, Nevada): April 20-21
This conference focuses on the latest findings in Antibiotic research studies and the concern of antimicrobial resistance against antibiotics. This 2-day event invites international academia researchers, health professionals, drug manufacturers, government organizations, and hospital agencies to share their opinions and discoveries through presentations, key notes, talks, and poster exhibitions.
The NCADD happens every year during Alcohol Awareness Month advocate public policies and social awareness towards alcoholism and drugs dependency. The theme of 2018 NCADD conference will be “Having Our Voices Heard: Raising an Effective Voice in a Changing and Challenging World”. The conference will focus on public policies on prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery processes of alcoholism and drug dependency.
Climate and Health Solutions (Arlington, VA): April 9-10
This public conference addresses issues in climate change that affects the human body and how we can improve our health by providing solutions to these problems.
Exploring the Healthiest Communities Rankings (Webinar): April 9, 4:00-5:00 PM EST
The National Association of Counties and the Aetna Foundation discusses about how the United States communities are working separately and together to improve the health of all residents. At the same time, they will be sharing their methods of data collecting, tracking, and measuring, and the outcomes of these long term research studies.
Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening and Prevention (McLean, VA): April 11-13
The Prevent Cancer Foundation holds a conference each year to discuss about the newest breakthrough findings and technology advancement related to cancer screening and prevention procedures.
Global Health and Innovation Conference (New Haven, CT): April 14-15
This is the largest annual global conference related to health science and health-related innovations.
March for Science (Washington DC): April 14
American Public Health Association (APHA) is holding their annual March for Science event to raise more awareness on various topics concerning Science: public policy, funding, and public education.
- American Stroke Awareness Month (promoted by the National Stroke Association)
The annual National Stroke Awareness Month aims to remind all Americans that they have the ability to save a person who is suffering from a stroke just by learning about:
- stroke risk factors
- stroke symptoms
- stroke preventative measures
- Arthritis Awareness Month
Organized by the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Awareness Month intents to create more attention about arthritis. It is also a time to encourage Americans to get up and start being active, and also raise funds for further research, support, and campaign.
- ALS Awareness Month
The purpose of ALS awareness month is to promote awareness about ALS, and gain more support for individuals who are affected by this condition.
- Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Supported by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), this awareness event is held throughout May to correspond with the asthma and allergy peak season.
- Better Hearing and Speech Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The purpose of BHSM is to highlight hearing and speech problems, encourage people to investigate their own hearing and speech, and to seek medical help if they think there may be a problem.
- Better Sleep Month
The goal of Better Sleep Month is to inspire individuals to launch better sleeping patterns.
- National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celiac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May and is supported by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. This event raises awareness about celiac disease, and highlights the dedication of National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in providing help and support for those affected.
- Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
Cystic Fibrosis Month raises awareness about cystic fibrosis (CF). Sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), this event focuses on raising funds for future research and reminding everyone of the research progress towards finding a cure for CF.
- Clean Air Month
Supported by the American Lung Association, Clean Air Month educates people about the impact clean air can have on their lives.
- Correct Posture Month
Correct Posture Month encourages people to think about how their posture can play an important role in their overall health.
- Hepatitis Awareness Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month is a month long campaign which aims to raise awareness about hepatitis.
- Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
Supported by the Huntington’s Disease Society Of America (HDSA), Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month helps educate people about Huntington’s Disease.
- Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme Disease Awareness Month is a campaign which promotes preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease.
- Lupus Awareness Month (promoted by the Lupus Foundation of America)
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is caused by an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies to attack healthy tissue. The goal of Lupus Awareness Month is to eliminate the myth that Lupus is a contagious disease and educate the public about this life changing disease.
- Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Chosen by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month in May hopes to raise awareness about skin cancer especially melanoma. It is crucial to detect the cancer as early as possible so that treatments can eliminate the cancerous cells before it spreads to other parts of the body.
- Mental Health Month
National Mental Health Month shines a spotlight on mental illness and related issues in the United States so that the public can better understand that they are diseases and they can be treated. It is also a time for individuals with mental illnesses to share their journey with others so offer a clearer understanding of the diseases.
- National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Sponsored by the CDC, the National High Blood Pressure Education Month is educating the public about how high blood pressure can affect health on different levels.
- National Neurofibromatosis Month
National Neurofibromatosis Month in May wishes to increase awareness about Neurofibromatosis and hopes to raise funding for research and treatment for this disease.
- National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Osteoporosis is a health condition characterized by low bone density. The elderly people and women are most susceptible to this problem. So in May, the National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month wants to educate the public more about ways to detect, treat, and prevent osteoporosis.
- Preeclampsia Awareness Month
Preeclampsia is a condition in which a woman with previously normal blood pressure develops high blood pressure at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. Every year in May, the Preeclampsia Foundation and participating partners are carrying out various campaigns to raise awareness and education of the condition, the symptoms, the treatments, and prevention for the condition.
- Ultraviolet Awareness Month
Aside from skin cancer, UV light can cause cataracts, eye cancer, and corneal sunburn. Every year in May just before the summer begins, the Ultraviolet Awareness Month hopes to educate the community about proper sun protection and the dangers of UV light.
- National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
The annual National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month take the month to applaud the continuous decline in teenage pregnancy and births in the United States. At the same time, the campaign wants to increase awareness and reach out to various communities to further educate the importance of safe sex in the teenage and young adult population.
- Brain Tumor Action Week
Over 190,000 people across America are diagnosed with brain tumor each year. Brain Tumor Action Week seeks to raise awareness about brain tumors, the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care after treatment.
- National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
The American Nurses Association is using May 6-12 as National Nurses Week to give thanks to all nurses and their dedication to provide help to all those in need in society.
- Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (first full week of May)
The Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week hopes to increase the public education on the signs of mental health problems in children, teenagers, and young adults. In addition, the campaign hopes to decrease any stigma attached to the term mental illness and treatments for any illnesses related to mental health.
- North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (first full week of May)
The NAOSH week occurs annually on the first week of May to educate communities across America on occupational safety to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.
- National Women’s Health Week (begins on Mother’s Day)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to join in on celebrating Mother’s Day and raising awareness for women’s health.
- Food Allergy Awareness Week (second full week of May)
Food allergies can be detrimental to the general health and in some cases life-threatening. The Food Allergy Awareness Week is established on the second week of May every year to recognize and empower the food allergy community. In addition, the various health agencies hope to raise more awareness to food allergies and how communities can help.
- National Neuropathy Awareness Week (second full week of May)
The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy and the participating partners are coming together to provide public education concerning neuropathy, its symptoms, and treatments for such health problem.
- National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (begins on Mother’s Day)
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and all its partners want to use this week to raise more awareness about birth defects resulting from alcohol, tobacco, and drug consumption during pregnancy.
- World Asthma Day (May 1)
The aim of World Asthma Day is to raise awareness, care and support for those affected by asthma. Whilst the primary focus is supporting the person with asthma, support may also extend to family, friends and caregivers.
- National Bike to School Day (May 4)
All kids are encouraged to put on their safety helmets and ride their bikes to school today to promote healthy lifestyle, reduce to air pollution, and proper safety equipment for bike riding.
- Hand Hygiene Day (May 5)
The World Health Organization (WHO) wants everyone to remember to wash their hands together and learn more about hand hygiene to prevent infection of spreading of various diseases.
- Melanoma Day (May 7)
The aim of Melanoma Monday is to raise awareness about melanoma.
World Red Cross Day (May 8)
The first Red Cross & Red Crescent Day was held in 1948. This event is supported by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; a humanitarian movement which aims to protect people’s lives and health, alleviate or prevent suffering and ensure respect is given to all.
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day (May 12)
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a chronic condition that can happen to anyone and rob the sufferers the energy and health from enjoying life to fullest. This event on May 12 hopes to encourage everyone to gain a greater understanding of ME/CFS and how one can prevent it from developing.
- National Senior Health & Fitness Day (last Wednesday of May)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Every year on the last Wednesday of May, all communities across America are joining together to help older generation of the United States to stay healthy and fit.
- World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20)
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is a global race around the world to unite community resources and raise awareness.
- National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 9-15)
The National Stuttering Awareness Week was first established in 1988 by the President. The National Stuttering Association uses the second week of May to advocate for individuals who suffer from stuttering and their daily struggles from bullying.
- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18)
May 18th marks the International HIV Vaccine Awareness Day to remind everyone of the necessity of a vaccine for AIDS and HIV infection. Communities in different countries also use this opportunity to educate all residents of the importance of HIV prevention.
American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 (Orlando): May 3-5
The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. The 2018 Annual Meeting will address the educational needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.
The 2018 Annual Meeting offers many continuing education sessions, including invited symposia, workshops, and meet-the-expert sessions. Sessions will include information about emerging clinical issues, current research in geriatrics, education, health policy, and delivery of geriatric health care.
Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health (Grants Pass, OR): May 10
Please join Wendy Davis, Oregon Coordinator and Executive Director of Postpartum Support International, for a free discussion and community training opportunity regarding maternal mental health needs, the prevalence, signs and symptoms, and how to support mothers through a professional relationship.
2018 Annual Problem Gambling Conference (Newtown Township, PA): May 11
This seminar focuses on Gambling addiction and the prevalence of this problem in military and veterans.
2018 CT Opioid and Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Conference (Connecticut): May 16
This conference is presented by Connecticut Department of Public Health. Health professionals, policy makers, social service agencies representatives will discuss about the most recent topics concerning drug addictions such as:
- Communities that are at highest risk of drug addictions
- Public education and resources on prevention and treatment for drug addictions
- Newest findings on prevention and treatment for drug addictions
Be Active Maryland Conference (College Park, MD): May 23
The Annual Be Active Maryland conference is presented by the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. This meeting brings together a wealth of researchers, policy makers, education department, health agencies, and community education agencies to discuss about how to raise awareness to physical health and benefits of exercising.
- Cataract Awareness Month
June is declared by Prevent Blindness America Association as Cataract Awareness Month. The goal of this observance is to remind everyone of the importance of health care and regular checkup to stop cataract before it worsens.
- Fireworks Safety Month (June 1-July 4)
The National Council on Fireworks Safety hopes to educate everyone during Fireworks Safety Month about responsible use of fireworks so that injuries can be avoided.
- Hernia Awareness Month
A hernia is a health condition that is marked by part of an organ or some tissue protruding through a weak point of the abdominal wall. Although it is often not life-threatening, it can hinder a person from enjoy any active activities. In order to educate the public more about hernia, June is announced as Hernia Awareness Month to highlight the symptoms, treatments, and care for the condition.
- Men’s Health Month
It’s time to pull out your blue clothes in June and celebrate Men’s Health Month. The Congressional health education program is using this opportunity to remind men of the importance of routine health screenings, checkups, and necessary treatment to maintain good health.
- Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America is dedicating June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month to educate the public more about this autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes sudden weakness in voluntary muscles. This event is also a push for funding so that more research can be done to find out the underlying cause and possible cure for the disease.
- National Aphasia Awareness Month
American Heart and Stroke Association is using June as a chance to speak out about aphasia, the language impairment resulting from stroke and the possible treatment for the problem.
- National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
The National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month falls on June. To avoid CMV from harming more babies, the National CMV Foundation wants to use this opportunity to educate all women about the virus that can cause serious birth defects in their future children.
- National Safety Month
The National Safety Council has announced June as National Safety Month to remind everyone of workplace safety, safe driving habits, and home safety so that everyone can minimize their chance of being injured.
- National Scleroderma Awareness Month
Having “tough” skin can be a bad thing. The hardening of skin is one of the leading symptoms in scleroderma sufferers. In serious cases, it can cause hardening of skin in digestive system, lung scarring, kidney failure, and even death. This autoimmune disease with unknown cause is the reason for the June National Scleroderma Awareness Month to educate the society of this autoimmune disease and the need for extra funding to find out the cause and treatment for this problem.
- Scoliosis Awareness Month
The Scoliosis Research Society is dedicating June as the month as Scoliosis Awareness Month to highlight the need for communities to learn more about spinal deformity, ways to detect the symptoms, and treatment for the condition.
- Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (last week of June)
President Ronald Reagan announced the last week of June as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. Every year, Deaf and Blind individuals come together to celebrate the triumph of all deaf-blind individuals over their disability challenges. They also take this opportunity to advocate for more funding toward helping individuals to receive telecommunication devices and training so that they can have the tools and skills to communicate with the world.
- PTSD Awareness Month
June marks the PTSD Awareness Month. Although PTSD is most prevalent in veterans and abuse victims, it can happen to anyone who has suffered a trauma episode. To signify the importance of PTSD, the Congress has announced June as PTSD Awareness Month to show the support for all those who suffer from PTSD.
- Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
The Alzheimer’s Association calling June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to stress on the importance of taking care of the brain and physical health can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is also a chance for the society to show their support for anyone who is suffering from the disease and raise funds for further research.
- National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday of June)
The first Sunday of June is National Cancer Survivors Day. This day is to celebrate all the individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and have triumph over the disease. It is also a reminder that much more attention should be given to the research of a cure for cancer.
- World Blood Donor Day (June 14)
World Health Organization (WHO) is calling June 14 World Blood Donor Day to remind everyone of the importance to give blood so that those who are injured in unexpected circumstances can have a better chance to survive.
- Autistic Pride Day (June 18)
Aspies for Freedom Initiative is using June 18 as Autistic Pride Day to celebrate the journey of all those who have autism. It is also a time to acknowledge that people of all neurodiversity can excel with given support, education, and training.
- World Sickle Cell Day (June 19)
World Sickle Cell Day is held on June 19 every year. It is a time when the public can learn more about Sickle Cell Anemia and the struggles these sufferers and their families go through on a daily basis to combat against the genetic disorder.
International Conference on Obesity and Nutrition (Philadelphia): June 6-7
This conference focuses on the newest information and findings related to obesity, nutrition, and diet management.
Florida Health Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Research Symposium (Orlando, FL): June 7-8
The Florida Department of Health is hosting the Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Research Symposium. This two-day event brings together clinical professionals, researchers, policy makers, and health agencies to discuss about the latest findings and topics concerning the disease.
PA LGBTQ Health Conference: Addressing Tobacco and Behavioral Health Disparities (Cranberry Township, PA): June 12-13
The PA LGBTQ health conference focuses on various health topics that result from the stigma of the society and health disparities.
Mental Health America Annual Conference 2018 (Washington, DC): June 14-16
This conference brings together all the scholars, researchers, health professionals, policy makers, community mental health agencies, and non-profit agencies together to discuss about the most current mental health issues topics.
- Cord Blood Awareness Month
Cord Blood can be a life saver. The Save the Cord Foundation has announced July as Cord Blood Awareness Month back in 2015. Ever since then, this event occurs in July every year to educate the public of the benefits of cord blood for patients who suffer from hematopoietic system related health issues such as leukemia and lymphomas.
- International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month
Group B Strep International is using July to promote Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month so that pregnant women can be aware of the bacteria and how they can prevent passing the Streptococcus agalactiae to their babies.
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis doesn’t only happen to seniors. Children, teenagers, and young adults are also susceptible to various autoimmune and inflammation of joints. In order to provide more information to the public, the Cure Arthritis Organization is using July as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month to raise awareness of the health condition and how kids can seek proper diagnosis and treatments base on their symptoms and needs.
- National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
Cleft and craniofacial conditions is a very common birth defect that occurs to many babies across America. It can also occur to children, teenagers, and adults during accidents, animal attacks, burn accidents, or skin disease. So the NCCAPM is calling July the National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month to raise awareness to the common occurrence of such health issue and seek funding to help those who lack finance to fix the problem.
- National Therapeutic Recreation Week (Jul 8-14)
All work and no play truly destroy the quality of life as play is an important part of life that keeps things interesting. And July is the perfect month to be called National Therapeutic Recreation Week to promote the need for everyone to take time off to relax and recharge.
- Everybody Deserves a Massage Week (Jul 15-21)
Aside from playing, a massage can do wonders for de-stressing. The Everybody Deserves a Massage Week campaign between July 15-21 hopes to spread the knowledge about massage and the healing benefits it can bring to everyone.
- World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
It has been estimated that about 300 million people around the world are suffering from hepatitis. So July 28 is marked as World Hepatitis Day to remind everyone of this spreading disease and the need to receive vaccination to stop it from becoming an epidemic.
There are no scheduled conferences and seminars in the month of July as it is a month when most people go on vacation.
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Friends For Sight want to use August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to remind all parents of the importance of eye protective wear during the bright summer days when the intense UV lights can injure the little ones’ eyes.
- National Breastfeeding Month
United States Breastfeeding Committee has declared August as National Breastfeeding month back in 2011. And since then, every year in August, the committee has advocate the benefits of breast milk and offer many education resources for pregnant mothers and nursing mothers on breastfeeding.
- Psoriasis Awareness Month
The hot summer days can cause psoriasis to break and cause complications. So the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is combating the hot August with Psoriasis Awareness Month to educate all those who suffer from psoriasis with tips and information they can use to minimize complications throughout the summer.
- Gastroparesis Awareness Month
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders is highlighting August as Gastroparesis Awareness month to shine a spotlight on the importance of diagnosis of gastroparesis, the treatment, and lifelong management in combating the disease.
- National Health Center Week (second full week of August)
August 12 to 18 is National Health Center Week. During this week, all health centers across the United States are celebrating their success in providing health information to the public and acknowledging everyone who work in the health care field and their dedication to all those who are in need of care.
- Contact Lens Health Week (August 22-26)
The hot summer days is a heaven for bacterial growth. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using the week of August 22-26 as Contact Lens Health Week to remind everyone the proper techniques to keep the contact lens germ free and minimize the chance of contamination and eye infection.
Florida Conference on Aging (Florida): August 13-15
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Association of Aging Service Providers, and Florida Council on Aging work together to present this conference on various topics concerning aging.
Addressing the Mental Health Impact of Injury, Violence and Trauma on Women and Girls of Color (Los Angeles, CA): August 29
Everyone in support of women and girls of color are invited to this one-day event to learn more about the latest research findings of young generation affected by PTSD, health care negligence, violence, and addiction. The workshop will focus on the impact on these teenagers and young adults, and how the community can help these individuals.
- National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
The National Stroke Association is spotlighting the National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness in September to remind that symptoms such as sudden pounding heartbeat or atrial fibrillation for no reason should always be checked out so that necessary medical attention can be given to avoid further complication.
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Just this year, 15,780 children below 21 years old are diagnosed with cancer. Out of 15,780, it has been estimated that ¼ will not survive. In order to support all those children affected by any form of cancer and offer help to their families through this tremendously difficult time, the American Childhood Cancer Organization is using September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to highlight these little warriors and their courage in hope to raise more awareness and funding for family support and research needs.
- National Food Safety Education Month
As food contamination has become a common occurrence in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using September as National Food Safety Education Month to teach everyone of proper techniques to wash, prepare, and store their food to minimize food contamination and spoilage.
- Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
The Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month is running in September to highlight the importance of incorporating more vegetables and fruits to their daily food intake for a well-balanced diet and to help with promoting a healthy digestive system.
- Healthy Aging Month
September is Healthy Aging Month. Just because the summer days have just ended doesn’t mean it is time to let go of your diet. So this month event is here to remind you that healthy aging require a dedication of eating healthily and exercise regularly.
- National ITP Awareness Month
Platelet Disorder Support Association is calling September National ITP Awareness Month to increase social and media attention about ITP and other disorders related to abnormal platelet functioning. It is also a chance to raise funds for research, support for those in need, and further campaign expenses.
- Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is promoting Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September to remind everyone of the urgent need to keep finding a cure for these horrible blood cancers that have robbed so many lives across America.
- National Cholesterol Education Month
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting September as National Cholesterol Education Month to teach everyone of the importance of monitoring the cholesterol as the first step to maintaining great health.
- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Association is asking everyone to join in and wear teal ribbons to signify their support for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September. As one of the top leading causes of death for women in the United States, Ovarian Cancer will not go away until we find a cure and vaccination against it.
- National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
September is the month when school starts again. So it makes perfect sense that National Pediculosis Prevention Month should occur in September to educate all parents of the need to regularly check on their children for possible head lice infestation.
- Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Society is naming September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to remind everyone that 1 in 7 American men will be suffering from prostate cancer in their lifetime. To prevent the disease from killing more people, healthy life habits are introduced to minimize the risk of developing prostate cancer.
- National Recovery Month
Every September marks the National Recovery Month to celebrate all those who have recovered from any injuries or illnesses. It is also a time to advocate for more funding toward the health care system so that everyone can receive the proper treatment they need.
- National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Traumatic Brain Injury can happen to anyone and it is one of the leading injury for service members. So the United States Department of Defense is announcing September as National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month to educate everyone about knowledge on TBI, the treatments, and support for all that suffer from TBI.
- National Yoga Awareness Month
After the fall kicks in and outdoor activities are limited by the weather factor, yoga may become your new favorite exercise. The Yoga Health Foundation sees September as a chance to promote the profound benefits of yoga by labeling the month as National Yoga Awareness Month and kick start many events that will allow men, women, and children to get into yoga practice.
- Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Baby’s First Test Foundation is announcing September as Newborn Screening Awareness Month to demonstrate the importance of baby screening so that all the little ones can receive their best chance of excelling in their new lives.
- Whole Grains Month
September is harvest month and it is also Whole Grains Month. Unless you are allergic to gluten, whole grains can offer a wide range of vitamins, nutrients, and fibers to sustain a healthy balanced diet.
- World Alzheimer’s Month
Alzheimer’s Disease International is shining a spotlight on the disease by using September as World Alzheimer’s Month and to share the newest research findings to the public in hope to gain more funding for research, treatment, prevention, and campaign cost.
- Sepsis Awareness Month
It has been estimated that Sepsis kills an American every 2 minutes. This number surpasses the kill rate of both AIDS and prostate cancer. So the Sepsis Alliance is calling September Sepsis Awareness Month in hope to gather the public to learn more about sepsis and push for more awareness to the disease.
- Thyroid Awareness Month
Once daylight starts to shorten, the thyroid may suffer from the lack of sunlight exposure. The American Thyroid Association is combating this problem by labeling September as Thyroid Awareness Month to educate the public about the importance of thyroid functioning and how it can affect the energy level, mood, and overall well-being.
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
It has been estimated that 1 in 7 children in the United States are suffering from obesity. So let’s start the school year the right way by announcing September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to educate parents, schools, and children about healthy eating and the importance of keeping a healthy weight to prevent various health problems such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, join problems, and sleep apnea.
- National Preparedness Month
In order to help everyone be prepared when disasters strike, the government is assigning September as National Preparedness Month to educate all Americans the importance of preparing kits and plans just in case when an unexpected disaster occurs.
- Pain Awareness Month
The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has created the first Pain Awareness Month back in 2001 September and has continued with the tradition every year to shine a spotlight on pain, pain management, and overuse of opioid as pain treatment.
- Sports Eye Safety Month
As September is the month when a lot of sports begin their seasons, the Prevent Blindness Associations wants to use the month as Sports Eye Safety Month to remind everyone the necessity of wear eye guard and sports protection eyewear to prevent unnecessary sports-related injuries.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month
Many women are unaware that they are suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome because the symptoms can range from obesity, amenorrhea, infertility, elevated hormone levels, to hirsutism. So the Women’s Health Concern Organization wants to use September as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Month to highlight the health condition and the importance for all women perform regular checkups to make sure they are not suffering from PCOs.
- National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11)
On September 5-11, the American Association of Suicidology wants to remind everyone that suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility and there are so many ways the public can contribute to the cause.
- National Assisted Living Week (September 9-15)
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) wants to take the opportunity between September 9 to 15 as National Assisted Living Week to encourage the public in supporting America’s seniors and disabled individuals who require assisted living help for their daily activities.
- Malnutrition Awareness Week (September 24-28)
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition is hosting the 7th Annual Malnutrition Awareness Week from Sept 24 to 28 to highlight the need for health professionals to recognize and intervene to prevent malnutrition in their patients. It is also a time when various events occur across America to educate the public of the importance of a balance diet to avoid malnutrition.
- Sexual Health Awareness Day (September 4)
The American Sexual Health Association is holding its 5th annual World Sexual Health Day event on September 4 to share sexual health knowledge with the public and answer all questions about sex to get everyone talking more about safe sex practice and ways we can all prevent HIV and AIDS from spreading in our society.
- National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (September 13)
Beyond Celiac Foundation is hosting the National Celiac Disease Awareness Day on September 13 to educate the communities more about Celiac Disease and how individuals can suffer from this health problem without realizing.
- Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (Third Saturday in September)
The Usher Syndrome Coalition wants to shine a spotlight on the hereditary deaf-blindness condition on September 15 by naming it Usher Syndrome Awareness Day so that more people can learn more about this disease. The event also hopes to increase support and fund towards training, treatment, and research of Usher Syndrome.
- National School Backpack Awareness Day (September 26)
A school backpack can make all the difference in the world when it comes to posture and spine health. The American Occupational Therapy Association wishes to stress this message on September 26 with their National School Backpack Awareness Day to educate parents, teachers, and students how to pick the right backpack for their needs to avoid back pain and neck injuries.
- National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (September 28)
Fitness Day Foundation wants every woman across America to join in on September 28 and make their health and fitness their top priority. The National Women’s Health and Fitness Day will be filled with events to give all women a chance to know more about what they can do to become healthier physically and psychologically. It is also a time to allow women to discuss about all female specific health conditions and diseases so that they can find out where and how to seek proper medical assistance.
- World Rabies Day (September 28)
September 28 is World Rabies Day. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control wants to use this day to remind all pet owners and animal lovers of the need to vaccinate themselves and their pets to prevent rabies.
- World Heart Day (September 29)
The World Heart Federation is announcing that September 29 is World Heart Day. On this day, people from around the world will show their support by participating in walks, wearing red, volunteering in various fundraisers, and educating others about heart health and heart diseases. By inspiring everyone to pay more attention to their health, the World Heart Federation hopes to decrease heart diseases and stroke from killing so many people every year.
- Sport Purple for Platelets Day (September 30)
Remember to wear purple on September 30 to show your support for Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease where the body destroys its own platelet crucial to blood clotting. Through various fundraising events, the Platelet Disorder Support Association hopes to increase more social and government support in the treatment and care for individuals suffering from ITP. At the same time, they hope to raise funds to sustain research and programs related to ITP treatment.
Suicide Prevention Conference (New Jersey): September 11
This is the 6th annual National Suicide Prevention Day Conference hosted by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies and Attitudes In Reverse (AIR). This year, the conference theme is “Back to School: Building Youths’ Resiliency”. The talks will be focusing on how to reduce risk of suicide, how to open the discussion channel between parents and children about mental struggle, bullying, and how to create strategies to deal with addressing and preventing youth bullying and suicides.
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October marks the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise more social and media attention about the disease so that more funding can go into researching the cause, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cure of breast cancer.
- National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Up with Downs Foundation is encouraging everyone to join in on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October to support all individuals with Down syndrome and help to initiate more opportunities for these people to have meaningful life in school, work, and everyday life.
- Eye Injury Prevention Month
Based on a recent statistic study, eye injuries happens to more than 2000 workers each day in their workplace, and it costs the American businesses more than $300 million annually in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost in production time. To help with this lose-lose situation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is using October to raise the concern about workplace safety policy and practices to avoid unnecessary workplace eye injury from happening.
- Health Literacy Month
A better health starts from correctly understanding health information. To express this main concern, various government agencies, health care organizations, community services, and health literacy coalitions are coming together to label October as Health Literacy Month to educate both communities and health professionals about various literacy problems and how to better understand each other in the process.
- Healthy Lung Month
American Lung Association is naming October as Healthy Lung Month because it is the season when a lot of people are suffering from lung problems resulting from pollen and mold allergies. To help everyone live a healthy life, ALA and its partners are using the chance to educate communities about ways they can decrease the chance of suffering from these allergies by changing various lifestyle habits.
- National Physical Therapy Month
The American Physical Therapy Association has chosen October as National Physical Therapy Month to celebrate and thank you to all the therapists and APTA members for their contribution to the American health care system. They are also using this opportunity to address the problems of over-medication and opioid addiction. Instead of using medication as the main pain relief method, individuals should look for options such as physical therapy as a treatment.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome occurs unexpected and unexplained deaths of babies under 1 year of age. Even the death rate from SIDS has significantly decreased over the last 20 years, it is still the number one cause of death in American infants under 1 year of age. Although there are still no clear explanation of these deaths, researchers have found many ways to reduce the risk of SID. As a result, the annual October Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month is reaching out to educate parents, caregivers, hospitals, and health professionals about SIDS and ways to minimize the risk factors.
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
Every second counts when someone has a sudden cardiac arrest. So the Heart Rhythm Society is taking the opportunity in October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month to education everyone of the health condition and how they can help save a live.
- Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Spina Bifida means “split spine”. It is a permanent disabling neural tube birth defect in which the spine does not form properly around the spinal cord. It has been estimated that every day 8 babies in the United States are born with this birth defect. So the Spina Bifida Association wants to use October as Spina Bifida Awareness Month to educate the public of this birth defect, the treatment available, and what can be done to prevent Spina Bifida.
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
October is the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to allow all families who have suffered from miscarriage, SIDS, stillbirth, or death of a newborn to remember their little love ones and share their experience with others. On October 15, there will be a worldwide candle lighting event around the at 7:00pm local time to remember all babies who passed away.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The October Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1981 and has continued every year since then. The intent of this campaign is to advocate more social and media attention and involvement to end domestic violence.
- National ADHD Awareness Month
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association is celebrating National ADHD Awareness Month every year in October to congratulate all ADHD individuals on their daily triumph over the disorder. It is also a chance for the foundation to promote more attention and funding towards the research and health care of ADHD.
- National Bullying Prevention Month
Every October, all education organizations and schools across the world are joining in the National Bullying Prevention Month and the STOMP Out Bullying event to encourage everyone in the community to put a stop to bullying and cyberbullying, and to show support for all those who are victims of bullying.
- National Dental Hygiene Month
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Did you know that not taking care of your teeth can significantly increase your chance of developing other health complications? If you haven’t already, get ready to learn how to take care of your teeth properly.
- National Medical Librarians Month
This October is the 20th anniversary of National Medical Librarians Month. Every year, the Medical Library Association celebrates the dedication of all health information professionals in providing their service to make research and data organization easier for medical knowledge.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week (first full week of October)
The United States Congress established the first week of October as Mental Health Awareness Week to recognize all individuals who are suffering from mental illness. It is also the month where all mental health advocates, agencies, and organizations across American join together to provide education for the public so that the stigma can be decreased and more help can be available for everyone.
- National Primary Care Week (Oct 2-6)
The American Academy of Family Physicians is highlighting the importance of primary care during October 2 to October 6 during the National Primary Care Week. This is a time when health professionals gather together to educate each other about the newest findings and practice in various health care sectors.
- Bone and Joint Health National Action Week (October 12-20)
United States Bone and Joint Initiative is holding the Bone and Joint Health National Action Week during October 12 – 20 to focus on the leading bone-related health issues such as back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, bone trauma, and pediatric bone and join conditions.
- International Infection Prevention Week (October 16-22)
This year, the International Infection Prevention Week is occurring in October 16-22 to remind everyone of the importance to prevent infection so that it does not escalate to any complications.
- National Healthcare Quality Week (October 17-22)
The National Healthcare Quality Week that take place between October 17-22 is dedicated to acknowledge and celebrate all health workers and professionals who dedicate their lives to give the public high quality health care.
- National Health Education Week (October 15-19)
In order for communities to receive the most out of health care benefits, they need to acquire a certain level of health education to know when to seek help. So the Society for Public Health Education is using October 17-21 as National Health Education Week to highlight the importance of public health education to promote better public health.
- Respiratory Care Week (last full week of October)
The American Association for Respiratory Care is holding their Respiratory Care Week during the last week of October to encourage everyone who works in respiratory care to share their experience, stories, and knowledge with their communities to promote the crucial importance of respiratory health.
- Red Ribbon Week (last week of October)
Also known as Red Ribbon Campaign, the Red Ribbon Week is organized by the National Family Partnership to educate communities, schools, parents, and students of drug addiction and ways to keep their neighborhoods drug free.
- Child Health Day (Oct 1)
The annual Child Health Day is to remind everyone in the United States the necessity to uphold and further develop the health system for children.
- International Walk to School Day (October 5)
The International Walk to School Day involves everyone to walk or bike to school on October to promote a healthy lifestyle, proactively push for ways to help out the environment, and ensure a safe environment for all kids to walk to school.
- National Depression Screening Day (October 6)
Mental health is crucial to the overall well-being. To open up the channel to talk about mental illnesses, the annual National Depression Screening Day in October offers a chance for everyone in the community to get tested for any type of mental health issue and seek help.
- World Cerebral Palsy Day (October 6)
United Cerebral Palsy along with over 380 organizations and agencies have claimed October 6 as World Cerebral Palsy Day to educate the public more about this disease and what can be done to support all those who suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
- World Mental Health Day (October10)
WHO has been holding the World Mental Health Day observance on October 10 each year to raise awareness about mental health issues. It is also the opportunity to reduce stigma surrounding mental illnesses and open up channels for individuals to share their stories and experiences with the community about their struggles.
- Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October 13)
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network is holding the annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 to remind everyone that more than 40,450 women died from this disease this year. It is time for communities, government agencies, and research institutions to step up and show more interest in how to prevent more women dying from Metastatic Breast Cancer.
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15)
The Latino Commission on AIDS is making October 15 the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day to communities with the Hispanic communities of AIDS and HIV, and ways they can use to prevent the diseases from spreading.
- World Food Day (October 16)
October 16 is World Food Day. It is the day when everyone gather together to talk about hunger issues in third world countries, and how we can help in securing food sources for both ourselves and for more unfortunate countries.
- World Osteoporosis Day (Oct 20)
It’s time to love your bones. World Osteoporosis Day falls on October 20 to remind everyone of the importance of having strong bones and how they can improve their bone health.
- National Check Your Meds Day (Oct 21)
The National Community Pharmacists Association has been hosting the annual National Check Your Meds Day with its sponsor Consumer Reports to encourage everyone to bring their medications and supplements to their pharmacist for review.
- World Psoriasis Day (October 29)
The annual World Psoriasis Day occurs on October 29 to highlight issues related to psoriasis and allow individuals to share their experience and stories with others concerning their daily struggle and their treatment journey.
Global Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health (Las Vegas): October 4-6
This global conference gathers scholars, academic researchers, clinical professionals, and community agencies to discuss about the latest findings on addiction topics such as:
- Genetic makeup of addiction
- Neurotoxicology from drug addiction
- Latest protocol concerning drug addiction diagnosis
- Research on drug-induced brain disorders
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced November as National Alzheimer’s Disease. During that year, less than two million individuals were suffering from the disease. Now, the number has increased to more than 5.4 million people. It only proves that we need to increase our awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and push for more funding towards its research.
- American Diabetes Month
It has been estimated that 1 in 10 individuals in the United States are suffering from diabetes. It is no wonder that it is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in America. As a result, American Diabetes Association has called November American Diabetes Month in hope to raise awareness about diabetes and ways to prevent it from developing.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has called November as National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month to encourage communities to learn more about this health issue and hope that those who suffer from this disease can share their experience and journey with the rest of us.
- Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Diabetic can lead to nerve damage in the eyes, glaucoma, and even blindness. In conjunction with Diabetes Awareness Month campaign, the National Eye Institute has declared November as Diabetes Eye Disease Month in hope to educate the public more about proper eye care and how diabetes individuals can prevent risking eye disease complications.
- National Epilepsy Awareness Month
It has been estimated that 1 in 26 individuals have or will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime. In order to decrease the stigma attached to this health problem, the Epilepsy Foundation has decided to call November National Epilepsy Awareness Month in order to teach the public about this neurological disease and evoke more interest towards the research in this field.
- National Family Caregivers Month
Being a family caregiver is an extremely stressful position. To acknowledge the dedication of these individuals, the Caregiver Action network has declared November National Family Caregivers Month to acknowledge and support all family caregivers who have devoted both time and energy to provide care for their senior parent and/or love ones with disability.
- National Healthy Skin Month
Skin is the biggest organ of the human body. So naturally we should learn more about taking care of it especially during those dry, cold weather. As a result, the American Academy of Dermatology has declared November as National Healthy Skin Month to spread more public education concerning the importance of proper skin care.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Hospice care places an importance on caring for individuals who need help with symptoms management, chronic pain relief, and psychological support. On the other hand, palliative care focuses on helping individuals curing after serious illnesses. These two health care sectors are both crucial to the community. To acknowledge the tremendous importance in our society, November is known as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer has named November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in hope to spread more awareness about the latest research on lung cancer and how we can all decrease our risk of developing lung cancer.
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is asking everyone to wear purple in November to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. It is also a time to support all individuals who are currently battling against pancreatic cancer and remember all those who fought against the disease.
- National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
The No Stomach For Cancer Foundation is using November as National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month to increase more social and media attention on stomach cancer and how we can all help to educate each other about prevention of the disease.
- Prematurity Awareness Month
Premature birth occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Each year around the world, about 15 million babies are born prematurely. Out of them, more than 1 million do not survive. And it is the number 1 cause of death for babies across America. As a result, many global foundations are coming together to declare November as Prematurity Awareness Month in hope to increase more global attention about this worldwide health problem.
- Bladder Health Month
Urology Care Foundation is using November to remind everyone of the importance of bladder health care. Some of the highlights throughout the month are:
- Neurogenic Bladder and Interstitial Cystitis
- Urinary Tract Infection and Bladder Infection
- Bladder Cancer
- Nocturia and Bedwetting
- Global Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 14-20)
WHO has announced November 12 to 20 as Global Antibiotic Awareness Week to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and how communities can prevent it from becoming worse.
- GERD Awareness Week (Thanksgiving week)
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders wants everyone to learn more about Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). So they are using Thanksgiving week to spread the message hoping everyone to share their knowledge and/or experience with others during the holiday.
- World Pneumonia Day (Nov 12)
November 12 marks the annual World Pneumonia Day. More than 100 global organizations and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about pneumonia in children.
- World Diabetes Day (Nov 14)
International Diabetes Foundation holds the annual World Diabetes Day on November 14 to educate the world about the increasing threat from diabetes. More than 160 countries are joining in today to advocate ways to stop diabetes from spreading around the world.
- Great American Smokeout (Nov 15)
Each year the American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to use the third Thursday of November to kick start their plan to quit smoking or at least stop smoking for a day.
- World Prematurity Day (November 17)
A global movement called March of Dimes occurs annually on November 17 to signify World Prematurity Day and to support the cause of finding ways to help premature babies get a better chance of surviving after birth.
- International Survivors of Suicide Day (November 19)
Senator Harry Reid introduced the International Survivors of Suicide Day in 1999 as a way to support all the family and friend survivors of those who have passed away from suicide. It is set on the Saturday before the American Thanksgiving to bring together everyone to support these individuals and help them cope with the tragedy.
- National Family Health History Day (November 24)
Thanksgiving Day is National Family Health History Day since 2004. By knowing more about the family health history, everyone can have a better chance to prevent certain health conditions from surfacing such as:
- Heart problem and stroke
- Certain types of cancer
- Certain genetic-related diseases
Epilepsy Awareness and Education Expo at the Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA): Nov 5-6
This is an annual special event to celebrate all the individuals who are combating against epilepsy. Every year, 2000 participants will celebrate the event in Disneyland Park wearing the proud EADDL purple event t-shirts.
- Safe Toys and Gifts Month
December is the season of toys and gifts. To make it a happy holiday for everyone, Prevent Blindness America has named December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month to remind everyone to make sure that their gifts are age appropriate for the receivers especially when they are under three years old.
- Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week (December 1-7)
Often regarded as “invisible health illnesses”, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis affect approximately 780,000 individuals in the United States. In order to raise more awareness to these two irritable bowel diseases, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is using the first week of December to teach communities about these two health concerns.
- National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 3-9)
Join Henry the Hand on the week of December 3 to 9 to educate each other about proper hand hygiene and other ways to prevent infections and germ contamination.
- National Influenza Vaccination Week (first full week of December)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the first week of December as the National Influenza Vaccination Week to promote the importance of flu vaccination before the holidays begin.
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
Each year on December 1st, all people around the world will join together to combat against HIV, show support for those with HIV, and remember individuals who have died fighting against the disease.
- International Day of People with Disability (Dec 3)
This is the annual International Day of Disabled Persons declared by the United Nations in 1992 to support the welfare and rights of disabled individuals.
December tends not to have any conferences and seminars as a lot of communities are busy preparing for the holidays.
This list is a compilation of all the observance events, conferences, and seminars based on given official information from the respective foundation or government websites. However, certain conferences and seminars may be announced with shorter notice at a later time throughout the year. If you do have information on any events happening, please leave us a comment and we will update the information to this list.
Please note that because there are so many local events happening across the United States on a daily basis, it is impossible for this list to include all the information city by city. If you wish to learn more about events that are happening in your area, please visit your local community centers, health care facilities, and health-related government agencies for more information. And if you are wondering how you can help, you can start by visiting the foundations that are dedicated to a specific cause. The web site links in the reference section can be a great way to start your research.