National Health Awareness Observances

National Thyroid Awareness Month

January

Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month, the nation's leading thyroid patient advocates, Mary Shomon, a New York Times best-selling author and advocate, and Katie Schwartz, founder of the DearThyroid.org website and comedy writer, have joined forces to create a new campaign, called "I Am the Face of Thyroid Disease." The campaign is also supported by the Coalition for Better Thyroid Care, a non-profit organization co-founded by Mary Shomon and Executive Director Geri Rybacki. The Coalition's mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, acceptance, availability and use of the full range of thyroid tests and treatment options by healthcare providers.

For more information, please visit: http://www.thyroidawarenessmonth.com/thyroid-campaigns.htm

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

(Other National Health Observances)

January

For more information, please visit: http://www.nccc-online.org/index.php/january

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 7th through 14th

An international coalition of families, individuals, non-profit organizations, support groups, and health professionals participate in a campaign to increase public awareness of Congenital Heart Defects and Childhood Heart Disease. CHD Awareness Week is an annual awareness effort to help educate the public about Congenital Heart Defects. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world!

For more information, please visit: http://www.tchin.org/aware/

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th

The day was founded by 5 National Organizations (Concerned Black Men Inc, of Philadelphia; Health Watch Information and Promotion Services, Inc; Jackson State University-Mississippi Urban Research; National Black Alcoholism and Addiction Council; and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS). This awareness day is overseen by the National BHAAD Strategic Leadership Council. There are 4 primary targets of the day: education, testing, involvement and treatment. Healthy Black Communities (HBC) serves as the lead organization for this mobilizing initiative.

For more information, please visit: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th

The day is coordinated by the Federal Office of Women’s Health. The goal of this day is to aid other organizations in educating young women and girls about the importance of getting tested for HIV as well as valuable prevention strategies. The day seeks to focus on issues that specifically affect women and girls.

For more information, please visit: National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20th

The lead organizations for this day are The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), Commitment to Action for 7th Generation Awareness & Education: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (CA7AE-HAPP), and Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA). The focus of the day is to bring light to the growing rate of HIV among the Native American communities. The day pinpoints the need to work in harmony to bring more awareness to HIV’s impact on the Native American Community.

For more information, please visit: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24th

Designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries.

For more information, please visit: http://www.stoptb.org/events/world_tb_day/

Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month

April

ASHA recognizes STI Awareness Month, offering information and resources that help raise awareness about the sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemic.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ashastd.org/stiawarenessmonth.cfm

National Minority Health Month

(Other National Health Observances)

April

For more information, please visit: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

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