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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week
Nov
18
to Nov 24

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Social: #USAAW19

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html 

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance that gives participating organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Be Antibiotics Aware, a CDC educational effort, complements U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week by providing partners with up-to-date information to help improve human antibiotic prescribing and use in the United States.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week
Dec
1
to Dec 7

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases 
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027 
(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) 
(404) 639-8200 
(404) 639-8905 Fax 
fluinbox@cdc.gov 
www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/ 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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National Handwashing Awareness Week
Dec
2
to Dec 8

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Henry the Hand Foundation (501c3) 
175 East Fountain Ave
Glensdale, OH 45246 
(513) 769-HAND (4263) 
dr.will@henrythehand.com 
www.henrythehand.org 
Materials available 
Contact: Dr. Will Sawyer

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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Contact Lens Health Week
Aug
19
to Aug 23

Contact Lens Health Week

Social: #OnePairTakeCare

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/contact-lens-health-week.html 

CDC, in close collaboration with partners, has organized Contact Lens Health Week as a strategy to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and careAugust 19-23, 2019 marks the sixth annual Contact Lens Health Week. Increased awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.

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National Health Center Week
Aug
4
to Aug 10

National Health Center Week

Social: #NHCW19 #ValueCHCs

Twitter: @NACHC

Facebook: @nachc

Website: healthcenterweek.org/ 

America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities

National Health Center Week (August 4th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

Health centers serve 28 million patients – a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations. Each year we celebrate the work and services health centers provide to special populations within their community on designated days during the week.

This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invites you to celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities.”

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World Breastfeeding Week
Aug
1
to Aug 8

World Breastfeeding Week

Social: #WorldBreastFeedingWeek #WBW2019

Twitter: @WABAsecretariat

Facebook: @WABA.WBW

Website: www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org  

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of organisations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to protect, promote and support this right.

Annually, WABA coordinates and organises the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) between Aug 1-7. Since 2016, we have aligned our WBW campaign to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We call this the WBW-SDGs Campaign.

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National Youth Sports Week
Jul
15
to Jul 21

National Youth Sports Week

Social: #NationalYouthSportsWeek#NationalYouthSportsDay

Twitter: @youthsportsNCYS

Facebook: @ncys.org

YouTube: NCYS - National Council of Youth Sports

Website: http://www.ncys.org/advocacy/national-sports-day.php

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus in celebration of National Youth Sports Week host a physical activity Expo in a House of Representatives Office Building on Capitol Hill Washington D.C. on NCYS Youth Sports Day, Tuesday July 16, 2019.

National Youth Sports Week has been added to the National Health Observances (NHO) calendar.

The purpose of the event is to showcase how youth sports organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. The event features NCYS members and physical activity stations where members of Congress and their staff have the opportunity to play youth sports and learn about youth sports activities.

This kicks off a series of events at youth sports organizations across the nation to elevate the importance of youth sports. The NCYS seeks to level the playing field to enable all youth to have full access to sports. NCYS invites you to join in this celebration by calling attention to doing what you’re already doing – helping young people play sports.

The National Council of Youth Sports advocates for legislation that promotes safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities. We seek to enhance the youth sports experience in America for today and for generations to come!

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National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Jun
23
to Jun 29

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Social: #LightningSafetyAwarenessWeek #LightningSafetyWeek #LightningSafety 

Twitter: @NWS @lightningkim @ESFIdotorg @lightning_leon

Facebook: @NWS

YouTube: usweathergov

Website: www.weather.gov/iln/lightningsafetyweekhttp://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/LSC-LSAW.htmlhttp://lightning.org/

National Lightning Safety Awareness week was started in 2001 to call attention to this underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from about 50 per year to about 30. This reduction in fatalities is largely due to greater awareness of the lightning danger, and people seeking safety when thunderstorms threaten. During National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we encourage you to learn more about lightning and lightning safety. 

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Men's Health Week 2019
Jun
10
to Jun 16

Men's Health Week 2019

Social: #MensHealthWeek2018 #MensHealthWeek #ShowUsYourBlue #MensHealth

Twitter: @MensHlthNetwork

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MHNMedia

Website: http://www.menshealthmonth.org/imhw/imhw.html

Led by Men’s Health Network, representatives from six leading men’s health organizations around the world met at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna, Austria in 2002 and resolved to work together to launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW). The goal is to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage inter- and intra-national institutions to develop health policies and services that meet the specific needs of men, boys, and their families.

The history of International Men’s Health Week and Men’s Health Month can be found here.

Here are some tools that will help you create a Men’s Health week event unique to where you work, play, or pray:

  • For a list of things you can plan: click here

  • To view samples of activities others have designed to celebrate Men’s Health week: click here

  • For more information, help with programs, and/or to have your initiative listed on the Men’s Health Week web site, please contact: mhw@menshealthweek.org.

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Rip Current Awareness Week
Jun
2
to Jun 8

Rip Current Awareness Week

Social: #RipCurrentAwarenessWeek #SummerSafety #BeachSafety

Twitter: @NWS@NOAA

Website: https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent 

  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.

  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association).

  • Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it's safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.

  • Learn how to spot a rip current. The Break the Grip of the Rip free online training will help you learn how to spot a rip current.

  • What are scientists doing to keep swimmers safer? Find out in this video: Predict the Rip

  • Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean.

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May
20
to May 26

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service 
Analyze, Forecast and Support Office
1325 East West Highway, Station 126
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
(301) 427-9000 
Christopher.Vaccaro@noaa.gov 
www.weather.gov/safety/events_calendar 
Materials available 
Contact: Christopher Vaccaro

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
May
20
to May 26

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333 
(800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) 
(888) 232-6348 TTY 
healthywater@cdc.gov 
www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming 
Materials available 
Contact: Kirsten Yates

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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May
12
to May 18

National Women's Health Week

Office on Women's Health 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712E
Washington, DC 20201 
(202) 690-7650 
(202) 401-4005 Fax 
www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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May
12
to May 18

National Stuttering Awareness Week

National Stuttering Association 
119 W. 40th Street 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018 
(800) 937-8888 
(212) 944-8244 Fax 
Info@WeStutter.org 
https://westutter.org/what-is-stuttering/national-stuttering-awareness-week-nsaw/
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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May
12
to May 18

National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

Facing Addiction with NCADD 
217 Broadway, Suite 712
New York, NY 10007 
(800) NCA-CALL (622-2255) (24-Hour Helpline)
(212) 269-7797 
(212) 269-7510 Fax 
national@ncadd.org 
www.facingaddiction.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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May
6
to May 12

National Neuropathy Awareness Week

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy 
485 Half Day Rd., Suite 350
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 
(847) 883-9942 
(847) 883-9960 Fax 
info@tffpn.org 
www.foundationforpn.org 
Materials available 
Contact: Lindsay Colbert

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
May
5
to May 11

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

Social: #SafetyAndHealthWeek #NAOSH

Twitter: @NAOSHWeek @ASSPSafety

Facebook: @ASSESafety

Website: http://www.naosh.org/english/

NAOSH Week was first launched in June 1997, marked by an agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. CSSE's Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Week (COHS) had been observed from 1986-1996. During the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between the governments of Mexico, United States, and Canada, workplace safety within the boundaries of all three nations was discussed by government labour department representatives. Canada's representative suggested to his Mexican and American counterparts that their countries may wish to become involved in a similar endeavor to COHS Week.

Subsequently, CSSE was approached for permission and support to expand the COHS Week format and experience to Mexico and the United States. After many meetings between Labour Canada and the CSSE COHS Committee in 1995, the proposal to expand the COHS format into the North American arena was formalized with the CSSE Board of Directors at their spring 1996 meeting. It was agreed that CSSE would adopt the North American concept and implement it in place of the Canadian Week. Labour Canada agreed to ensure that CSSE was the officially recognized safety organization responsible for NAOSH Week.

In September 1996, the agreement was taken to the NAFTA meeting and all parties agreed to the proposal. NAOSH Week was established.

The goal during Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
May
5
to May 11

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Social: #ChildrensMentalHealthMatters #CMHAW

Twitter: @NationalFFCMH

Facebook: @NationalFederation

Website: https://www.ffcmh.org/awarenessweek

What Can You Do to Help?

  • Talk openly about mental health

  • Educate yourself and others about mental health

  • Be conscious of your language ‐ avoid words and phrases that perpetuate bias and stigma

  • Encourage equality in how people perceive physical illness and mental illness

  • Show empathy and compassion for those living with a mental health condition

  • Stop the criminalization of those who live with mental illness

  • Push back against the way people who live with mental illness are portrayed in the media

  • See the person, not the illness

  • Advocate for mental health reform

  • Pledge to fight mental health stigma and bias at: Nami.org/stigmafree, Bringchange2mind.org, Time‐to‐change.org.uk, Stampoutstigma.com

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National Physical Education & Sport Week
May
1
to May 7

National Physical Education & Sport Week

Social: #HealthMovesMinds

Twitter: @SHAPE_America

Facebook: @AAHPERD

Website: https://www.shapeamerica.org/events/pesportweek/National-PE-and-Sport-Week.aspx

Creating a Kinder, Healthier Future for All Children

Across the country, today’s children and adolescents — at all grade levels — do not get enough physical activity, and are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Understanding these challenges, promoting an active school environment, and teaching children how to cope with stress, bullying, and societal pressures can make all the difference.

Every day, dedicated health and physical education teachers are making a profound difference in the lives of their students. They are preparing them to thrive physically, emotionally and socially to lead healthy and active lives.

That’s why this month — and in the months ahead — we want to highlight the activities, teachers and programs that inspire healthy habits, fuel active minds, and teach kids to thrive.

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Air Quality Awareness Week
Apr
29
to May 3

Air Quality Awareness Week

Social: #AirAware, #AQAW

Twitter: @EPA

Facebook: @EPA

Website: www3.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/ 

On behalf of our AirNow partners – NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of State – EPA is pleased to announce that Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW) 2019 will be held April 29 – May 3, 2019.

The theme for this year is Check the AQI & Get Outside. Our goal is to promote events that increase air quality awareness and encourage people to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) to find out the best time of the day to be active outdoors.

We plan to focus on the following daily topics this year, featuring one each day on the AQAW website:

  • Monday - Your Heart & Lungs

  • Tuesday - Wildfires & Smoke

  • Wednesday - Air Quality Index & Sensors

  • Thursday - Air Quality and Your Community

  • Friday - Air Quality Around the World

EPA will make the website live Monday, April 29, the first day of AQAW (see https://www.airnow.gov/airaware).   

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National Infant Immunization Week
Apr
27
to May 4

National Infant Immunization Week

Social: #ivax2protect

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html 

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

In 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of NIIW.  Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health.

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World Immunization Week
Apr
24
to Apr 30

World Immunization Week

Social: #VaccinesWork

Twitter: @WHO

Facebook: @WHO

Website: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-immunization-week/world-immunization-week-2019

Vaccines work: We are protected together

Celebrated in the last week of April, World Immunization Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today.

The theme of this year’s campaign is Protected Together: Vaccines Work!, and the campaign will celebrate Vaccine Heroes from around the world – from parents and community members to health workers and innovators – who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccines.

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Every Kid Healthy™ Week
Apr
22
to Apr 26

Every Kid Healthy™ Week

Social: #EveryKidHealthy

Twitter: @Act4HlthyKids

Facebook: @act4healthykids

Website: www.everykidhealthyweek.org 

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health-focused. Keep reading to learn how to host an event!

Host an Every Kid Healthy Event at Your School

More than 7,000 schools have hosted events since 2013, and more than 3 million students, staff, family, and community members have participated in tasting new, nutritious foods at taste tests; learning health tips at school health fairs; competing in field days, running in fun runs; and much, much more.

Every Kid Healthy Week events should promote and reinforce healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. We have lots of resources to help you promote your event and get students and the whole community excited and involved.

Wondering where to start? If your school is already planning a field day or other school event in April, make the focus on healthy kids and families to show your school's commitment to wellness. Or if you are looking for something new, check out Game On for field day activities, event ideas, resources and step-by-step guidance. Game On activities also include tips and ideas on how to engage volunteers to support your needs. And get inspired by these awesome success stories from past Every Kid Healthy Week events.

Remember to engage passionate individuals from your local community as volunteers who can offer expertise and extra hands to help you implement your school health events and activities. Find tips for engaging parents and community volunteers in our Every Kid Healthy Week Toolkit.

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National Infertility Awareness Week
Apr
21
to Apr 27

National Infertility Awareness Week

Social: #InfertilityUncovered, #NIAW

Twitter: @resolveorg

Facebook: @resolveinfertilityorg

Website: infertilityawareness.org 

Anyone can be challenged to have a family. No matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status you are, infertility doesn’t discriminate.

Together, we can change how others view infertility. It begins with being part of a national movement, National Infertility Awareness Week®. This week unites millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families.

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Apr
8
to Apr 12

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Social: #NYVPW

Twitter: @NATIONALSAVE

Facebook: @NationalSAVE

Website: http://nationalsave.org/nyvpw/

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, is proud to be a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW)Campaign.  Founded in 2001, NYVPW hopes to raise awareness and educate youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence before it happens.  This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer, and the role that everyone can play in preventing youth violence. SAVE serves as the crossroads to the campaign and provides countless resources to prepare for the event, including the official campaign Action Kit that serves as a step-by-step planning guide, suggestions for how each sector of the community can support the campaign, activity ideas, links to national organizations sponsoring the event, articles and interviews on violence prevention, and much, much more!

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National Public Health Week – Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together
Apr
1
to Apr 7

National Public Health Week – Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together

THEME: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.

Social: #NPHW

Twitter: @NPHW

Facebook: @AmericanPublicHealthAssociation

Website: www.nphw.org 

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

National Public Health Week 2019 is fast approaching! Join us for a week of inspiring events, conversations and celebrations nationwide. Don't miss: 

  • The Billion Steps Challenge, going on right now! It's not too late to start a team or join one. The Challenge continues until April 7. Share your progress using #APHABillionSteps.

  • Our annual Twitter chat, a conversation with public health leaders from around the country. Mark your calendar for April 3, and don't forget to RSVP.

  • The NPHW Forum on April 1 featuring grassroots organizers from across the country. You can register to attend in person or watch the event via webcast.

  • NPHW's Student Day discussion on April 4, when public health professionals will share tips on how to break into the field. You can join us in D.C. or watch the webcast.

Our fact sheets are available year-round on the NPHW website so we can keep the momentum and learning going. Learn more about this year's daily themes and how you can be part of the movement for science, action and health.

Why do we celebrate National Public Health Week? APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin explains that perfectly in his NPHW 2019 Welcome Letter.

Need help promoting or planning your NPHW events? Check out our Tools & Tips page for links to lots of helpful resources. Those include our fun Social Media 101 and Social Media 201 webinars. Check out our roundup of APHA-hosted NPHW events and let us know if you'll be joining us.

And don't forget to add your events to our NPHW calendar. Let everyone know how you're celebrating this year!

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National Poison Prevention Week
Mar
18
to Mar 24

National Poison Prevention Week

Social: #PoisonPreventionWeek, #PPW2019

Twitter: @NPPW2019

Facebook: @NPPW2019

Website: poisonprevention.org/Poison-Prevention-Week 

National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

The National Poison Prevention Week Planner below will help you plan and implement activities to raise awareness of poison prevention during the third full week of March each year.

As you begin planning, contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to learn how you can support existing activities in your community.

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Brain Awareness Week
Mar
11
to Mar 17

Brain Awareness Week

Social: #BrainAwarenessWeek, #BrainWeek

Twitter: @dana_fdn

Facebook: @BrainAwarenessWeek

Website: http://www.dana.org/BAW/

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. 

Mark your calendars for future BAW campaign dates:
March 11-17, 2019
March 16-22, 2020 

Interested in getting involved? Visit Become a Partner for more information.

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
Jan
22
to Jan 27

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Social: #NDAFW

Twitter: @NIDAnews

Facebook: @NIDANIH

Website: teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is coming January 22-27, 2019. NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! Your participation truly matters and has helped us grow. Register your event or promotional activity and we can help you plan it. We can also tell you how to order free science-based materials for teens. Then, let us know how it went so others can be inspired.
Here’s how it works:

  • You Host an NDAFW Event January 22–27, 2019

  • NIDA Provides Free Materials for Teens

  • & Together We SHATTER THE MYTHS®

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Folic Acid Awareness Week
Jan
6
to Jan 12

Folic Acid Awareness Week

Social: #Best4YouBest4Baby

Twitter: @NBDPN

Facebook: @nbdpn

Website: www.nbdpn.org/faaw.php  

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth.
If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up
to 70% of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects.

The CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service recommend that all women between the ages of 15 and 45 consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent two types of neural tube defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. Since these birth defects develop within the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is important to have enough folic acid in your body BEFORE becoming pregnant and to continue getting enough folic acid during early pregnancy.  Women need folic acid even if they are not planning to become pregnant since almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.  

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week
Nov
12
to Nov 18

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Social: #USAAW18

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html 

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance that gives participating organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Be Antibiotics Aware, a CDC educational effort, complements U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week by providing partners with up-to-date information to help improve human antibiotic prescribing and use in the United States.

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2018 STD Prevention Conference
Aug
27
to Aug 30

2018 STD Prevention Conference

Social: #STDConf18

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/stdconference/default.htm

Theme: "Intersecting Epidemics, Integrated Solutions"

The biennial 2018 National STD Prevention Conference will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from August 27-30, 2018.

This year we will focus our discussions around “Intersecting Epidemics, Integrated Solutions” by exploring the intersection between STDs not only with one another, but also with HIV, reproductive health, maternal-child health, and substance use. Sexual health professionals, including program staff, scientists, clinicians, youth-serving professionals, and reproductive health care providers are invited to attend this year’s conference to learn from state-of-the-art updates and practical, clinically-focused research. Please join us in creating new opportunities to maximize the health of our communities and help define the next generation of STD prevention and control.

We look forward to seeing everyone in August!

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