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National Interprofessional Health Care Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Interprofessional Health Care Month

Social: #ICP, #Interprofessional, #Healthcare

Twitter: @NAPractice

Website: www.napractice.org/Advocacy/National-Interprofessional-Health-Care-Month  

Proclamation

“National Interprofessional Health Care Month”

Whereas, quality health care is in the public’s interest for maintenance of

 independence, productivity, happiness, overall welfare and well-being of society.

 Whereas, quality health care is provided collaboratively by professionals of multiple

 disciplines dependent upon the health needs of the public at large.

 Whereas, primary health care begins with health promotion, wellness, and the

 prevention of the very diseases and health problems that require treatment from

 various healthcare professionals.

 Whereas, the complexity and breadth of health promotion, illness prevention and

 quality health care benefits from the diverse knowledge and skills of a range of health

 care professionals.

 Whereas, health care clinicians collaborating in an interprofessional team model of

 service enhances not only coordination, but safe, effective and high quality health

 care.

 Therefore, the National Academies of Practice proclaim

 the month of April as

“National Interprofessional Health Care Month.”

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Occupational Therapy Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Occupational Therapy Month

Social: #OTMonth

Twitter: @AOTAInc

Facebook: @AmericanOccupationalTherapyAssociationAOTA

Website: www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth.aspx 

As an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Your holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.

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Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Social: #WomensEyeHealth

Twitter: @PBA_savingsight

Facebook: @preventblindness

Website: www.preventblindness.org/womens-eye-health-and-safety-awareness-month 

The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.  More women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come. 

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Social: #NCAPM2019

Twitter: @ChildWelfareGov

Facebook: @childwelfare

Website: www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/ 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children. To learn more about significant moments in child abuse prevention, browse the NCAPM timeline:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/about/timeline/

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 
1220 L Street NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC 20005 
(800) 656-4673 
(202) 544-1034 
info@rainn.org 
www.rainn.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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 Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Safety Council 
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143 
(800) 621-7619 
(630) 285-1434 Fax 
customerservice@nsc.org 
www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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 Donate Life Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month

Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Parklawn Building, Room 08W53A
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 
(301) 443-7577 
(301) 594-6095 Fax 
donation@hrsa.gov 
www.organdonor.gov 
Materials available 
Contact: Division of Transplantation Staff

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 Facial Protection Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Facial Protection Month

National Facial Protection Month

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Association of Orthodontists 
9700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018 
(847) 678-6200 
inquiries@aaoms.org 
www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month 
Materials available 
Contact: AAOMS Communications

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 Minority Health Month
Apr
1
12:00 AM00:00

National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month

Office of Minority Health 
Tower Oaks Building 
1101 Wootton Parkway 
Suite 600 
Rockville, MD 20852 
(800) 444-6472 
info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov 
www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov 
Materials available 
Contact: Information Specialist

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 Autism Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

The Autism Society 
4340 East West Highway, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067 
(800) 3–AUTISM (328-8476)
(301) 657-0881 
(301) 657-0869 Fax 
info@autism-society.org 
www.autism-society.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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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Alcohol Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

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

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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Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action

Social: #SAAM

Twitter: @nsvrc

Facebook: @nsvrc

Website: www.nsvrc.org/saam 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.  

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #OralCancerAwareness, #OralCancer

Twitter: @oralcancerfnd

Facebook: @oralcancer

Website: www.oralcancer.org 

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Approximately 53,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. For more than a decade there has been an annual increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This is expected to continue as there is no national screening policy or protocol, and the risk factors for the disease continue to be relatively unchanged.

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Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #TesticularCancer

Twitter: @TAMHBlog, @MensHlthNetwork

Facebook: @menshealthnetwork

Website: www.TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com 

About Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men ages 15-35 years, but men of all ages can be at risk.

Testicular cancer is of special concern to young men. It’s less common in middle-aged and older men. Caucasian men are about 5 times more likely to develop testicular cancer than African American men. The rate among Hispanic men lies between those of African Americans and Caucasians.

In the U.S., over 8,500 cases are diagnosed each year, and almost 400 males die of testicular cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of diagnosis is about age 33.

Most testicular cancer awareness organizations recommend that males conduct regular self-exams. Instructions for self-exams can be found here.

You can learn more about testicular cancer at the Men’s Health Resource Center.

You can download free brochures in English and Spanish at the Men’s Health Library.
English | Spanish

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Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Social: #SportEyeSafety

Twitter: @aao_ophth

Facebook: @AmericanAcademyofOphthalmology

Website: aao.org/eyesmart 

More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!

Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries:

  • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.

  • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.

  • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.

  • Know that regular glasses don't provide enough protection

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
Apr
1
12:00 AM00:00

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Social: #IBSAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @IFFGD

Facebook: @IFFGD

Website: aboutibs.org 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in which abdominal pain is associated with a range of symptoms. Typically, these include intermittent abdominal pain accompanied by diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both. Other symptoms may also be present.

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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Social: #NationalGlaucomaAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @NEHEP

Facebook: @NationalEyeHealthEducationProgram

Website: nei.nih.gov/nehep/gam/ 

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.

If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented. Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include:

  • African Americans over age 40

  • Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos

  • People with a family history of the disease

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National Radon Action Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Radon Action Month

Social: #NationalRadonActionMonth

Twitter: @EPA

Facebook: @EPA

Website: www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information 

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

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Thyroid Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Thyroid Awareness Month

Social: #ThyroidAwarenessMonth, #ThyroidAwareness

Twitter: @TheAACE

Facebook: @TheAACE

Website: www.thyroidawareness.com 

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body's overall well-being.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Social: #CervicalHealthMonth, #StopHPVCancer

Twitter: @StopHPVCancer

Facebook: @StopCervicalCancer

Website: www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/

What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in their communities.

NCCC and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) also offer a range of resources to educate the public and healthcare providers about cervical health, from fact sheets to episodes of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast.

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National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Social: #TBIAwareness

Twitter: @JohnnyOADTBI

Facebook: @johnnyofoundation

Website: www.thejohnnyo.org 

Winter sports are a great way to have fun and stay in shape. Flying down the ski slopes at 25+ miles per hour or shredding the terrain on a snowboard at more than 20 mph is certainly exhilarating, but it can be dangerous, especially if you hit your head when you crash at those speeds. Hitting your head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can disrupt brain function.

In 2009, emergency departments in the United States treated 16,948 patients for head injuries sustained during the winter sports of skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. As National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month, January is a great time to learn about traumatic brain injuries associated with winter sports.

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Dry January
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Dry January

Social: #DryJanuary

Twitter: @AlcoholChangeUK

Facebook: @AlcoholChangeUK

Website: https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january/about-dry-january/what-is-dry-january

Dry January challenges you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol. Click on the link to download workplace resources and also see our infographic for more information on alcohol awareness.

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Social: #Best4YouBest4Baby

Twitter: @NBDPN

Facebook: @nbdpn

Website: www.nbdpn.org/national_birth_defects_prevent.php

Birth defects are abnormal conditions that happen before or at the time of birth. Some are mild–like an extra finger or toe. Some are very serious–like a heart defect. They can cause physical, mental, or medical problems. Some, like Down syndrome or sickle cell anemia, are caused by genetic factors. Others are caused by certain drugs, medicines or chemicals. But the causes of most birth defects are still a mystery. Researchers are working hard to learn the causes of birth defects so that we can find ways to prevent them.

Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can increase her own chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.

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