2019 Featured Events
Gastroparesis is also called delayed gastric emptying. The term “gastric” refers to the stomach.
Normally, the stomach empties its contents in a controlled manner into the small intestines. In gastroparesis, the muscle contractions (motility) that move food along the digestive tract do not work properly and the stomach empties too slowly.
Gastroparesis is characterized by the presence of certain long-term symptoms together with delayed stomach emptying in the absence of any observable obstruction or blockage. The delayed stomach emptying is confirmed by a test.
IFFGD was founded in 1991 by one person struggling with the challenges imposed by a chronic GI disorder. Many others, from all walks of life, have joined with us.
Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month was founded by G-PACT in August 2010 in order to raise awareness of DTP in a short amount of time. Although we do it year round, we spend this month providing a lot of opportunities and events for people to get involved in to help us spread the word.
Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month started out as Gastroparesis Awareness Week from August 23 - August 29, 2009. That week encompassed the date of our founding, August 23, 2001. By the next year we received comments that a week wasn't long enough and decided to dedicate the entire month to it. Although we increase activity all month long, we still maintain Awareness Week as the biggest week of the year for awareness and provide additional events and ways for people to advocate and get involved.
By 2010, we had added Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction to our list of covered conditions so we changed the name to Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month to be more inclusive of a variety of conditions. In 2012, we added colonic inertia, and have plans to add more in the future. August will cover any paralytic condition of the GI tract we add as a focus in the future too.
Over the years we have done a variety of things to raise awareness and educate the public. We have added events, changed some things, and always try to make it unique every year. We are very active all year with research, advocacy, awareness, and support, so be sure to follow us all year for many opportunities to get involved besides just August!
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Join our work to make a difference for our nation's families:
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.
CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in outreach and education efforts during NIAM and throughout the year. You can find CDC promotional and educational resources for every audience, from pregnant women to young children to adolescents to adults, on CDC’s website for immunization partners.
Check with your state or local health department to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use during NIAM or plans to celebrate the month.
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.
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.
Psoriasis typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
If you develop a rash that doesn't go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should consider contacting your doctor.
As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are seeing a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time. But does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? Should your child use reading glasses or computer glasses? As you send your kids back to school this month for more time with screens and books, the American Academy of Ophthalmology are arming parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.
It’s a fact that there is a world-wide epidemic of myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Since 1971, the incidence of nearsightedness in the US nearly doubled, to 42 percent. In Asia, up to 90 percent of teenagers and adults are nearsighted. Clearly, something is going on. But scientists can’t agree on exactly what.
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.”
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 care. August 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.
The State of the Map US Organizing Committee is delighted to present talks on the past, present, and future of OpenStreetMap from the community that builds it! Dive deep on the intersection of open mapping and cities, community mapping around the world, routing and transportation, and more.
We are hosting 2 and a half days of talks and workshops on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. If you want to be sure not to miss a thing, make sure arrive on Thursday and head out on Sunday evening. Be ready for a mapping packed event!
Does this sound so exciting you want to do more than just attend? We can always use some help organizing. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out!
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The eighth annual Geo for Good User Summit is coming up in September!
In 2019, Google Earth Outreach is unifying the Earth Engine User Summit and Earth Outreach’s Geo for Good User Summit for their first ever combined Geo for Good Summit. This Summit will bring together the Earth Engine and Earth Outreach communities to one larger event where scientists, nonprofits and changemakers can learn from each other and potentially collaborate on projects for positive impact for our planet and its inhabitants.
Application Process: To ensure an effective hands-on experience, there will be a limited number of seats. Interested candidates will be asked to apply to attend the workshop.
Cost: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process.