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March 2017

April Health Observances


National Health Observances are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness and prevention on  important health topics. This April health observances are focused on alcohol awareness but there are several other observances that are are promoted this month such as as well as autism, diabetes and World Health Day on April 7.


Alcohol Awareness Month ::

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

Is there good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse.

Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can Alcohol Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
  • Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting.






Other Health Observances in April ::

1-30 | Alcohol Awareness Month
Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by providing information about alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery. NCADD’s national network of affiliates and other supporting organizations across the country will use this opportunity to address the nation’s leading public health problem through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs, and events in their local communities.

For more information, contact :: NCADD |


1-30 | Autism Awareness Month (National)
To highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The nation recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

For more information, contact :: Autism Source Autism Society | |


1-30 | Defeat Diabetes Month
Defeat Diabetes Month provides information, articles, tips, cartoons, recipes, and more to help you delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes, or to live a healthier lifestyle with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

For more information, contact: Defeat Diabetes Foundation | | #DefeatDiabetesMonth


1-30 | Donate Life Month (National)
National Donate Life Month was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. It features an entire month of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

For more information, contact: Donate Life America | | | #DonateLifeMonth


1-30 | Minority Health Month (National)
National Minority Health Month calls for a renewed commitment to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. It is an inclusive initiative that addresses the health needs of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

For more information, contact: Office of Minority Health Resource Center | | @MinorityHealth


7 | Health Day (Global)
Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.

For more information, contact:


10-14 | Cancer Registrars Week (National)
National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW) was established to promote the work of cancer registry professionals. Through NCRW, cancer registrars promote how the cancer data they collect provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Supervisors of cancer registry professionals take this opportunity to organize staff recognition events and acknowledge their staff’s important role.

For more information, contact:


23-29 | Volunteer Week (National)
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service. Join your peers nationwide during National Volunteer Week in celebration and recognition of your volunteers’ efforts to advance your organization.

For more information, contact: Todd Ross Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals


24-28 | Patient Experience Week
Patient Experience Week is an annual event to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor the people
who impact patient experience every day— from nurses and physicians, to support staff and executive professionals, to patients, families, and communities.

For more information, contact: The Beryl Institute | @BerylInstitute #PXWeek


Source :: SHSMD

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