These health care observances are compiled by the Alabama Nursing Home Association. We strive to provide correct information, but can’t guarantee accuracy or validity. You are encouraged to verify the information.
8: Student Nurses Day
The American Nurses Association designated one day during National Nurses Week — May 8 — as National Student Nurses Day. https://resources.nurse.com/nursing-students-celebrate-nnw
18: National Speech Pathologist Day
Held annually on May 18 to recognize the contributions of speech language pathologists in health care, schools and other settings.
6-12: National Nurses Day and Week
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. American Nurses Association: www.nursingworld.org.
8-14: National Hospital Week
Focuses public attention on the numerous contributions hospitals make to their communities. Celebrated annually on the week that includes Florence Nightingale’s birthday. American Hospital Association: www.aha.org.
8-14: National Skilled Nursing Care Week
Provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. American Health Care Association: www.ahcancal.org or www.nnhw.org.
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Raises awareness about communication disorders and the audiologists, speech-language pathologists and other professionals who help those with communication challenges. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: www.asha.org.
National American Stroke Month
This observance is an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the fight against strokes. National Stroke Association: www.stroke.org.
National Arthritis Awareness Month
The Arthritis Foundation is leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis, and increase support for the nearly 43 million Americans with arthritis. Arthritis Foundation: www.arthritis.org.
National Mental Health Awareness Month
A national movement to raise awareness about mental health. https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month
Older Americans Month
Older Americans Month is observed throughout the United States by aging advocacy organizations, providers and state and area agencies on aging. U.S. Administration for Community Living: www.acl.gov.
5: Cancer Survivors Day
Observed annually the first Sunday of June, National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration of life. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation: www.ncsd.org.
16-23: National Nursing Assistants Week
June 16: National Career Nursing Assistants Day
The 44th Annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week recognizes nursing assistants and other direct care workers who provide daily care in nursing homes. National Network of Career Nursing Assistants: www.cna-network.org.
26-July 2: Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
Celebrated the last week of June, this event promotes an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of Americans who are deaf-blind, or vision and hearing impaired. Helen Keller National Center: www.helenkeller.org.
Cataract Awareness Month
There are currently more than 24 million Americans aged 40 or older who have cataract; it is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. www.preventblindness.org
Men’s Health Month
Celebrated every June, Men’s Health Month heightens the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men’s Health Network: www.menshealthmonth.org.
National Safety Month
An annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. National Safety Council: www.nsc.org.
24: National Parents’ Day
Since 1994, the fourth Sunday in July has honored parents’ contributions to their children. National Parents’ Day Council: www.parentsday.com.
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Eye injuries of all types occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day. This observance teaches you how to best protect yourself and others from eye injuries. American Academy of Ophthalmology: www.aao.org.
2: National Night Out Against Crime
Since 1984, the first Tuesday in August has been dedicated to promoting involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out: http://natw.org.
National Immunization Awareness Month
Provides an opportunity to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. National Public Health Information Coalition: www.nphic.org.
11: National Grandparents Day
National Grandparents Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. www.grandparentsday.org.
11-17: National Assisted Living Week
Beginning annually on Grandparents Day, National Assisted Living Week commemorates the staff and customers of our nation’s assisted living residences. National Center for Assisted Living: www.ahcancal.org or www.nalw.org.
11-17: National Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week
Celebrated annually the second full week of September, this event recognizes the valuable contributions of housekeeping staff. American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services: www.ahe.org.
Healthy Aging Month
Effort to broaden awareness of the positive aspects of aging and to provide information and inspiration for adults, age 50+, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial fitness. Healthy Aging: www.healthyaging.net.
2-8: Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week
Held annually the first full week of October, this event honors employees who prepare and serve food in healthcare facilities. Association for Healthcare Foodservice: www.healthcarefoodservice.org.
Residents’ Rights Month
Residents’ Rights month is celebrated to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. It is a time for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity and respect of each individual resident. www.theconsumervoice.org.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
To increase awareness of the disease, the progress that has been made to find a cure and to honor those that have or are currently diagnosed with breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Foundation: www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
National Physical Therapy Month
To educate consumers about the unique benefits of physical therapy treatments. American Physical Therapy Association: www.apta.org.
14: World Diabetes Day/American Diabetes Month
Held each year on November 14, the day seeks to increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. International Diabetes Foundation: www.idf.org and American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org.
17: Great American Smokeout Day
The third Thursday of November is set aside for an effort to encourage smokers to use the date to decide to quit; or to plan and quit smoking that day. American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org.
6-12: National Nurse Practitioner Week
Held annually the second full week of November, National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrates these exceptional health care providers and reminds lawmakers of the importance of removing barriers to practice so that nurse practitioners will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education. https://www.aanp.org/about/about-the-american-association-of-nurse-practitioners-aanp/media/np-week
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
To increase awareness of the disease and what the Alzheimer’s Association is doing to help persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org.
National Family Caregivers Month
A time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Caregiver Action Network: www.caregiveraction.org.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
To promote awareness of hospice care, and to honor patients and family members, as well as the dedicated professionals and volunteers who serve in hospice settings. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: www.nhpco.org.
3: International Day of People with Disability
Held annually on December 3, this observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. www.idpwd.com.au
4-10: National Handwashing Awareness Week
This observance reminds us to wash our hands when they are dirty and before eating, not to cough or sneeze into our hands and not to put our hands or fingers into our eyes, ears or mouth. Henry the Hand: www.henrythehand.org.
4-10: National Influenza Vaccination Week
This national awareness week highlights the importance of influenza vaccination. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/.
Christmas Seals Campaign
For more than 90 years, donations to the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals Campaign have helped fund programs of education, advocacy and research for lung disease and its causes. American Lung Association: www.christmasseals.org.
Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Month
Communities celebrate this event to help the Arthritis Foundation support research and improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis. Contact your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation: www.arthritis.org