2013 Health Care Observances

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2013 Health Care Observances Calendar

Reach out to your community with health care-related events and activities that are tied to popular observances.

Use these daily, weekly and monthly health care observances to provide disease-specific education.

Health care observances are a popular vehicle to provide disease-specific education, events and activities.

This month-by-month guide of the most commonly celebrated health care observances allows you to plan your outreach initiatives throughout the year.

Whether you are a hospital, physician group, assisted living facility or other health care provider, this list of daily, weekly and monthly health care observances is a useful tool for providing educational activities to your senior community.

January 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Blood Donor Month
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week ….7-13
  • Healthy Weight Week…20-26
  • National Nurse Anesthetists Week…20-26
  • National Activity Professionals Week…20-25
  • National Medical Group Practice Week…20-24
  • Women’s Healthy Weight Day…24
  • National IV Nurse Day…25


February 2013 Health Care Observances

  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Wise Health Care Consumer Month
  • National Patient Recognition Week…1-7
  • Congenital Heart Defect  (CHD) Awareness Week …7-14
  • National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week …10-16
  • Cardiovascular Professionals Week…10-16
  • National Wear Red Day…1
  • National Patient Recognition Day…3
  • World Cancer Day …4
  • National Donor Day …14


March 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National MS Education and Awareness Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Professional Social Work Month
  • American Red Cross Month
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week…10-16
  • Brain Awareness Week…11-17
  • National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week…17-23
  • Registered Dietitian Day…13
  • World Kidney Day…14
  • World Tuberculosis Day…24
  • American Diabetes Alert Day…28
  • National Doctor’s Day…30


April 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Cancer Control Month
  • National Foot Health Awareness Month
  • National Occupational Therapy Month
  • Foot Health Month
  • National Public Health Week…1-6
  • National Healthcare Volunteer Week…21-27
  • National Volunteer Week…21-27
  • National Minority Cancer Awareness Week…21-27
  • Healthcare Administrative Professionals Week…22-28
  • National Walk Day…3
  • World Health Day…7


May 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National ALS Awareness Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Breathe Easy Month
  • National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Stroke Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • National Hospital Week…6-12
  • National Nurses Week…6-12
  • National Nursing Home Week..12-18
  • National Women’s Health Week…12-18
  • National Emergency Medical Services Week…19-25
  • Older Americans Mental Health Week…19-25
  • National Neuropathy Week…19-25
  • Melanoma Monday…6
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day…8
  • National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day…12
  • National Women’s Check-Up Day…13
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day…29


JUNE 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • National Hernia Awareness Month
  • National Home Safety Month
  • Sun Safety Week…2-8
  • National Men’s Health Week…10-16
  • National Nursing Assistants Week…13-20
  • National Cancer Survivors Day…2
  • National Career Nursing Assistants Day…13


JULY 2013 Health Care Observances

  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • National Therapeutic Recreation Week…14-20
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week…14-20


AUGUST 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Eye Exam Month
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Medic Alert Awareness Month
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
  • National Health Center Week…11-17
  • National Safe at Home Week…25-31
  • Health Unit Coordinator Day…23


SEPTEMBER 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Cholesterol Education Month
  • National Osteopathic Medicine Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Prostate Health Month
  • National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration…15-21
  • Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day…17
  • World Alzheimer’s Day…21
  • Family Health and Fitness Day USA…29
  • Women’s Health and Fitness Day…25


OCTOBER 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Family Health Month
  • National Liver Awareness Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Spinal Health Month
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Depression and Mental Health Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Gerontological Nurses Week…1-8
  • National Physician Assistants Week…6-12
  • Fire Prevention Week…6-12
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week…6-12
  • Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week..12-20
  • National Case Management Week…13-19
  • International Infection Prevention Week…20-26
  • National Health Education Week…20-26
  • National Healthcare Quality Week …20-26
  • National Respiratory Care Week…20-26
  • Pastoral Care Week…20-26
  • International Day of Older Persons…1
  • World Mental Health Day…10
  • National Depression Screening Day…10
  • Lung Health Day …23
  • World Stroke Day…29


NOVEMBER 2013 Health Care Observances

  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Home Care Month
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
  • National Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • COPD Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • GERD Awareness Week…24-30
  • World Diabetes Day…14
  • Great American Smokeout…21


DECEMBER 2013 Health Care Observances

  • World AIDS Day…1
  • National Aplastic Anemia & MDS Awareness Week…1-7
  • National Hand Washing Awareness Week…1-7


JANUARY 2014 Health Care Observances

  • National Blood Donor Month
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week ….5-11
  • Healthy Weight Week…19-25
  • National Nurse Anesthetists Week…19-25
  • National Activity Professionals Week…19-25
  • National Medical Group Practice Week…21-25
  • Women’s Healthy Weight Day…23
  • National IV Nurse Day…25