Promoting Your Public Report: A Hands-on Guide

2b. Health Observances Calendar 2011

Below is a partial list of health observance dates and national report launches in the United States promoted by one or more organizations. While based on the most complete information available as of September 2010, the specific observance dates are subject to change.


Cervical Cancer Screening Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Birth Defects Prevention Month
Blood Donor Month
Glaucoma Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
AHRQ's Annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan 10-16)
Women's Healthy Weight Day (Jan 20)
Healthy Weight Week (Jan 16-22)
Medical Group Management Week (Jan 24-28)

February 2011

American Heart Month
Children's Ear, Nose, Throat Month
Children's Dental Health Month
Low Vision Awareness Month
Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb 2)
Wear Red Day/Heart Disease (Feb 4)
Give Kids a Smile Day/Dental Care (Feb 4)
Burn Awareness Week (Feb 6-12)
Pride in Food Service Week (Feb 7-11)
Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (Feb 13-19)
Cardiovascular Professionals Week (Feb 13-19)
Child Passenger Safety Week (Feb 13-19)
Condom Week (Feb 13-19)
Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week (Feb 13-19)
National Donor Day (Feb 14)
Women's Heart Health Day (Feb 18)
Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 27-Mar5

March 2011

American Red Cross Month
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Eye Donor Month
Hemophilia Month
Kidney Month
Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
Nutrition Month
Save Your Vision Month
Workplace Eye Safety Month
Patient Safety Awareness Week (Mar 6-12)
School Breakfast Week (Mar 7-11)
Sleep Awareness Week (Mar 3-9)
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week (Mar 14-18)
Brain Awareness Week (Mar 14-20
American Diabetes Alert Day (Mar 22)
"Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" became law in 2009 (Mar 23)
Doctors' Day (Mar 29)

April 2011

Alcohol Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month
Cancer Control Month
Cesarean Awareness Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Donate Life Month
Humor Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
Minority Health Awareness Month
STD Awareness Month
Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
Youth Sports Safety Month
Kick Butts Day (Apr 2)
National Alcohol Screening Day (Apr 3)
World Health Day (Apr 7)
Public Health Week (Apr 7-13)
Health Information Privacy & Security Week (Apr 10-16)
Minority Cancer Awareness Week (Apr 18-22)
Infant Immunization Week (Apr 19-26)
Parkinson's Awareness Week (Apr 20-26)
Earth Day (Apr 22)

May 2011

American Stroke Month
Arthritis Awareness Month
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month
Better Sleep Month
Bike Month
Breathe Easy Month
Cancer Research Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
High Blood Pressure Education Month
Mental Health Month
Older Americans Month
Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Trauma Awareness Month
AHRQ's Annual State Snapshots Reports
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 1-7)
Mental Health Counseling Week (May 1-7)
Cover the Uninsured Week (May 2-6)
Childhood Depression Awareness Day (May 4)
Asthma Day (May 6)
Nurses Week (May 6-12)
Nursing Home Week (May 8-14)
Women's Health Week (May 8-13)
Women's Check-up Day (May 9)
Hospital Week (May 9-13)
School Nurses Day (May 11)
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (May 12)
Neuropathy Week (May 15-21)
Bike to Work Week (May 16-20)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18)
World Hepatitis Day (May 19)
Running and Fitness Week (May 22-28)
Older Americans Mental Health Week (May 22-28)
National Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 25)
World No Tobacco Day (May 31)

June 2011

Clean Air Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Home Safety Month
Men's Health Week (Jun 13-20)
Blood Donor Day (Jun 14)
Headache Awareness Week (Jun 5-11)
HIV Testing Day (Jun 27)
Eye Safety Awareness Week (Jun 27-Jul 5)

July 2011

Eye Injury Prevention Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month
UV Safety Month
Childhood Obesity Week (Jul 5-11)
Alzheimer's Awareness Week (Jul 6-12)

August 2011

Cataract Awareness Month
Immunization Awareness Month
Pain Awareness Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
Minority Donor Awareness Day (Aug 1)
National Health Center Week (Aug 8-14)

September 2011

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Cholesterol Education Month
Fruit and Veggies Month (5-a Day)
Healthy Aging Month
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Muscular Dystrophy Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Sports and Home Eye Safety Month
Suicide Prevention Week (Sept 4-10)
Suicide Prevention Day (Sept 10)
Rehabilitation Awareness Week (Sept 19-24)
World Alzheimer's Day (Sept 21)
Family Health & Fitness Day USA (Sept 24)
Adult Immunization Week (Sept 25-30)
Women's Health & Fitness Day (Sept 28)
World Heart Day (Sept 29)

October 2011

Halloween Safety Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Campaign for Healthier Babies
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Children's Health Month
Cold and Flu Campaign
Dental Hygiene Month
Depression & Mental Health Month
Family Health Month
Health Literacy Month
Healthy Living Month
Physical Therapy Month
Spinal Health Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
American Heart Walk (dates vary)
National Child Health Day (Oct 3)
Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 4-10)
National Depression Screening Day (Oct 6)
Health Care Quality Week (Oct 9-15)
World Mental Health Day (Oct 10)
National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14)
Bone and Joint Decade National Awareness Week (Oct 12-20)
Infection Control Week (Oct 17-21)
Pharmacy Week (Oct 17-21)
Primary Care Week (Oct 17-21)
National Mammography Day (Oct 21)
Respiratory Care Week (Oct 25-28)

November 2011

American Diabetes Month
COPD Awareness Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Flu and Pneumonia Campaign
Great American Smokeout
Hospice Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
Health Information and Technology Week (Nov 11-19)
Diabetes Day (Nov 13)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week (Nov 20-26)

December 2011

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
World AIDS Day (Dec 1)
National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec 4-10)

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created February 2012
Internet Citation: 2b. Health Observances Calendar 2011. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.