Daily, Monthly, and Yearly

Awareness months, weeks, and days are important. They allow people with certain health conditions — along with their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups — to rally around a common cause and lend support.

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Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times. They can bring people together for a great cause. These are the daily, weekly, and monthly awareness campaigns for the year.  Join a group that raises attention on one of these campaigns and or volunteer if you have a few hours a week to spare. It is important to support each other and not just make people aware of a cause or volunteer time because you are directly involved in the cause only when it affects you personally but even when you don’t have one of the causes of the awareness campaigns.  

January

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Radon Action Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 7-13)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Jan. 22-28)

February

  • American Heart Month
  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • African Heritage and Health Week (first week of February)
  • National “Wear Red” Day for women’s heart health (Feb. 2)
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (Feb. 2)
  • World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7-14)
  • National Donor Day (Feb. 14)
  • Condom Week (Feb. 14-21)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (Feb. 28-March 3)

March

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Sleep Awareness Month
  • Trisomy Awareness Month
  • National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
  • World Kidney Day (March 8)
  • National School Breakfast Week (March 5-9)
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 11-17)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 11-17)
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 12-18)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21)
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 19-23)
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
  • American Diabetes Alert Day (March 24)
  • Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26)
  • World Tuberculosis Day (March 27)

April

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Donate Life Month
  • National Facial Protection Month
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Occupational Therapy Month
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
  • STD Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action (April 3)
  • Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
  • Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Public Health Week (April 2-8)
  • National Alcohol Screening Day (April 5)
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Day (April 5)
  • World Health Day (April 7)
  • National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (April 10)
  • Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 9-15)
  • National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28)
  • National Infertility Awareness Week (April 22-28)
  • Every Kid Healthy Week (April 23-27)
  • World Immunization Week (April 23-29)
  • World Meningitis Day (April 24)

May

  • American Stroke Awareness Month
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • National Mediterranean Diet Month
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month
  • Food Allergy Action Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2-8)
  • Hand Hygiene Day (May 5)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12)
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 6-12)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 7-13)
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (May 12)
  • National Neuropathy Awareness Week (May 12-16)
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 13-19)
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19)
  • National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19)
  • National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 13-19)
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18)
  • National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20)
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 26)
  • National Senior Health Fitness Day (May 31)

June

  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Hernia Awareness Month
  • Men’s Health Month
  • Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
  • National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
  • National Safety Month
  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month
  • Scoliosis Awareness Month
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 3)
  • Men’s Health Week (June 11-17)
  • World Sickle Cell Day (June 19)
  • Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 24-30)
  • PTSD Awareness Day (June 27)

July

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
  • World Hepatitis Day (July 28)

August

  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Gastroparesis Awareness Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7)
  • National Health Center Week (Aug. 13-19)

September

  • National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Food Safety Education Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • National ITP Awareness Month
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Cholesterol Education Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
  • National Recovery Month
  • National Sickle Cell Month
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • National Yoga Awareness Month
  • Newborn Screening Awareness Month
  • World Alzheimer’s Month
  • Sepsis Awareness Month
  • Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (third Saturday)
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 9-15)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10)
  • World Sepsis Day (Sept. 13)
  • National Preparedness Month
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month
  • Sexual Health Awareness Month
  • Sports Eye Safety Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept. 13)
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (Sept. 18)
  • Falls Prevention Day (Sept. 22)
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day (Sept. 26)
  • Malnutrition Awareness Week (Sept. 26-30)
  • National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 28)
  • World Rabies Day (Sept. 28)
  • Family Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 29)
  • World Heart Day (Sept. 29)
  • Sport Purple for Platelets Day (Sept. 30)

October

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Medical Librarians Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National ADHD Awareness Month
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day (Oct. 3)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7-13)
  • World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
  • National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 11)
  • Bone and Joint Health National Action Week (Oct. 12-20)
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Oct. 13)
  • International Infection Prevention Week (Oct. 14-20)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (Oct. 15)
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Oct. 15)
  • National Health Education Week (Oct. 15-19)
  • World Food Day (Oct. 16)
  • National Health Education Week (Oct. 16-20)
  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (Oct. 19)
  • Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 21-27)
  • National Healthcare Quality Week (Oct. 21-27)
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day (Oct. 22)
  • World Psoriasis Day (Oct. 29)

November

  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Bladder Health Month
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18)
  • Great American Smokeout (Nov. 16)
  • World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17)
  • International Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 17)
  • GERD Awareness Week (Nov. 19-25)
  • National Family Health History Day (Nov. 22)

December

  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)
  • National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 2-8)

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