Health Awareness Month Calendar

Month-long Observances

November 2018

Month-long Observances

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


Week-Long Observances

12–18 World Antibiotic Awareness Week
19–25 GERD Awareness Week

Recognition Days

16 Great American Smokeout
17 World Prematurity Day
17 International Survivors of Suicide Day
22 National Family Health History Day




National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Although Alzheimer’s affects approximately 1 in every 2 families in the U.S., and has been extensively covered in the media, there’s still quite a bit of information about Alzheimer’s that you might not be aware of. For more information, contact: Alzheimer's Association (800) 272-3900 |

American Diabetes Month 

This year's theme for American Diabetes Month is "Everyday Reality." For those who've been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they'll eat, wear, do and how they'll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood. This campaign is intended to demonstrate the everyday reality of diabetes from the point of view of people living with diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes. For more information, contact: American Diabetes Association (800) DIABETES (342-2383) |

Bladder Health Month

This month serves as a reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in your health. During November, the Urology Care Foundation will highlight a different bladder health theme and related resources. For more information, contact: Urology Care Foundation (410) 689-3700 |

Week 1 Theme: Interstitial Cystitis (IC), Neurogenic Bladder, Bladder Infection/Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
November 1-10
Week 2 Theme: Bladder Cancer
November 11 - 17
Week 3 Theme: Incontinence, OAB and SUI
November 18 - 24
Week 4 Theme: Bedwetting and Nocturia
November 25 - 30

COPD Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease is increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The good news is COPD is often preventable and treatable. For more information, contact: American Lung Association (800) LUNGUSA  |

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease in the nation. In fact, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Yet epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives. Anyone can have epilepsy, and everyone should know about the prevalence, impact and seizure first aid. That’s why November Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) is so important. It’s our chance to teach others what a seizure is, and is not. Let’s dare to imagine a community free of stigma, fear and discrimination against epilepsy. For more information, contact: Epilepsy Foundation 1.800.332.1000 |

National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor  family caregivers across the country. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
Educate family caregivers about self-identification
Increase support for family caregivers
For more information, contact: Caregiver Action Network (202) 454-3970 |

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year's theme is "It’s About How You Live." Hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. For more information, contact: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (800) 646-6460 |


Prematurity Awareness Month

Since 2003, the March of Dimes has led Prematurity Awareness Month activities in November as part of its Prematurity Campaign. The goals of the campaign are to reduce rates of premature birth in the United States and raise awareness of this very serious and costly problem. For more information, contact: March of Dimes 888-MODIMES (888-663-4637) |



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