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Health Observances and Recognition Days for October

Health Observances Calendar (Sept. 25, 2020) – Month-Long Observances

  • ADHD Awareness Month (National)
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month (National)
  • Bullying Prevention Month (National)
  • Contact Lens Safety Month
  • Dental Hygiene Month (National)
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month (National)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month (National)
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • Liver Cancer Awareness Month (National) 
  • Medical Librarians Month (National)
  • Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
  • Pharmacists Month (American)
  • Physical Therapy Month (National)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  • "Talk About Your Medicines" Month

Week-Long Observances

  • Oct. 4-10
    • Fire Prevention Week
    • Healthcare Supply Chain Week (National)
    • Mental Illness Awareness Week
    • Primary Care Week (National)
  • Oct. 5-9
    • Malnutrition Awareness Week
  • Oct. 5-11
    • Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week
  • Oct. 6-12
    • Physicians Assistants Week (National)
  • Oct. 11-17
    • Healthcare Security and Safety Week
    • Infection Prevention Week (International)
  • Oct. 12-18
    • Nephrology Technicians/Technologists Recognition Week (National)
  • Oct. 12-20
    • Bone and Joint Health National Action Week
  • Oct. 18-24
    • Healthcare Quality Week (National)
    • Infection Prevention Week (International)
  • Oct. 19-23
    • Medical Assistants Recognition Week
    • Nuclear Science Week
  • Oct. 20-24
    • Health Education Week (National)
  • Oct. 23-31
    • Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 25-31
    • Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week (National)
    • Respiratory Care Week

Recognition Days | Events

  • Oct. 6 – World Cerebral Palsy Day
  • Oct. 8 – Depression Screening Day (National)
  • Oct. 10 – Mental Health Day (World)
  • Oct. 12 – Arthritis Day (World)
  • Oct. 13 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  • Oct. 15 – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day and Latino AIDS Awareness Day (National)
  • Oct. 16 – Food Day (World), Healthcare Security and Safety Officer Appreciation Day and Mammography Day (National)
  • Oct. 19 – Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (World)
  • Oct. 21 – Check Your Meds Day (National) 
  • Oct. 22 – Stuttering Awareness Day (International)
  • Oct. 29 – Psoriasis Day (World)

The 2020 Health Observances Calendar is intended to provide members with accurate and authoritative information about health care related events. The calendar is published and copyrighted in cooperation with the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development of the American Hospital Association. All rights are reserved. Special thanks to the Kansas Health Service Corporation for their sponsorship of the Health Observances Calendar. In an effort to go green and reduce paper waste, the calendar is only available on the KHA website; login is required. If you have questions, please contact Jan Fenwick at (785) 233-7436.

--Jan Fenwick