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2018 Health Observance Dates

January

  • National Blood Donor Month

February

  • American Heart Month
  • Feb 1 - 7 Patient Recognition Week

March

  • National Social Worker's Month
  • Mar 11 – 17 Patient Safety Awareness Week 
  • March 14 Registered Dietitian Nutrition Day
  • Mar 30 National Doctor's Day

April

  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • April 7 World Health Day
  • April 15 - 21 National Volunteer Week
  • April 16 - National Healthcare Decisions Day (with a week of outreach)
  • April 26 Administrative Professionals Day

May

  • Older Americans Month
  • Oncology Nursing Month
  • May 6 - 12 Nurses Week
  • May 13 - 19 National Nursing Home Week

June

  • June 14 - 21 National Nursing Assistant Week; with Thursday, June 14 as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day
    Please note: Home Care Aide Week is November 14 - 20, occasionally there is confusion over these two observances.

July

August

  • Aug 23 Health Unit Coordinators Day

September

  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Month

October

  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Oct 13 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • Oct 21 - 27 National Pastoral Care Week

November

  • National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • Nov 11 - Veteran's Day
  • Nov 14 - 20, Home Care Aide Week

December

  • Dec 1 - World AIDS Day
  • Dec 2 – 8 National Hand Washing Awareness Week 

The Department of Health and Human Services has posted the 2018 calendar of observance dates that is more comprehensive.

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