Health and Professional Observance Dates – 2021

January

      • National Blood Donor Month

February

      • American Heart Month
      • February 1 – 7 – Patient Recognition Week

March

      • National Social Worker’s Month
      • March 10 – Registered Dietitian Nutrition Day
      • Mar 14 – 21 – Patient Safety Awareness Week
      • March 19 – Certified Nurses Day
      • Mar 30 – National Doctor’s Day

April

      • Counseling Awareness Month
      • April 7 – World Health Day
      • April 16 – National Healthcare Decisions Day (with a week of outreach)
      • April 18 – 24 – National Volunteer Week
      • April 21 – Administrative Professionals Day

May

      • Older Americans Month
      • Oncology Nursing Month
      • May 6 – 12 – Nurses Week
      • May 9 – 15 – National Nursing Home Week

June

      • June 17 – 23 – National Nursing Assistant Week; with Thursday, June 17 as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day
        Please note: Home Care Aide Week is November 7 – 13, occasionally there is confusion over these two observances.

July

August

      • August 23 – 29 – Health Unit Coordinators Week

September

      • Pain Awareness Month
      • Childhood Cancer Month

October

      • National Physical Therapy Month
      • American Pharmacists Month
      • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
      • October 9 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
      • October 11 – 17 – National Case Management Week

November

      • National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
      • National Family Caregivers Month
      • November 5 – National Volunteer Managers Day
      • November 7 – 13 –  Home Care Aide Week
      • November 11 – Veteran’s Day

December

      • December 1 – World AIDS Day
      • December 5 – 11 – National Hand Washing Awareness Week

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