2024 Celebrations: Healthcare Observances throughout the Quarter


  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Designed to raise awareness of glaucoma symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
  • Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Since 1970, January has been marked as a tribute to regular blood donors, and a time to encourage others to donate.
  • Thyroid Awareness Month. Designed to serve as a promotional resource for thyroid health education, research, prevention, treatment and cure of thyroid-related diseases and cancer.
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Observed to discover causes, importance of prenatal care, and tips for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month. An ideal chance for WHO and partners to raise awareness of cervical cancer and vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer. 
  • January 23rd is Maternal Health Awareness Day, in which the ACOG community raises awareness about the crisis in access to maternal and reproductive health care in the U.S.
  • January 25th is National Intravenous Nurse Day. Its purpose is to honor the nation’s intravenous (IV) nurse professionals who dedicate their lives to providing patients with the best infusion care.
  • January 22nd – 28th is National Activities Professional Week, which recognizes the contribution of activity professionals to the well-being of long-term care, adult day care, senior care center and retirement living clients.
  • January 28th is World Leprosy Day. For more than 60 years, on the last Sunday of January, thousands of people across the globe have stopped to remember those who have leprosy.
    World Leprosy Day helps to focus on the needs of some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world – those affected by leprosy. Many people think of leprosy as an ancient disease that was eradicated many years ago. But every year, hundreds of thousands of children, women and men discover they have leprosy.


  • American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. This month, educate yourself on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
  • Black History Month. During Black History Month and throughout the year, reflect on more than 400 years of Black history and heritage in national parks and communities across the country.
  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 2 million Americans aged 50 and older. This month, learn about vision aids and other innovative tools that can help to combat vision loss.
  • National Cancer Prevention. This month, learn how to cut your cancer risk by choosing mostly plant foods and limiting red meat, being physically active every day for at least 30 minutes, and aiming to maintain a healthy weight.
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. The purpose is to educate people on how to help prevent prenatal infections year-round.
  • February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Brought to you by the ADA. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others.
  • National Senior Independence Month. This celebration was established to help seniors remain in control of their daily lives. This month encourages seniors to take the opportunity to evaluate their current living situation and determine whether adjustments could be made to create a better lifestyle. This is the opportunity to notice strengths and weaknesses in daily routines and make minor adjustments with potentially huge improvements.
  • February 2nd is National Wear Red Day®. Heart Disease is the #1 killer for women in the United States. Show your commitment and passion for ending heart disease by always wearing red on this day.
  • February 12th-18th is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week celebrates the contribution cardiovascular professionals make to health care and the role of reducing potentially devastating effects of heart disease.
  • February 14th -21st is Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week. This week brings awareness to the importance of both staff educators and their direct care staff being professionally trained and certified in dementia care.



  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Raise awareness by educating individuals on the benefits of screenings.
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month. 1.7 million American sustain a brain injury each year. This month, educate yourself, and learn how to promote brain injury awareness in your community.
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Since 1987, the month of March has brought awareness to Developmental Disabilities. This month, learn about programs that provide career planning and job to developmentally disabled individuals so that they may both participate and contribute within the larger society in greater numbers.
  • Save Your Vision Month. To raise awareness of good eye care.
  • National Social Work Month. Recognizes social work professionals and their important contributions.
  • National Nutrition Month. A nutrition education and information campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
  • March 8th is International Women’s Day. On this day, we celebrate the achievements, resilience, and the vital roles women play in all phases of life. The dedication, creativity, and strength of women is inspiring. Here’s to acknowledging the invaluable contributions and to continuing to support and uplift each other. 
  • March 10th -16th is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. This week is designed to promote the importance of being involved one’s own health care.
  • March 10th -16th is National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. This week highlights the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung disease.
  • March 11th -15th is Long Term Care Administrators Week. Since 1994, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) has sponsored this national observance each March. This week honors and celebrates the important role the administrator has in providing leadership for the delivery of quality, resident-centered care, and a supportive work environment.
  • March 13th is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, which increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
  • March 19th is Certified Nurses Day Purpose: Certified Nurses Day™, an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service. On this day, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
  • March 26th is The American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. This day is designed to educate the public on the symptoms, dangers, and treatments of diabetes.
  • March 26th – April 1st is Careers in Aging Week, dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession.
  • March 30th is National Doctor’s Day. This day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to their communities.