Monthly Observances 

January

National Birth Defects Prevention Month            

 
February

American Heart Month

National Children’s Dental Month
National Wear Red Day (5)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (7)
 
March

National Colorectal Cancer Month

National Nutrition Month
National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (20)
American Diabetes Alert Day (23)
 
April

National Public Health Week (2-6)

National Minority Health Awareness Month (The Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHHD) invites all Arkansans to participate in events and activities scheduled for the entire month of April.   Minority Health Month was established to strengthen national and local efforts to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations through the use of evidence-based, data-driven initiatives.  Major health disparities in the United States are Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Infant Mortality, HIV/AIDS Injury and  Violence).
National Cancer Control Month
 
May
American Stroke Month 
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (19)     
World No Tobacco Day (31)
 
June
Men’s Health Month
National HIV Testing Day (27)
 
July
National Dance Day (30)
 
August
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Minority Donor Awareness Day (1)
 
September
National Infant Mortality Awareness Month    
Take a Loved One for a Check-up Day (The third Tuesday of each September, the focus of the day is to encourage individuals to take charge of their health by visiting a health professional - doctor, nurse, dentist, nurse practitioner or other health provider - making an appointment for a visit, attending a health event in the community or helping a friend, neighbor or family member do the same).    
National Sickle Cell Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month
National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (Sept 15-October 15)
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). We celebrate the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
World Alzheimer’s Day (21)
 
October
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month (SIDS is a major cause of death for infants from birth to twelve months old. While all infant populations are affected by this syndrome, African American and American Indians have the highest death rates. Your help is needed to promote messages that “Babies Sleep Safest on their Backs,” and “SIDS can be reduced by promoting back sleeping and safe sleeping habits for infants.” These messages will help educate pregnant mothers, parents, secondary caregivers (child care providers, grandparents, foster parents, babysitters and individuals on the ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and what are safe sleeping habits for infants. For more information on SIDS and the Back to Sleep Campaign visit www.nichd.nih.gov).
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National AIDS Awareness Day (15)
 
November
American Diabetes Month 
Prematurity Awareness Month   
 
December
World AIDS Day (1)