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October National Health Observances

World Teacher's Day - October 5

Source: https://healthfinder.gov

October

October 1 - 31

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
One Broadway, Suite B210
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 839-1852
(303) 839-8459 TTY
(303) 831-9251 Fax
mainoffice@ncadv.org
www.ncadv.org/
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 1 - 31

Eye Injury Prevention Month

American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500
(415) 561-8533 Fax
media@aao.org
www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm
Materials available
Contact: Georgia Alward

October 1 - 31

Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy Consulting
31 Highland Street
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 653-1199
helen@healthliteracy.com
www.healthliteracymonth.org
Contact: Helen Osborne

October 1 - 31

Home Eye Safety Month

Prevent Blindness
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax
info@preventblindness.org
www.preventblindness.org
Materials available
Contact: PBA Vision Health Resource Center

October 1 - 31

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(800) ACS-2345 (227-2345)
www.cancer.org
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 1 - 31

National Bullying Prevention Month

PACER Center, Inc.
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55437
(888) 248-0822
(952) 838-0199 Fax
Bullying411@pacer.org
www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/
Materials available
Contact: Bailey Lindgren

October 1 - 31

National Dental Hygiene Month

American Dental Hygienists' Association
444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-8900
communications@adha.net
www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month
Materials available
Contact: John Iwanski

October 1 - 31

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Down Syndrome Society
666 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(800) 221-4602
(212) 979-2873 Fax
info@ndss.org
www.ndss.org
Materials available
Contact: Educational Services

October 1 - 31

National Medical Librarians Month

Medical Library Association
65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246
(312) 419-9094 x17
(312) 419-8950 Fax
info@mlahq.org
www.mlanet.org
Materials available
Contact: Ray Naegele

October 1 - 31

National Physical Therapy Month

American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(800) 999-2782
(703) 684-2782 x3248
(703) 706-8578 Fax
public-relations@apta.org
www.apta.org/nptm/
Materials available
Contact: Public Relations Department

October 1 - 31

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
P.O. Box 3006
Rockville, MD 20847
800-505-CRIB (2742)
866-760-5947 Fax
nichdSafetoSleep@mail.nih.gov
safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 2 - 8

Mental Illness Awareness Week

National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
(800) 950-6264 Helpline
(703) 524-7600
(703) 524-9094 Fax
info@nami.org
www.nami.org
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 5

International Walk to School Day

National Center for Safe Routes to School
730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Suite 300
Campus Box 3430
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
866-610-SRTS (610-7787)
info@walkbiketoschool.org
walkbiketoschool.org/ready/about-the-events/walk-to-school-day
Materials available
Contact: Nancy Pullen-Seufert

October 6

National Depression Screening Day ®

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
One Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-0071
(781) 431-7447 Fax
smhinfo@mentalhealthscreening.org
mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/initiatives
Materials available
Contact: Michelle Holmberg, Programs Director

October 12 - 20

Bone and Joint Health Action Week

United States Bone and Joint Initiative, NFP
9400 West Higgins Road, Suite 500
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 430-5053
(847) 823-1822 Fax
usbji@usbji.org
www.usbji.org
Contact: Shari Maier

October 13

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
P.O. Box 1449
New York, NY 10159
(888) 500-0370
mbcn@mbcn.org
www.mbcn.org
Materials available
Contact: Shirley A. Mertz

October 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Latino Commission on AIDS
24 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-3288
(212) 202-3620 Fax
tochoa@latinoaids.org
www.nlaad.org
Materials available
Contact: Tony Ochoa

October 16 - 22

International Infection Prevention Week

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
1275 K Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005-4006
(202) 454-2646
(202) 789-1899 Fax
info@apic.org
professionals.site.apic.org/
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 16

World Food Day

Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations
2121 K Street, NW, Suite 800-B
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 653-2458
(202) 653-5760 Fax
world-food-day-usa@fao.org
www.worldfooddayusa.org
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 17 - 22

National Healthcare Quality Week

National Association for Healthcare Quality
8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631
(847) 375-4720
(800) 966-9392
(847) 375-6320 Fax
info@nahq.org
www.nahq.org/membership/content/celebratehealthcarequality.html
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 17 - 21

National Health Education Week

Society for Public Health Education
10 G Street NE, Suite 605
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9804
(202) 408-9815 Fax
info@sophe.org
www.sophe.org/nhew.cfm
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 19

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

United States Bone and Joint Initiative, NFP
9400 West Higgins Road, Suite 500
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 430-5053
(847) 823-1822 Fax
TobyKing@usbji.org
www.usbji.org
Contact: Toby King

October 22

International Stuttering Awareness Day

Stuttering Foundation of America
1805 Moriah Woods Boulevard, #3
Memphis, TN 38117
(800) 992-9392
(901) 761-0484 Fax
info@stutteringhelp.org
www.stutteringhelp.org
Materials available
Contact: Jane Fraser

October 23 - 31

Red Ribbon Week

National Family Partnership
at Informed Families Education Center
2409 Coral Way, Suite 501
Miami, FL 33145
(800) 705-8997
(305) 856-4886
(305) 856-4815 Fax
ireyes@informedfamilies.org
www.redribbon.org
Materials available
Contact: None designated

October 23 - 29

Respiratory Care Week

American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 North MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 243-2272
(972) 484-2720 Fax
info@aarc.org
www.aarc.org/celebrate-resp-care-week/
Materials available
Contact: Public Relations

October 29

World Psoriasis Day

National Psoriasis Foundation
6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97223
(800) 723-9166
(503) 245-0626 Fax
getinfo@psoriasis.org
www.psoriasis.org
Materials available
Contact: National Office

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