What health awareness month is it? Here’s a calendar

Every month, your attention is probably drawn to another cause — or multiple causes — in the form of a health awareness month.

It probably even seems like a never-ending calendar of problems vying for your time and money, awareness and understanding. And that’s pretty much the point.


Why do we have all of these annual awareness months?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), by supporting “National Health Observances,” health professionals, teachers and community groups can “Educate the public about health risks; Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns; Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.”

But for every high-profile awareness month — think  autism and breast cancer — there are another ten lesser-known health months trying to gain some recognition. These run the gamut, from National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to National Bullying Prevention Month to National Family Caregivers Month.

Here’s a list of the national observances currently listed by the HHS. We have included only the months — not the week or day observances — because the dates of those often change from year to year.

List of national health months: Awareness, prevention, action & more

January awareness months

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Radon Action Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month

February awareness months

  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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March awareness months

  • National Cheerleader Safety Month
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Trisomy Awareness Month
  • Workplace Eye Wellness Month

April awareness months

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • National Donate Life Month
  • National Facial Protection Month
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Occupational Therapy Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
  • Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
  • STI Awareness Month
  • Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

May awareness months

  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Food Allergy Action Month
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
  • Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • International Mediterranean Diet Month
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Stroke Awareness Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month

June awareness months

  • Fireworks Safety Month
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Men’s Health Month
  • Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
  • National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
  • National Safety Month
  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month

July awareness months

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
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August awareness months

  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month

September awareness months

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Food Safety Education Month
  • National ITP Awareness Month
  • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • National Recovery Month
  • National Sickle Cell Month
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • National Yoga Awareness Month
  • Newborn Screening Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Sepsis Awareness Month
  • Sports Eye Safety Month
  • Whole Grains Month
  • World Alzheimer’s Month

October awareness months

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • National Medical Librarians Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

November awareness months

  • American Diabetes Month
  • COPD Awareness Month
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Month
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

December awareness months

  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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