May named “National Awareness of Healthcare Awareness Months Month”

In a nod to the popular trend of naming months, weeks and days after various healthcare ailments, employee groups and other important topics, the group responsible for assigning issues to various time periods has dubbed May “National Awareness of Healthcare Awareness Months Month.”

According to Casey Nomenclature, spokesperson for the Healthcare Observation Naming Consortium (HONC), this designation was long overdue.

“Of course, everyone is familiar with American Heart Month in February, or National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, which are very important observations,” said Nomenclature. “But people really aren’t aware of the more than 178 observations recognized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For example, did you know October is National Medical Librarians Month? We just thought it was important people were aware of all the monthly designations that help people become aware.”

Other important, but lesser known, designations include:

  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 2-8)
  • Sports Eye Safety Month (April)
  • Mediterranean Diet Month (May)
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day (September 15)
  • Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month (September)
  • National Rip Current Awareness Week (June 5 -11)

Nomenclature also notes that people need to remember all of the designations related to healthcare workers, such as National Medical Transcriptionist Week (May), National Nurses in Staff Development Week (July) and Nuclear Medicine Week (October).

“Thank goodness for Eldridge Macintosh, a founding member of HONC, who made the controversial decision in 1947 to allow for multiple observations for the same month, week or day, which opened the door to all these very important designations,” says Nomenclature. “From our perspective, the more designations we can make, the more the country will pay attention to these important issues.”

One Comment;

  1. Andrew Schorr said:

    I have always thought that all these months and weeks of recognition is just stupid. Certainly from the point of patients living with ongoing conditions, every day is “XXX month” for them. Certainly these health awareness months has gotten out of hand and become so watered down its meaningless. That’s my view anyway.