Health Observances


Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month

All Month

Aims to raise awareness about age-related macular degeneration and low vision as major public health issues.

American Heart Month

All Month

Dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. It's a time to focus on heart health and encourage healthy habits to support cardiovascular health.

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

All Month

Highlights the importance of preventing infections that can be harmful during pregnancy, both for maternal and infant health.

National Cancer Prevention Month

All Month

Focuses on raising awareness about cancer and encouraging people to adopt cancer prevention strategies.

National Children's Dental Health Month

All Month

Promotes the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. This observance emphasizes the importance of oral hygiene for children.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

All Month

A national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Give Kids A Smile® Day

February 2 (First Friday in February)

Dentists and other dental professionals provide free oral health care services to children from underserved communities across the country.

National Wear Red Day (Go Red for Women)

February 2 (First Friday in February)

Encourages wearing red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. It's part of the Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association to highlight women's heart health.

World Cancer Day

February 4

A global observance to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It aims to reduce illness and death caused by cancer.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7

Aims to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment among Black communities in the U.S.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 7-14

Aims to raise awareness and educate the public about congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect.

Toothache Day

February 9

Description: Serves as a reminder to maintain good oral hygiene and to address dental issues to prevent toothaches.

Heart Failure Awareness Week

February 11-17 (Week of Valentine’s Day)

Seeks to educate the public about the severity of heart failure and the importance of heart health.

Sepsis Survivor Week

February 11-17 (Second week of February)

Highlights the experiences of sepsis survivors and raises awareness of the need for sepsis prevention, recognition, and treatment.

International Epilepsy Day

February 12 (Second Monday in February)

A day to promote awareness of epilepsy around the world. It's an opportunity to advocate for better information, treatment, and increased research into epilepsy.

National Donor Day (United States)

February 14

Focuses on all types of donation—organ, tissue, blood, platelets, and marrow—by participating in blood/marrow drives or by signing up to be an organ donor. It also recognizes those who have given the gift of donation.

National Condom Week

February 14-21

Aims to promote the use of condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

February 22

A day to increase recognition of the specific risks and symptoms of heart valve disease, improve detection and treatment, and ultimately save lives.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 26 - March 4 (The last week of February)

Raises awareness about eating disorders, advocating for prevention, and improving access to treatment.

Rare Disease Day

February 29 (Observed on the last day of February)

A day to raise awareness for rare diseases and the impact they have on patients' lives. It aims to improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families.