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March Healthcare Recognition Days - 2017
Month-long Observances

Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month is led by the Brain Injury Association each year in March. The theme for the 2015 to 2017 campaign is “Not Alone.” The campaign provides a platform for educating the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.

Brain Injury Association of Americahttp://www.biausa.org

Child Life Month
Child Life Month is designed to honor child life specialists as they work to ensure quality, family-centered and developmentally appropriate care for children.

Child Life Councilhttp://www.childlife.org

National Athletic Training Month
Designed to raise awareness of athletic trainers (not personal trainers) and recognize their work as healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries or illnesses. These individuals work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, schools and clinics.

National Athletic Trainers Associationhttp://www.nata.org

National Eye Donor Month
The invaluable efforts of eye banks and corneal surgeons to restore site are recognized during National Eye Donor Month. For the past 32 years, the Eye Bank Association of America National Eye Donor Month has promoted NEDM to raise awareness of the need to donate eyes and celebrate donors and recipients.

Eye Bank Association of Americahttp://www.restoresight.org

National Kidney Month
During National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation helps raise awareness and appreciation for all the vital functions the kidneys perform. The National Kidney Foundation offers free screenings for those most at risk for kidney disease on World Kidney Day and throughout the month of March.

National Kidney Foundationhttp://www.kidney.org

National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It encourages the adoption of smart eating and physical activity habits. The 2016 theme, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” encourages mindful eating that includes nutritious and flavorful foods.

Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticshttp://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org

National Professional Social Work Month
National Professional Social Work Month was established by the National Association of Social Workers to honor and celebrate the social work profession. This event recognizes social workers who strive to improve social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone.

National Association of Social Workershttp://www.socialworkers.org

Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Employers are encouraged to promote vision care services in the workplace. The more vision ailments employees have, the more medical care they utilize.

Prevent Blindness America http://www.preventblindness.org

Week-long Observances

March 5-11 National Dental Assistants Recognition Week
Jointly recognized by the American Dental Assistants Association, American Dental Association and other professional organizations, National Dental Assistants Recognition Week is a tribute to the commitment and dedication that dental assistants contribute to the dental profession and the dental health care of the public.

American Dental Assistants Associationhttp://www.ada.org & http://www.adausa.org

March 5-12 National Sleep Awareness Week
National Sleep Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The week begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, when Americans move clocks forward one hour.

National Sleep Foundationhttp://www.sleepfoundation.org

March 12-18 Health Care HR Week
Health Care HR Week recognizes Human Resources professionals in all healthcare settings for the daily issues they face relating to the workforce, compensation, benefits, employee relations, healthcare reform and wellness.

American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration – http://www.ashhra.org

March 12-18 National Patient Safety Awareness Week
National Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness-building campaign for healthcare safety. The theme for 2016 is “United in Safety,” showing that everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care.

National Patient Safety Foundationhttp://www.npsf.org

March 12-18 National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week
National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week is a chance to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung disease.

It’s also an opportunity to thank professionals for their contributions and share with them valuable educational resources to further their professional development.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitationhttp://www.aacvpr.org

March 26-April 1 Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week
Honor and celebrate health information professionals during the Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week. Health information professionals play a key role in the effective management of health and data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public.

The American Health Information Management Association - www.ahima.org

Recognition Days

March 8 Registered Dietitian Day
Registered Dietitian Day commemorates the dedication of registered dietitians as invaluable providers of food and nutrition services. It recognizes dietitians for their commitment to helping to advance the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticshttp://www.eatright.org

March 30 National Doctors’ Day
National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30. The day encourages members to promote the observance through community projects and pay tribute to physicians. It reminds the public of doctors’ dedication to the health and welfare of patients and increases awareness of the positive role of physicians in the community.

The National Doctor’s Day Organizationhttp://www.doctorsday.org

March 10 National Histotechnology Professionals Day
This annual celebration of histotechnology professionals helps to increase public awareness and to educate young people about histotechnology as a career option.

National Society for Histotechnologyhttp://www.nsh.org

March 31 National Anesthesia Technicians Day
Every March 31st, the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians honors technologists and technicians and their valuable contribution to the nation’s health.

The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians - www.asatt.org