2023 health observances: A complete list for your outreach efforts

January 27, 2023 | WebMD Provider Services
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Health observances offer a dedicated time to raise awareness about important health topics. Some health observances are sponsored by the federal government, while others are sponsored by specific health associations or other organizations. 

Most notably, health observances offer a great way to engage patients or members when a certain health condition may be more top of mind – whether through a marketing campaign to acquire new patients or through clinical patient education to improve outcomes. 

Wherever your patients or members are in their care journey, WebMD Provider Services and Krames can help you build deeper, enduring relationships with them. Specifically, our Krames patient education and KramesStore.com print education promote positive patient experiences and outcomes as they engage with trusted education and your organization. Additionally, our marketing solutions can help you jumpstart your content marketing campaigns.

To help you plan your 2023 outreach initiatives, here’s a list of known health observances with links for more information. 


January 2023

Thyroid Awareness Month

National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month 

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

National Blood Donor Month

Days to Note:

World Braille Day Jan. 4

National Pharmacists Day Jan. 12

National IV Nurse Day Jan. 25

World Leprosy Day 2023 Jan. 29


February 2023

American Heart Month

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Wise Health Care Consumer Month

Weeks to Note:

National Patient Recognition Week: Feb. 1-7

Perianesthesia Nurse Week: Feb. 6-12

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week; Feb. 7-14

Phlebotomist Recognition Week: Feb. 13-17

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week; Feb.  20-26

Days to Note:

National Wear Red Day 2023 Feb. 3

Give Kids A Smile ® Day Feb. 3

World Cancer Day 2023 Feb. 4

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7

Toothache Day 2023 Feb. 9

International Epilepsy Day Feb. 13

National Donor Day Feb 14

National Caregivers Day Feb. 19

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Feb. 22

Rare Disease Day 2023 Feb. 28


March 2023

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month 

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

National Endometriosis Awareness Month

National Kidney Month

National Nutrition Month

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Save Your Vision Month

Trisomy Awareness Month

Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Weeks to Note: 

National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 12-18

Patient Safety Awareness Week March 12-18

National Sleep Awareness Week March 12-18

Brain Awareness Week March 13-19

National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week March 20-26

Days to Note: 

World Birth Defects Day March 3

Multiple Personality Day 2023 March 5

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10

World Kidney Day 2023 March 9

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Day March 9

National Dentist Day March 6

Certified Nurses Day March 19

World Sleep Day March 17

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20 

World Oral Health Day March 20

World Down Syndrome Day March 21

World Tuberculosis Day March 24

American Diabetes Alert Day March 28

Epilepsy Awareness - Purple Day March 26

National Doctors’ Day March 30

Anesthesia Tech Day  Mar. 31


April 2023

Alcohol Awareness Month

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Cancer Control Month

National Donate Life Month

National Facial Protection Month

National Interprofessional Healthcare Month

National Minority Health Month

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Occupational Therapy Month

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

STI Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Cesarean Awareness Month

Defeat Diabetes Month

Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month

sarcoidosis awareness month

Weeks to Note: 

National Public Health Week April 3-9

Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week April 11-17

National Infertility Awareness Week April 23-29

Every Kid Healthy Week April 24-28

National Pediatric Transplant Week 2023 TBD 

World Immunization Week April 24-30

Patient Experience Week April 23-29

National Infant Immunization Week April 24-30

Health Information Professionals Week Apr. 18-24

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week Apr. 30–May 6

Days to Note: 

World Autism Awareness Day April 2

World Health Day 2023 April 7

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day April 10

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 29

Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16 

World Hemophilia Day 2023 April 17

DNA Day 2023 April 25

World Malaria Day 2023 April 25

World Day for Safety and Health at Work April 28


May 2023

Arthritis Awareness Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National Osteoporosis Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 

National Stroke Awareness Month

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 

Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

Melanoma Skin Cancer Month

National Cancer Research Month

National Critical Care Awareness Month

Older Americans Month 

Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Oncology Nursing Month

Skin Cancer Prevention Month

Weeks to Note: 

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week May 7-13

Healthcare Technology Management Week May 14–20

National Hospital Week May 7-13

Air Quality Awareness Week May 1–7

National Nurses Week May 6-12

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 7-13

Food Allergy Awareness Week May 8-14

National Women's Health Week May 14-20

National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 14–20

Neuroscience Nurses Week May 14–20

National EMS Week May 21–27

Days to Note: 

​​Melanoma Monday May 1

World Asthma Day May 2

World Hand Hygiene Day May 5

International No Diet Day May 6

National School Nurse Day May 6

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day May 11

National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness May 13

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day May 8

National Student Nurses Day May 8

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day May 12

International Nurses Day May 12

World AIDS Vaccine Day 2023 May 18

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day May 18

Critical Care Wear Blue Day May 19

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day May 19

World Autoimmune/Auto-inflammatory Arthritis Day May 20

Don't Fry Day May 26

National Senior Health & Fitness Day May 31

World No Tobacco Day May 31


June 2023

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Cataract Awareness Month

Men's Health Month

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

National Aphasia Awareness Month

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

National Scleroderma Awareness Month

PTSD Awareness Month

Scoliosis Awareness Month

Weeks to Note: 

Men's Health Week June 12-18

Helen Keller Def-Blind Awareness Week June 25-July 1

National Nursing Assistant Week June 15–21

Healthcare Risk Management Week June 19-23

Days to Note: 

National Cancer Survivors Day June 4

World Brain Tumor Day June 8

World Blood Donor Day June 14

Autistic Pride Day June 18

World Sickle Cell Day June 19

World Vitiligo Day June 25

National HIV Testing Day June 27


July 2023

Cord Blood Awareness Month

Group B Strep Awareness Month

Healthy Vision Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Sarcoma Awareness Month

UV Safety Month

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Weeks to Note:

National Therapeutic Recreation Week July 9–15

Days to Note:

World Hepatitis Day July 28


August 2023

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month

Gastroparesis Awareness Month

National Breastfeeding Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

Psoriasis Action Month

Summer Sun Safety Month 

National ACS Month

National eye exam month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Weeks to Note:

World Breastfeeding Week Aug 1-7

National Health Center Week Aug. 6-12

Contact Lens Health Week  Aug. 21-25

Days to Note: 

World Lung Cancer Day Aug. 1

National Minority Donor Awareness Day Aug. 1

International Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31


September 2023

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Healthy Aging ® Month

NICU Awareness Month

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

National ITP (Platelet Disorder) Awareness Month 

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month  

National Recovery Month

National Sickle Cell Month

National Yoga Awareness Month

Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Sepsis Awareness Month

Sexual Health Awareness Month

Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

World Alzheimer's Month

Weeks to Note: 

National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week Sept. 1-7

Vascular Nurses Week  Sept. 3-9

Folic Acid Awareness Week Sept. 10-16

National Assisted Living Week Sept. 10–16

Nursing Professional Development Week Sept. 10 -16

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week Sept. 18 - 24

National Surgical Technologists Week Sept. 17–23

Neonatal Nurses Week Sept. 11-17

ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness Week Sept. 18-22

Global ITP Awareness Week Sept. 20-24

Fungal Disease Awareness Week Sept. 20-24

Days to Note: 

World Sexual Health Day Sept. 4

World Physical Therapy Day Sept. 8

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day  Sept. 9

World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day Sept. 13

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Sept. 18

World Pharmacist Day Sept. 25

Get Ready for Flu Day Sept. 21

World Alzheimer’s Day Sept. 21

Falls Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22

Sport Purple for Platelets Day Sept. 29

World Rabies Day Sept. 28

National Women's Health & Fitness Day Sept. 27

World Heart Day Sept. 29


October 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

American Pharmacists Month

Healthy Lung Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Liver Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Health Month

Eye Injury Prevention Month 

Health Literacy Month

Home Eye Safety Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Weeks to Note: 

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 1-7

National Primary Care Week Oct. 1-7

Healthcare Supply Chain Week Oct. 1–7

National PA Week Oct. 6 - 12

Bone and Joint Health Action Week Oct. 12-20

International Infection Prevention Week Oct. 15-21

National Pharmacy Week Oct. 16–22

National Healthcare Quality Week Oct. 15-21

National Healthcare Facilities & Engineering Week  Oct. 22–28

National Health Education Week Oct. 16-20

Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 - 31

Respiratory Care Week Oct. 22-28

Days to Note: 

Child Health Day Oct. 2

World Meningitis Day Oct. 5

World Mental Health Day Oct. 10

National Depression Screening Day Oct. 5

International Day of the Girl Oct. 11

Emergency Nurses Day Oct. 11

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct. 13

Global Handwashing Day Oct. 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Oct. 15

National Pharmacy Technician Day Oct. 17

World Food Day Oct. 16

National Mammography Day Oct. 20

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day Oct. 19

National Medical Assistants Day Oct. 18

World Osteoporosis Day Oct. 20 

National Check Your Meds Day Oct. 21

International Stuttering Awareness Day Oct. 22

​​World Occupational Therapy Day Oct. 27

World Psoriasis Day Oct. 29

World Stroke Day Oct. 29


November 2023

American Diabetes Month

Bladder Health Month

COPD Awareness Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Mouth Cancer Action Month

National Adoption Awareness Month

National Epilepsy Month

National Family Caregivers Month

National Healthy Skin Month

National Home Care & Hospice Month

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Stomach Cancer Awareness Month 

Weeks to Note: 

National Diabetes Education Week Nov. 1 - 7

National Allied Health Week Nov. 5–11

National Radiologic Technology Week  Nov. 5–11

Nurse Practitioner Week Nov. 12–18

Perioperative Nurse Week Nov. 12–18

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week Nov. 20 - 26

Days to Note: 

World Radiography Day Nov. 8

National Diabetes Heart Connection Day Nov. 9

World Pneumonia Day Nov. 12

World Diabetes Day Nov. 14

Operating Room Nurse Day Nov. 14

World Prematurity Day 2023 Nov. 17

Great American Smokeout Nov. 16

National Family Health History Day Nov. 23

National Rural Health Day Nov. 16

December 2023 

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Give the Gift of Sight Month

Weeks to Note:

National Handwashing Awareness Week Dec. 4-10

National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6-12

Days to Note: 

World AIDS Day Dec. 1

International Day of People with Disability Dec. 3