Opportunities for Community outreach

In addition to Healthy Weight Week covered in this issue of Patient Education Management, there are several health observances in January that provide community outreach education opportunities.

They include:

  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. American Association of Blood Banks, 8101 Glenbrook Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone: (301) 215-6526. E-mail: aabb@aabb.org. Web site: www.aabb.org. Materials available.
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month. National Cervical Cancer Coalition, 16501 Sherman Way Ave., Suite 110, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Telephone: (818) 909-3849. Fax: (818) 780-8199. E-mail: ncccak@nccc-online.org. Web site: www.nccc-online.org. Materials available.
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. Telephone: (888) M-O-DIMES. E-mail: askus@marchofdimes.com. Web site: www.marchofdimes.com. Materials available, contact: Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center.
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness America, 500 E. Remington Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5611. Telephone: (800) 331-2020. E-mail: info@preventblindness.org. Web site: www.preventblindness.org. Materials available.

To learn more about health observance months, visit www.healthfinder.gov/library/nho/nho.asp. Also see the January 2004 edition of Patient Education Management to learn how to use health observance months as a patient education tool.