Transformational Connections

Without the roles of enslaved Africans, there may not have been an independent United States of America.
There is no American history without African history. We can have honest conversations about race relations
in America if we begin from the beginning. Take a look at this video.
Then “click” on “Transformational Connections” above the video to post your feelings in response to this video.
Visit our store to purchase this video’s accompanying reading list ($3.00) and learn about the forgotten founding father of the United States of America. Learn about the African soldiers (like President Obama’s Kenyan grandfather) who fought in World War II by purchasing a copy of “Kwesi’s Dad Saved The World” too! (Please note that your access to download your product expires 30 days from date of purchase.)


National Cataract Awareness Month   Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss, especially as we age, but they are treatable. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) now recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40, the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. For more information, contact:

Communications Division | AAO | phone: 415.447.0258 | |

National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month  Featured in this month will be information about amblyopia, a condition that can affect two to three percent of children and cause permanent vision loss. Also provided will be tips about preventing eye injuries in children, signs of possible eye problems, and general eye health. For more information, contact:

Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

National Psoriasis Awareness Month  Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about psoriasis, educating the public, and dispelling myths about the diseases. Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting 7.5 million Americans. It appears on the skin, often as red, scaly patches that itch, crack, and bleed. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory joint and tendon disease. For more information, contact:

National Psoriasis Foundation | phone: 800.723.9166 | |

Relay For Life  Relay For Life, the world’s largest nonprofit fundraising event, involves teams of people gathering to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease by raising money to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission and its vision of a world with more birthdays. Teams take turns walking or running laps while aiming to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Relay For Life events are held in more than 5,100 communities throughout the US and 20 other countries from April through August. For more information, contact:

American Cancer Society | phone: 800.227.2345 | or

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month   Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is dedicated to finding a treatment and cure by funding and advancing a comprehensive research program; supporting SMA families through networking, information, and services; improving care for all SMA patients; educating health professionals and the public about SMA; enlisting government support for SMA; and embracing all touched by SMA in a caring community.

For more information, contact: Colleen McCarthy O’Toole | Families of SMA | phone: 800.886.1762 | |

August 1-7  World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations
La Leche League Groups observe World Breastfeeding Week with awareness-raising events from May to September. Funds raised support the mission of La Leche League: mother-to- mother support. For more information, contact:

La Leche League | |

August 4  National Kids DayNational Kids Day was created by the children’s crisis charity KidsPeace to give America an opportunity to celebrate childhood; to demonstrate our commitment to nurturing children; to inspiring our nation, our communities, and our families to love and appreciate children; and to prepare our children for a healthy, happy, successful future. Recognized by the US Congress, National KidsDay encourages adults to spend meaningful time with America’s children. For more information, contact:

KidsPeace | phone: 800.25.PEACE (800.257.3223), ext. 7797 | |

August 11-17  National Health Center Week
The second full week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to medically vulnerable and underserved people. For more information, contact:

Amanda Pears Kelly | National Association of Community Health Centers |phone:202.834.2592 | |

August 23  National Health Unit Coordinator Day
Each year since 1980, August 23 has been declared Health Unit Coordinator Day by many mayors and governors nationwide. The National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC), Inc. is dedicated to promoting health unit coordinating as a profession through education and certification and compliance with the NAHUC standards of practice, standards of education, and code of ethics. For more information, contact:

NAHUC |phone: 815.633.4351 | |


Thyroid Awareness Month
American Thyroid Association:

National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month contact: | or

National Blood Donor Awareness Month contact:

Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals | phone: 512.658.9414 | |

Cervical Health Awareness and Cervical Cancer Screening Month contact:

Foundation for Women’s Cancer | phone: 312.578.1439 | |

National Cervical Cancer Coalition / International HPV Cancer Coalition | phone: 800.685.5531 | | and American Cancer Society phone: 800.227.2345

National Glaucoma Awareness Monthcontact: Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

January 20-26 is National Healthy Weight WeekThis annual celebration is a time for people of all sizes to live actively, eat well, and feel good about themselves and others. On Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week, Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day is celebrated and the annual Slim Chance Awards are announced contact: Healthy Weight Network | |

Africa Is Global

Hannibal, Abram Petrovich

Hannibal, Abram Petrovich

Because of Gorbachev’s politics of Perestroika, Soviet society recognized for the first time the existence of some social and ethnic groups which had been left unnoticed. Children of African fathers and Russian mothers is one of such groups.

In fact, at that time, it was not a “group”. There was no tightly knit African-Soviet community in the former Soviet Union. Mothers of “colored” children were most often alone in their needs and concerns, and these children did not know very much about their likes. In the fall of 1990, the first Initiative Group of African-Soviets was created in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).

The roots of this situation are in the late 1950s and early 1960s when the Soviet Union offered university scholarships to Africans. After the independence of the majority of African countries, between the 1950’s and 1990’s, thousands of young Africans (mostly men) from these countries went to the Soviet Union for their studies. These students spent five to ten years in what was the Soviet Union. Many of them married Soviet women.

Many Soviet women went with their husbands to live in Africa. Often enough, these marriages were clashes of culture, languages and customs. In some cases, polygamy was an unfavorable factor in these marriages, and it was not rare for some of these Soviet wives to return home to the USSR. The result was single mothers with their children of a different skin color, coping with racial prejudices from neighbors and relatives.

Racial prejudices sometimes made it difficult for these single mothers of “colored” children to remarry. Some of these “colored” children were abandoned by their mothers and became orphans. These single parent families were among the victims of economic hardship and Russian nationalist organizations of the fascist trend who claimed that these families were responsible for “spoiling of Russian blood”.

On the other hand, Perestroika let the African-Soviets speak up. They tried to speak up at the 1990 Human Rights Conference in Leningrad, but they were not given the floor. However, soon after this event, a popular Leningrad weekly, Chas Pik, published an interview with a member of the Initiative Group of African-Soviets (a civil rights group with an agenda to create a positive social niche for African-Soviets), and this publication started African-Soviets networking.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, racism against African-Soviets (now represented in the different countries of the former Soviet Union) intensified. Due to sports teams’ recruitments, interaction between African-Americans and African-Brazilians also increased after the collapse of the Soviet-Union. This engagement lead to sharing of African diaspora experiences.

Today, African-Russians make up 1% of the 143 million Russian population. Poet Alexander Pushkin is one of the noted African-Russians. African-Russians still face racism, economic hardships, health concerns similar to those of African-Americans and other African diaspora. Hypertension, now considered a global health problem, is a major health concern in all of Russia. Effects of alcoholism is also a significant health concern in Russia. Next “Africa Is Global” focus: African-Japanese.

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It is uncertain where in Africa Hannibal was born in the 1690’s (in either what is now Cameroon or Ethiopia). At 8 years of age, he was taken by Turkish slave traders to Peter the Great. A general in the Russian military, he is noted as being one the most significant engineers in Russian history. He is the great-grandfather of poet, Alexander Pushkin.

Food Jewels

The Power of OkraSuper foods are foods that contain high levels of nutrients. Okra is a super food. Not only that, it’s a food that links many African cultures. From Okra Soup cooked with palm oil in western Africa to Gumbo in southern United States, Okra is considered a valuable source of nutrition as well as a comfort food. Okra is a superfood because it contains high levels of B Vitamins, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C.Studies published in 2010 and 2011 in the “Nutrition Journal” and the “African Journal of Biotechnology” indicate that okra has a higher concentration of antioxidant compounds than other high-antioxidant vegetables, as well as many high-antioxidant fruits. Antioxidants are able to inhibit the ability of free radicals to damage DNA and cellular tissue. The Mayo Clinic’s Donald Hensrud, M.D., says that a diet incorporating lots of antioxidants may help prevent heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Okra has been said to have many health benefits like the following:

  • The mucilage and fiber found in okra helps adjust blood sugar by regulating its absorption in the small intestine.
  • The fiber of okra has many superior qualities in maintaining the health of the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • It helps reabsorb water and traps excess cholesterol, metabolic toxins and surplus bile in its mucilage and slips it out through the stool. Due to greater percentage of water in the bulk it thereby prevents constipation, gas and bloating in the abdomen.
  • It is an ideal vegetable for weight loss and is storehouse of health benefits provided it is cooked over low flame to retain its properties. This also ensures that the invaluable mucilage contained in it is not lost to high heat.
  • Okra facilitates the growth of good bacteria referred to as probiotics. These are similar to the ones encouraged in the small intestine by eating yogurt and helps biosynthesis of Vitamin B complex.
  • For adding bounce your hair. Boil horizontally sliced okra till the brew becomes maximally slimy. Cool it and add a few drops of lemon and use this as the last rinse and see your hair spring back to youthfulness and jump.
  • Okra is an excellent laxative that treats irritable bowels, heals ulcers and sooths the gastrointestinal track.
  • Protein and oil contained in the seeds of okra serve as the source of first-rate vegetable protein. It is enriched with amino acids on the likes of tryptophan, cystine and other sulfur amino acids.

Okra is definitely a “food jewel”!


World Alzheimer’s Month and Alzheimer’s Action Day
In September 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association will observe the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, with Alzheimer’s Action Day on September 21. Join the Alzheimer’s Association in proclaiming “The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with Me” by wearing purple on September 21. For more information, contact:

Alzheimer’s Association | phone: 800.272.3900 |

National Baby Safety Month  September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). JPMA helps educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safely using juvenile products such as care seats, cribs, and other baby gear. For more information, contact:

JPMA | |

National Cholesterol Education Month   To know their cholesterol status, all adults should have their cholesterol measured, learn their cholesterol numbers and their risk for heart disease, and follow a heart-healthy lifestyle to lower their risk and keep it down. For more information, contact:

Health Information Center | National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute | phone: 301.592.8573 | |

National Craniofacial Acceptance Month  Craniofacial Acceptance Month seeks to widen the circle of acceptance for individuals with facial differences. The goal is to create awareness that “beyond the face is a heart.” For more information, contact:

Annie Reeves | Children’s Craniofacial Association | phone: 800.535.3643 | |

National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month   During Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, promotes awareness about the risks, prevention, early detection, and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial or uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer. We urge women who suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer to seek care first from a gynecologic oncologist. For more information contact:

Foundation for Women’s Cancer | phone: 312.578.1439 | |

National Healthy Aging Month   Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance focusing national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of the month is to encourage local Healthy Aging events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health—physically, socially, mentally, and financially. For more information, contact:

Information Specialist | Healthy Aging | phone: 610.793.0979 | |  The  National Caucus and Center on Black Aged is the only national organization that has as its primary mission to improve the quality of life for older African-Americans particularly those of low income. Their phone number is: 202.637.8400. NCBA /

National Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a beacon of help and guidance to those touched by blood cancer, and each September, LLS observes Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month to shed light on these diseases and let the public know that there are resources available for blood cancer patients and their families. For more information, contact:

Information Resource Center | The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | phone: 800.955.4572 | |

National Pain Awareness Month  Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management. The first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001, when the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. Partners for Understanding Pain is a consortium of organizations that includes health-condition-specific groups as well as those with broader mandates that touch the lives of people with chronic, acute, and cancer pain. For more information, contact:

Penney Cowan | American Chronic Pain Association | phone: 800.533.3231 | |

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month  As the founders and coordinators of the Prostate Cancer Awareness Week program, the Prostate Conditions Education Council organizes hundreds of free or low-cost screening events worldwide. As a result of their efforts, nearly five million men have received early detection screenings for prostate cancer and other prostate conditions. Many screening sites offer screenings not only for PSA and DRE but other men’s health issues as well. For more information, contact:

Prostate Conditions Education Council | phone: 303.999.2574 | |

National Prostate Health Month  Prostate Health Month seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of prostate health and encourage communities to provide easily accessible prostate health screenings. Educating about risk factors and symptoms of prostate-related diseases (enlarged prostate, cancer, and  prostatitis) as well as advocating for further research on prostate health issues are also encouraged. For more information, contact:

American Urological Association Foundation | phone:800.828.7866 | |

National Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month  This month promotes professional and public education and increased awareness of Reye’s syndrome, reminding parents and caregivers that kids and aspirin products don’t mix. The National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation funds research, promotes awareness, and provides education and services to patients with Reye’s syndrome and their loved ones. For more information, contact:

National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation | phone: 800.233.7393 | |

National Sports Eye Safety Month  There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. Check out tips on how to protect yourself and your children. For more information, contact:

Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month  Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association to educate the public about thyroid cancer, a cancer that has increased in incidence. The event focuses on the importance of early detection, treatment, lifelong monitoring, and the resources available for people with thyroid cancer and their families. For more information, contact: Publications Department | ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. | phone: 877.588.7904 | |

September 1   MDA Labor Day Telethon

The annual MDA Telethon is a worldwide, six-hour prime time TV / Internet entertainment spectacular broadcast from 6:00 pm to midnight in each time zone nationwide via tape delay. The telethon’s goals are to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) research programs and services, to heighten awareness and understanding of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases MDA battles, and to celebrate its success toward their defeat. For more information, contact:

Public Relations | MDA | phone: 520.529.2000 | |

September 8   National Grandparents Day
National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. It was founded for the purpose of enhancing the bond of love between grandparents and grandchildren and heightening awareness of the needs of the elderly in nursing homes. The Forget-Me-Not program encourages classrooms to “adopt” residents of nursing homes and bring them entertainment on Grandparents Day. The motto of the holiday is “Make Every Day Grandparents Day!” For more information, contact:

DJ McQuade-Lancaster | National Grandparents Council | phone: 619.585.8259 | |

September 8-14  National Assisted Living Week

National Assisted Living Week celebrates the crucial role assisted living residences play in helping our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities enjoy a meaningful quality of life. The week is an opportunity for all involved with a residence—families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community—to celebrate residents’ lives through special events and activities centered on a theme. For more information, contact:

National Center for Assisted Living | phone: 202.898.2843 | |

September 8-14  National Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week
National Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week is the time set aside annually to recognize environmental services teams as essential personnel in the execution of infection control cleaning protocols, patient safety goals, and customer satisfaction. Show support and appreciation for this department with exclusive gifts featuring the official Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) logo and theme. For more information, contact:

AHE | phone: 312.422.3860 | |

September 8-14   Suicide Prevention Week  The American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Suicide Prevention Week coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, as designated by the World Health Organization. AAS provides information and sample documents to assist community organizations with planning and implementing Suicide Prevention and Awareness Events in their area. For more information, contact:

AAS | phone: 202.237.2280 | |

September 15-21   Child Passenger Safety Week   Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes. In fact, it is the leading cause of death for children ages one to thirteen. Child Passenger Safety Week focuses on keeping America’s children safer on the road. September 22 marks National Seat Check Saturday, a day when communities nationwide offer free child safety seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians. For more information, contact:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | phone: 202.366.3587 | |

September 15-21   National Farm Safety and Health Week
Every sitting US president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has signed a proclamation recognizing the importance of keeping our nation’s production agricultural workers safe and healthy. Agriculture consistently ranks in the top three industries for work related injuries and death but employs about two percent of the nation’s workforce. The third full week in September is National Farm Safety and Health Week and focuses on protecting farm workers and their families. For more information, contact:

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety | phone: 563.557.0354 | |

September 15-21   Hearing Aid Awareness Week   Insufficient consumer awareness of state-of-the-art hearing instrument technology and a general tendency to deny the presence of a hearing problem motivated the International Hearing Society (IHS) to dedicate an entire week to public education about the hearing help available to those in need. Hearing Aid Awareness week started in 1995 and is celebrated nationally. For more information, contact:

IHS | phone: 734.522.7200 | |

September 15-21   National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration
This celebration focuses the nation’s attention on the powers and possibilities of rehabilitation and salutes the determination of the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities. It is a time to applaud the efforts of rehabilitation professionals, provide a forum for education, and call on our citizens to find new ways to fill needs that still exist. For more information, contact:

National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration | phone: 800.943.6723 |

September 21   National Seat Check Saturday   On Saturday, September 21, 2013, communities nationwide will offer free child safety seat checks. Stop by a local event to have a certified child passenger safety technician check your child’s safety seat to ensure its properly installed and provide tips on how to secure your child in the seat for optimal protection. For more information, contact:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | phone: 888.327.4236 |

September 25  National Women’s Health and Fitness Day   National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest women’s health and wellness event, always held on the last Wednesday in September. More than 800 organizations will host local women’s health events—with more than 80,000 women of all ages attending these events across the nation on the same day. Organizations interested in participating must register in order to legally use the trademarked event name and logo. For more information, contact:

Gary Ford | Health Information Resource Center | phone: 800.828.8225 | |

September 28   National Family Health and Fitness Day—USA
Family Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest family health promotion event. Now in its 17th year, the event is always held the last Saturday in September. Thousands of families will participate in local health and wellness events hosted by more than 600 organizations across the country on the same day. Organizations interested in participating must register in order to legally use the trademarked event name and logo. For more information, contact:

Gary Ford | Health Information Resource Center | phone: 800.828.8225 | |


National Safe Toys and Celebrations Month  The holiday season is a time for family, fun, and festivity, but it can also be a time of danger. Each year, many people suffer from eye injuries caused by unsafe toys and celebrations. Watch those tree branches, chill your champagne bottles, cover the cork while releasing it, and celebrate safely. If you experience an eye injury, seek medical attention immediately. For more information, contact.

Communications Division | American Academy of Ophthalmology | phone: 415.447.0258 | |

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month   What are the most dangerous toys to children’s eyesight? Tips on how to choose age appropriate and safe toys will be distributed. For more information, contact.

Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

December 1   World AIDS Day   In 1988 the World Health Organization (WHO) established World AIDS Day. December 1 focuses global attention on the continuing impact of the epidemic and encourages each of us to take action to expand our collective response to the epidemic. For more information, contact:

Office of HIV / AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy | US Department of Health and Human Services | phone:202.690.5560 | |

December 2-6    National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week   Through Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) aims to promote understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure older adults remain active in the community—shopping, working, or volunteering—with the confidence that transportation will not be the barrier to strand them at home. Each day provides a different focus, from family conversations to adaptations to facilitate safety to other community mobility options. For more information, contact: Katie Riley.

Media Relations | AOTA| phone: 301.652.6611 | |


National Bladder Health Month   The American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation supports National Bladder Health Week to increase public awareness of the importance of bladder health, educate the public about common bladder conditions and diseases, and advocate for further research on bladder diseases. For more information, contact:

AUA Foundation | phone: 800.828.7866 | |

National COPD Awareness Month   As the fourth leading cause of death in America, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis—affects more than 12 million Americans. Although there is no cure for COPD, there is much that can be done to treat and help manage the disease when detected and diagnosed early. The American Lung Association is working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information, contact:

Mike Townsend, Manager, Public Relations | American Lung Association | phone: 202.715.3450 |

National Diabetes Month   November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications. For more information, contact:

American Diabetes Association | phone: 800.342.2383 |

National Diabetic Eye Disease Month   Can people with diabetes prevent the onset of diabetic eye disease? During this observance, Prevent Blindness America will offer information to help 4.5 million Americans age 40 and older who suffer from diabetic eye disease. For more information, contact: Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

National Epilepsy Awareness Month   Epilepsy affects nearly three million Americans, and 200,000 are diagnosed with the condition each year. During November, the Epilepsy Foundation promotes epilepsy awareness to dispel common myths about seizure disorders. Epilepsy can be a debilitating condition not only from the seizures but too often because of the ignorance, fears, and prejudice of others. For more information, contact:

Epilepsy Foundation | phone: 800.332.1000 |

National Family Caregivers Month   National Family Caregivers (NFC) Month is organized each year by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and is designated as a time to thank, support, educate, and empower family caregivers. During NFC Month, everyone should speak up and support family caregivers to become effective advocates for themselves and their loved ones as one of the first steps to making their lives more manageable. Family caregivers need to become empowered, proactive, creative, and resourceful in acquiring the information and the help they need. For more information, contact:

NFC Month Coordinator | NFCA | phone: 800.896.3650 | |

National Healthy Skin Month   National Healthy Skin Month was created to encourage people to protect and care for their skin, hair, and nails. For more information, contact:

American Academy of Dermatology | phone: 866.503.SKIN (866.503.7546) |

National Home Care and Hospice Month   November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It is the time of year that we honor the nurses, therapists, social workers, and administrators who make such a difference in their patients’ lives. For more information, contact:

Public Relations Department | National Association for Home Care & Hospice | phone: 202.547.7424 | |

National Hospice / Palliative Care Month
November is National Hospice / Palliative Care Month, a time to raise awareness about care for people coping with life-limiting illness. Every year, more than 1.5 million patients receive care from hospices in the U.S. Hospice and palliative care programs that provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families who are facing a serious or life-limiting illness. For more information, contact: Communications Team | National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization | phone: 703.837.1500 | |

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month   Lung cancer takes a terrible toll on those with the disease as well as their loved ones. It is the leading cancer killer in both women and men in the US. The American Lung Association is working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information, contact:

Mike Townsend, Manager, Public Relations | American Lung Association | phone: 202.715.3450 |

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month   This month-long observance encourages Americans to be heroes in the fight against pancreatic cancer and help increase visibility of the disease in their local communities and on Capitol Hill to ensure that our elected officials make funding pancreatic cancer research a national priority. For more information, contact:

Marketing Communications | Pancreatic Cancer Action Network | phone: 877.272.6226 | |

National Prematurity Awareness Month   Prematurity Awareness Month is when the March of Dimes mobilizes volunteers and parents to draw attention to premature birth. The purpose of Prematurity Awareness Month is to raise public awareness of the seriousness of preterm birth; engage the public and build a constituency of people concerned about the issue; and provide opportunities for people who care about the issue to volunteer, raise awareness, advocate, and donate to support research and programs. For more information, contact:

Phyllis Williams-Thompson | March of Dimes | phone: 914.428.7100 | |,, or

National Sexual Health Month   National Sexual Health Month is an awareness campaign that encompasses female and male sexual dysfunction and diseases. This national event aims to increase awareness of sexual dysfunction among both men and women, raise awareness of diseases that affect sexual health, and encourage those experiencing such problems to seek treatment. For more information, contact:

American Urological Association Foundation | phone: 800.828.7866 | |

Jingle Bell Run / Walk for Arthritis   Each holiday season (November through December), thousands of runners and walkers of all ages come together at hundreds of sites nationwide to share their support for the Arthritis Foundation mission in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes and tie jingle bells to their shoes to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. For more information, contact:

Public Relations | Arthritis Foundation | phone: 404.965.7595 | |

November 3   Lung Cancer Walk   CancerCare provides free support services for anyone affected by cancer—people with cancer, their caregivers, friends, loved ones, and the bereaved. Our services, including counseling, support groups, financial help, education, and practical support, are provided by professional oncology social workers—completely free of charge. The annual Lung Cancer Walk, held the first Sunday in November, raises awareness and funds for CancerCare services. For more information, contact:

CancerCare | phone: 800.813.HOPE (800.813.4673) | |

November 3-9   National Diabetes Education Week   National Diabetes Education Week was created to encourage people with diabetes to work with a diabetes educator to learn how to self-manage their diabetes using the self-care behavior framework: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping. For more information, contact:

Communications Team | American Association of Diabetes Educators | phone: 800.338.3633 | |

November 4-10    National Heimlich Maneuver Week   Before the Heimlich Maneuver was introduced in 1974, choking was the sixth most common cause of accidental death in the US. Since its introduction, this simple procedure has saved the lives of more than 100,000 Americans and thousands more worldwide. For more information, contact:

Pat Ward | Deaconess Associations Foundation | phone: 513.559.2391 |

November 11-17   Mental Health Wellness Week    Mental health is how people think, act, and cope with life and the stressors and challenges that are part of the human experience. The state of people’s mental health can influence the ways in which they look at themselves, their lives, and others around them, strongly influencing their potential for achieving goals and obtaining and maintaining a feeling of wellbeing. Mental Health Wellness Week brings awareness of and creates venues for public education about mental health wellness. For more information, contact:

Heather Lauria | Freedom From Fear | phone: 718.351.1717, ext. 19 | |

November 21   National Great American Smokeout   The American Cancer Society created the trademarked concept for and held its first Great American Smokeout in 1976 as a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day. One million people quit smoking for a day at the 1976 event in California. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good. For more information, contact:

Claire Greenwell | American Cancer Society | phone: 404.417.5883 | |


National Cord Blood Awareness Month  The goal of Cord Blood Awareness Month is to raise awareness of the medical value of newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which have been used successfully for more than 20 years with demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat more than 80 diseases. By providing balanced information on the cord blood options of public donation, family storage, or discarding, the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation strives to empower individuals to make an informed choice regarding their families’ future health. For more information, contact:

Dr. Frances Verter | Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation | |

National Fireworks Safety Month  Activities during this period will alert parents and children to the dangers of playing with fireworks. Prevent Blindness America will offer safer ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. For more information, contact:

Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month   Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the US. Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month spotlights juvenile arthritis in an effort to educate the public about the seriousness of arthritis in kids and its impact on the lives of children, teens, and families. For more information, contact:

Public Relations | Arthritis Foundation | phone: 404.965.7595 | |

July 28  World Hepatitis Day   World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year to raise awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention and treatment. For more information, contact:

Communications Department | American Liver Foundation | phone: 212.668.1000 | |


October is Black History Month in Britain

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month   National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is committed to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, including early detection and encouraging women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular breast self-exams, scheduling annual mammograms, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence. For more information, contact: |

National Chiropractic Health Month   Each October during National Chiropractic Health Month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), along with doctors of chiropractic nationwide, will educate consumers about chiropractic and its relationship to the preservation of good health. Planned activities willhighlight doctors of chiropractic as effective healthcare providers who are important members of a patient’s healthcare team. For more information, contact:

Communications Department | ACA | phone: 703.276.8800 | |

National Dental Hygiene Month   National Dental Hygiene Month focuses on increasing public awareness of the oral health / total health connection and recognizes the unique position dental hygienists play in providing quality preventive care for their patients. For more information, contact:

Communications Division | American Dental Hygienists’ Association | phone:312.440.8900 | |

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month  Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels. For more information, contact: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence | phone: 303 839.1852 | |

National Eye Injury Prevention Month  Annually, 2.5 million Americans suffer eye injuries, and more than 52 percent of all injuries take place at home. Accidental eye injury is the leading cause of visual impairment, and 90 percent of these injuries could be prevented if individuals wore protective eyewear with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the frame or lens. For more information, contact:

Communications Division | American Academy of Ophthalmology | phone: 415.447.0258 | |

National Health Literacy Month  Be a health literacy hero. Join with advocates around the world—raising awareness about what health literacy is, why it matters, and ways we all can help. For more information, contact:

Health Literacy Consulting | phone: 508.653.1199 | |

National Home Eye Safety Month  Approximately half of all eye injuries occur in or around the home. Information will be provided on how to keep the eyes safe while at home. For more information, contact:

Prevent Blindness America | phone: 800.331.2020 | |

National SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month  During this month, take time to acknowledge the families that have been affected by SIDS, stillbirth, and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). First Candle focuses on continuing our mission to provide education, research, advocacy, and training to ensure every baby survives and thrives to his / her first birthday and beyond. For more information, contact: First Candle | 800.221.7437 | |

National Talk About Prescriptions Month  Since 1986, Talk About Prescriptions Month has provided an opportunity for consumers, patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the media to promote the value of high-quality communication to promote safe and appropriate medicine use. The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) provides educational messages and materials to stimulate this patient-centered dialogue in October and beyond. For more information, contact: NCPIE | phone: 301.340.3940 | |

National Disability Employment Awareness Month   In 1945, Congress designated the first week in October each year as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word “physically” was removed from the week’s name to acknowledge the employment needs of all Americans with disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988 and changed its name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) assumed responsibility for NDEAM in 2001. October has evolved as the kick-off month for year-round programs nationwide that highlight the value that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. For more information, contact: Department of Labor | ODEP |

October 6-12   Fire Prevention Week
Each October since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored a fire prevention campaign to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety and fire safety education. It is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For more information, contact:

Public Education | NFPA | phone: 617.770.3000 | |

October 6-12   National Healthcare Resource and Materials Management Week
National Healthcare Resource and Materials Management Week is an opportunity to recognize and honor resource and materials management departments and professionals for their exceptional contributions to the success of healthcare organizations. For more information, contact:

Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management | phone: 312.422.3840 | |

October 6-12   Healthcare Security and Safety Week    During Healthcare Security and Safety Week and Officer’s Day, the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) salutes the men and women in security departments who provide safety and security for everyone in the facility. Security represents the first and last contact most patients and their families have with the facility—one that often sets the tone for other interactions. Officer’s Day is celebrated on Wednesday of Healthcare Security and Safety Week (October 9). For more information, contact:

IAHSS |phone: 630.529.3913 | |

October 6-12   Mental Illness Awareness Week  Held each year during the first full week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week consists of grassroots observances to promote broader public awareness and understanding of serious mental illness, eliminate stigma, and build support for treatment and recovery. Local events are diverse, including, for example, NAMIWalks, candlelight vigils or film series. It is a good time for media to run stories about depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other conditions as well as the experiences of individuals and families. For more information, contact:

Bob Carolla | National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) | phone: 703. 524.7600 | |

October 6-12   National Midwifery Week   During this week, midwives, nurses, physicians, and the families they care for will celebrate the contributions that certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives make to the health and wellbeing of women and their families. Midwives will also hold community events to educate the public about midwifery and to thank their communities for their support. For more information, contact: Communications Department | American College of Nurse-Midwives | phone: 240.485.1826 | |

October 9   Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Today
Although the SAVE campaign is a year-round effort, the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance celebrates SAVE Today on the second Wednesday of October. SAVE Today serves as a day when physicians’ spouses across the country work together to reduce violence. Many state and county alliances use SAVE Today to kick off new elements of their SAVE projects, such as working with a new school or a new age group. For more information, contact: Executive Staff Associate | AMA Alliance | phone: 312.464.4477 |

October 11  Depression Screening Day   National Depression Screening Day is the nation’s oldest, voluntary, community-based screening program for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event gives people access to a validated screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. For more information, contact:

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. | phone: 781.239.0071 | |

October 12   World Arthritis Day   World Arthritis Day, established in 1996, is observed each year on October 12. Coordinated in the US by the Arthritis Foundation, the event joins together people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases from around the world to raise awareness and reduce the impact of arthritis. For more information, contact:

Public Relations | Arthritis Foundation | phone: 404.965.7595 | |

October 12-20  Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week

Bone and joint conditions are reported by US citizens more frequently than any other health condition. It is estimated that these conditions occur in nearly one in two people over the age of 18. The Bone and Joint Initiative’s National Awareness Week offers an opportunity for organizations and individuals concerned with bone and joint health to raise awareness and encourage people with prevention information and activities. For more information, contact: United States Bone and Joint Initiative | phone: 847.430.5052 | |

October 18   National Mammography Day   Celebrated on the third Friday in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Mammography Day encourages women across America to receive or sign up for a mammogram screening. For more information, contact:

AstraZeneca | |

October 20-26  International Infection Prevention Week  International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), held the third week in October, aims to raise awareness of the key role infection prevention plays in the healthcare setting in improving patient safety. IIPW shines the spotlight on educating healthcare workers, healthcare administrators, legislators, and consumers about the importance of reducing the risk of infections. For more information, contact:

APIC / Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology | phone: 202.789.1890 | |

October 20-26   National Respiratory Care Week   During National Respiratory Care Week, respiratory therapists celebrate their fast-growing profession while raising awareness of lung health. Local events include lung health education programs aimed at encouraging early detection of lung disease, particularly asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For more information, contact:

American Association for Respiratory Care | phone: 972.243.2272 | |

October 21-25   National School Bus Safety Week   National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) is an active, evolving, and successful public education program designed to promote and encourage school bus safety. Each year NSBSW is celebrated the third week in October. Thousands of school districts in more than 400 states participate in the poster contest and even more support the general principles of improved bus safety. For more information, contact:

Lynn Martin | National Association for Pupil Transportation | phone: 800.989.6278 | |

October 22    International Stuttering Awareness Day   International Stuttering Awareness Day is a special time to educate both the public and professionals about stuttering and the many effective options available for those who stutter around the world. For more information, contact:

Joan Warner | The Stuttering Foundation | phone: 800.992.9392 | |

October 23   National Lung Health Day   Lung Health Day is celebrated on Wednesday of Respiratory Care Week to promote the importance of lung health and build awareness about diseases and conditions that adversely affect healthy lungs. Respiratory care professionals plan special events that reach out to neighbors, family, friends, businesses, and community leaders to teach them what it takes to maintain strong lung health. For more information, contact:

American Association for Respiratory Care | phone: 972.243.2272 | |

October 23-31   National Red Ribbon Week   National Red Ribbon Week, celebrated by an estimated 80 million people in the US, is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 when people began wearing red ribbons symbolizing a drug free lifestyle after the tragic and brutal death of DEA agent Kiki Camarena in Mexico. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every October 23-31 in homes, schools, and  communities across the US and beyond. For more information, contact:

National Family Partnership | phone: 305.856.4886 | |

October 28   National Lock Your Meds Day    Lock Your Meds Day is a day for parents to pledge to talk to their kids about the dangers of taking medications without a prescription. Parents should secure their medicines to prevent their kids from accessing them, regularly taking stock of their medicine cabinets. For more information, contact:

National Family Partnership | phone: 800.705.8997 | |

October 29   World Psoriasis Day   Each year on October 29, we celebrate World Psoriasis Day, a global day of recognition for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Day is a global event that sets out to raise awareness and give voice to the 125 million people worldwide with psoriasis. Awareness activities occur all over the world to help increase understanding, improve access to treatments, and build unity among the psoriasis community. For more information, contact:

National Psoriasis Foundation | phone: 800.723.9166 | |

One Billion Worldwide

There are one billion physically challenged people worldwide. The physically challenged are the world’s largest minority. They have been physically challenged by birth injuries, forced amputations during wars, accidents, or as results of disease. In developed countries, there are anti-discrimination laws that protect the rights of the physically challenged who are blind, deaf, amputees, mentally or physically compromised.

In developing countries, these anti-discrimination laws either do not exist or are not enforced. As a result, the majority of the world’s largest minority cannot get jobs, have little accessibility to transportation, and live difficult lives.
However, as a source of spiritual survival as well as remaining active societal participants, amputee soccer players worldwide have been competing in nationally and internationally recognized soccer games.

AAW advocates for the inclusion of the physically challenged being incorporated into all societies of the developing world in the manner that nations like the United States have endorsed. One billion individuals, one in 7 people in the world, must be recognized as vital to maintain the health and wellness of their communities. Check AAW’s “Cultural Corner” and