April Observances

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National Minority Health Month

The US Office of Minority Health works to reduce health disparities among communities of color, and the office champions Minority Health Month to raise awareness to that end. Overcoming health disparities requires ending racism and discrimination that lead to mistrust of the healthcare system.

  • Theme for National Minority Health Month 2024: Be the Source for Better Health. This year’s theme focuses on sharing resources to improve health outcomes through our cultures, communities, and connections
  • Understand the social determinants of health and their impact on health
  • The US National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities operates a number of programs, including the Healthy Mind Initiative to increase mental health awareness and promote suicide prevention in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders



National Stress Awareness Month

This month raises awareness about the physical, mental, and emotional tensions that strain our sense of wellbeing and safety. Whether it is an acute event that feels stressful, or chronic stress that impacts you, choose the right self-care practice for you.


Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month promotes public awareness and educates communities about the prevention and treatment of alcoholism.

  • SAMHSA sponsors an alcohol prevention campaign for youth: "Talk. They Hear You."
  • The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) created an Alcohol Awareness Toolkit with weekly themes, social media messages, and data on the risks associated with alcohol use.
  • Find information on different types of treatment for alcohol use disorder, including medications, behavioral treatments, and support groups


National Counseling Awareness Month

Northwest MHTTC celebrate the numerous counselors who assist thousands of clients every day in achieving goals, developing healthy practices, managing stress, and overcoming challenges.


Black Maternal Health Week

Held annually on April 11-17th, BMHW is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ (BMMA) to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people

The BMMA is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas and birthing people to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

  • The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally.
  • The activities and conversations hosted throughout the week intentionally center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. ​
  • The theme for 2024 is “Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!” Access the BMMA website for events, toolkits, and more.


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