December Observances

Image of red berries on a branch with the text December Observances



Decorative banner with the text World AIDS Day December 1


We observe World AIDS Day to bring attention to the HIV pandemic by remembering those who have died, supporting those living with HIV, increasing public knowledge, and fighting stigma.



  • AIDS Education and Training Center - This National Coordinating Research Center provides locally-based, tailored education, clinical consultation and technical assistance to healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations to integrate high quality, comprehensive care for those with or affected by HIV

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention HIV Page - Offers a compilation of resources for those living with HIV as well as clinicians treating patients with HIV

  • - Includes a compilation of resources for HIV testing, prevention and treatment

  • University of Washington Behavioral Research Center for HIV - Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, this center facilitates the dissemination of the latest advances in HIV research, not just within academic circles, but to HIV service providers, affected communities, and policymakers as well


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  • Stigma Reduction Among People with HIV to Improve Health Outcomes - Hosted by the Northwest MHTTC, this recorded webinar presents socio-behavioral and mental health-related barriers to engagement in care for people with HIV. The presenter also discusses research to develop stigma reduction interventions to help people with HIV achieve HIV viral suppression and improve their overall quality of life. 

Decorative banner with the text International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3


International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrates the value all people bring to the world, regardless of ability. This day promotes equal rights for people with disabilities and mobilizes support for their dignity and well-being.



  • International Day of People with Disabilities Website - Offers background information on the annual observance as well as advocacy, support and transportation resources for people living with disabilities

  • National Council on Disability - Provides a compilation of resources for people with disabilities related to civil rights, education, employment, financial assistance, healthcare, housing, independent living, and more

  • Disability Services - Includes a compilation of resources for people with disabilities on benefits and insurance, caregiver support, financial assistance, local disability programs, legal rights, and more


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Decorative banner with the text December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month


Impaired driving includes distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs, and drunk driving. Impaired Driving Prevention Month seeks to raise awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired in order to reduce harm and save lives.



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  • Alcohol is STILL a Drug - Hosted by the Great Lakes MHTTC, this recorded webinar reviews the comprehensive impact alcohol use has on people who have a co-occurring psychiatric condition. 

  • SBIRT: Now more than ever - Hosted by the Great Lakes MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses expanding the primary care team with low-cost team members who can systematically deliver Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to screen for substance use, and a collaborative care model for depression and anxiety.  

Decorative banner with the text Support During the Holidays


The holiday season can be difficult for many individuals and families, especially as we all navigate the challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects in 2023.




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