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National Women’s Health Week – 2022

National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14, 2022) Each year, starting on Mother’s Day, National Women’s Health Week begins. This is a time to encourage women and girls to take control of their health. This year’s theme is Forward Focus: Achieving Healthier Futures Together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Department of… Read More

Better Hearing and Speech Month – 2022

Better Hearing and Speech Month (May, 2022) Key Facts: According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first World Report on Hearing, globally: Over half of all people aged 12-35 years of age listen to music at levels that are harmful to their hearing. When using a personal audio device, like earbuds, volume should not exceed… Read More

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – 2022

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (May, 2022) Key Facts: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The US teen birthrate has been steadily declining since 1991. A record decrease in teen births was recorded from 2018-2019. While the teen birthrates between 2018-2019 were unchanged for non-Hispanic Indian/Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic Asians, non-Hispanic Native… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month – 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month (May, 2022) Key Facts: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition. This means that either you or someone you know has been impacted. 1 in every 20 Americans is living with a serious mental health condition like schizophrenia, bipolar… Read More

Hepatitis Awareness Month – 2022

Hepatitis Awareness Month (May, 2022) Key Facts According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Several different viruses can cause hepatitis; however, most common strains are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis B and C are the leading causes of liver cancer in the US. About 66% of people with… Read More

World Immunizations Week

World Immunizations Week (4/24-4/30) According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally: Vaccines are available for 20 life-threatening diseases. Immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles. 23 million infants have insufficient access vaccines, which highlights the need for public awareness events such as World Immunizations Week…. Read More

Celebrate National Public Health Week with DHD#10

Celebrate National Public Health Week with DHD#10 This year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) theme is Public Health is Where You Are. This means that the places where we are physically, mentally, and societally, affect our health and our lives. DHD#10 staff work every day to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy. From… Read More

STI Awareness Week

STI Awareness Week (4/10-4/16) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): There are 20 million new STI cases in the U.S. every year The medical costs for these new cases are $16 billion In 2018, there were 1,758,668 cases of Chlamydia, 583,405 cases of Gonorrhea and 115,045 cases of all stages of syphilis reported in… Read More

National Infant Immunizations Week

National Infant Immunizations Week (4/25-5/2) Fast Facts about National Infant Immunizations Week and Infant/Child Vaccines: The first National Infant Immunizations Week was observed in 1994 with the support of the CDC Designed to increase visibility of the need for infant immunization programs Beginning in 2020, the CDC found a troubling drop in childhood vaccination due… Read More

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, March 8th, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day (IWD) has been around since 1911, bringing together over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups, collectively, everywhere. IWD… Read More