Mark Your Calendars!
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at HHS has recently released the 2012 calendar of National Health Observances. Many of these days, weeks, and months align closely with the efforts of Community Health Centers to promote wellness and preventative care. Many are also covered to varying degrees by local and national media, so they are great opportunities for Community Health Centers to show their value in educating the public about preventative care and wellness.
We encourage you to take a look through the calendar now and see what your health center can plan to do throughout the year. It’s important to also communicate about these events — so let your local news outlets know what you’re doing. Often, local broadcast, print and online journalists look for ways to add a local angle to a national story, so make your health center and event that local angle.
In addition to the observances on the calendar, remember to mark National Health Center Week, which is from August 5-11 in 2012.
Remember to check out NACHC’s Media Toolkit for Health Centers for sample press releases for many of these observances.