Design your health care notice board around national health observances by showcasing outreach information on cancer, heart disease, alcohol abuse and a wide range of public health issues. An abundance of high quality posters, handouts, brochures and topic sheets are free and available from hundreds of health care organisations. A health care notice board featuring these free or low-cost materials will provide educational information to the public that might not be seen otherwise.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
January has been designated as Cervical Health Awareness Month by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The Coalition offers high quality posters and handouts for a nominal fee that can be used on notice boards to provide information on cervical cancer, cancer care issues and cervical disease.
Cervical Health Awareness Month National Cervical Cancer Coalition 6520 Platt Avenue #693 West Hills, CA 91307-3218 818-909-3849 nccc-online.org
American Heart Month
February has been designated as American Heart Month and the National Women's Healthy Heart Campaign (Washington, DC) by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Both the American Heart Association and the Sister to Sister Foundation offer numerous patient and consumer education posters and brochures presenting information on how to promote healthy living and prevent heart disease. Several topics covered on the high-quality glossy posters include nutrition and weight management, smoking cessation, high blood pressure, controlling risk factors, cardiovascular conditions, treatments and stroke. Notice boards offering this kind of information can create a bridge to lifelong learning and improved health.
American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231 800-242-8721 Americanheart.org
National Women's Health Heart Campaign Sister to Sister Foundation 4701 Willard Avenue, Suite 223 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 301-718-8033 sistertosister.org
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March has been designated as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Prevent Cancer Foundation offers posters, brochures, guides, bracelets and fact sheets, all of which can be used to design a notice board that is not only informational but allows the public to take materials with them. This notice board educates the public on cancer prevention and how to discuss concerns with your physician. A National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month notice board gives the public an excellent source of information they might not otherwise seek out.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Prevent Cancer Foundation 1600 Duke Street, Suite 500 Alexandria, VA 22314 800-227-2732 preventcancer.org
Alcohol Awareness Month
April has been designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, and there is no better time than now to use this month as a stepping stone to educate children on the dangers of drinking. The "Reach Out Now" program, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers numerous high quality posters, handouts and discussion sheets to encourage families to have an open dialogue with their children about underage drinking. The material packets are aimed at fifth- and sixth-graders and feature information for educators, an interactive wall poster, skill-building worksheets and take-home items for parents and children. A notice board utilising these low-cost and sometimes free packets will definitely make an impact.
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information P.O. Box 2345 Rockville, MD 20015 800-729-6686 ncadi.samhsa.gov