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Health Observances April 2017

National Public Health Week: April 3 – 9, 2017: Healthiest Nation 2030

Suffolk County joins the American Public Health Association in celebrating National Public Health Week. We are part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Everyone has a role to play. Find out how you can help: Healthiest Nation 2030.


Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS Awareness Week:

Suffolk County recognizes the first week in April as Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS Awareness Week. Read more here:


Alcohol Awareness Month

Do you know? In the U.S., the average girl has her first drink at age 13; the average boy has his at age 11. Though it is legal for those over the age of 21 to consume alcohol in New York State, legal doesn’t mean healthy. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase a person’s risk of harmful behaviors and health conditions. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to chronic diseases and other serious problems. Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking: for women that’s generally four or more drinks consumed on one occasion; for men that’s generally five or more drinks consumed on one occasion. Upload “April is Alcohol Awareness Month” to learn more about:

  • the short-term and long-term health risks of excessive alcohol use,
  • how to recognize alcohol poisoning,
  • what to do if someone develops alcohol poisoning, and
  • high-risk trends among youth in alcohol consumption and abuse.

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National STD Awareness Month 2017: Syphilis Strikes Back

Once nearing elimination, national data find that syphilis is thriving. Rates are on the rise among men, women, newborns, a majority of age groups, all regions, and almost every race/ethnicity. During STD Awareness Month, Suffolk County’s STD Unit will continue its usual disease surveillance and partner notification to stop the spread of all STDs, including Syphilis. Join CDC and Suffolk County to increase awareness of sexually transmitted diseases and the Dangerous Return of Syphilis.


National Minority Health Month: Bridging Health Equity across Communities

Health disparities—the differences in health and well-being—have a significant impact on our nation and among racial and ethnic populations in particular. Minorities are less likely to get the preventive care needed to stay healthy, less likely to receive quality care, and more likely to face poorer health outcomes.

Join Suffolk Health’s Office of Minority Health and Suffolk Community College at our Gospel Health Fest on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Van Nostrand Theater on Suffolk County Community College’s Grant Campus in Brentwood. The event will feature Suffolk County’s finest Gospel choirs, dance ministries, and groups in a musical event, intended to uplift and inspire. It will also feature health testimonials, education, screenings, and special presentations in honor of National Minority Health Month. For additional information, contact the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health at 631-854-0378.


Autism Awareness Month

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Research shows that early intervention treatment services can greatly improve a child’s development. The different types of treatments can generally be broken down into the following categories: Behavior and Communication Approaches, Dietary Approaches, Medication, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Public awareness of the condition is a key component for the dissemination of information relating to ongoing scientific research, educational opportunities, early warning signs, and treatment options available to affected families. For more information, visit the CDC website:


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Suffolk County

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise an average of 10 percent per year over the last 20 years. Below are several tips for drivers on how to “Share the Road” with motorcycles: A motorcycle has the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway.

  • Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width.
  • Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see.
  • Remember that a motorcyclist can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to its smaller size. Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals may not be self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off.
  • Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists.

For more information, visit: the National Center for Rural Road Safety:


Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Suffolk County

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that is characterized by an overactive immune system and can affect any organ of the body. Despite many years of research, Sarcoidosis has no known specific cause. It appears most often in the lungs and the eyes, and sometimes the heart. It can show itself through a wide variety of symptoms, including swollen glands, sores, and shortness of breath, chronic fever, fatigue, and weight loss. While some sarcoidosis patients will experience symptoms for several months to years before being diagnosed, 60 percent will show no symptoms at all. Thus, sarcoidosis is an under-recognized and under-diagnosed condition. By raising awareness of sarcoidosis, we hope to highlight the need for more research funding to discover the cause and ultimately cure the disease. Learn more:

National Infant Immunization Week: April 22-29, 2017

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined together to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health.

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