Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections people get while receiving care for another condition. HAIs are a significant cause of illness and death, affecting about 1 in 25 Americans who receive hospital care. To address the problem of HAIs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) in 2009.…
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The Healthy People 2020 team is pleased to announce the release of our health disparities data widget. The widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that — if tackled appropriately — will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.…
Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. During National Safety Month, spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries and encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.…
More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 people don’t know they have it. During National HIV Testing Day on June 27, you can help spread the word about the importance of testing.
Building a healthy eating pattern has major health benefits. It can help people reach or stay at a healthy body weight, get the nutrients they need, and lower the risk of serious health problems — like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers. But, as you probably already know, patients may not know how to get started with incorporating healthy food choices into their everyday routines.…
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. The good news is that skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. This May, help spread the word about strategies to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.…
Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health — and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, help spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
healthfinder.gov provides toolkits for several National Health Observances, including National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May.…
Up to half of all American adults have limited literacy skills, and as many as 9 in 10 have limited health literacy skills. Online health information can be tricky for users with low literacy skills to understand — and it presents a unique set of challenges for professionals who create online health content, too.…
Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. You can use Alcohol Awareness Month to spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.
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