May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. In fact, 1 in 5 U.S adults experience mental illness, and approximately 17% of youth (ages 6-17 years) live with a mental health disorder. It's important to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma that many people experience and to point them toward getting help.
April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM). This year Community Health Centers of the Central Coast is joining the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to highlight the important role each of us can play in our communities to help reduce health disparities and improve the health of all racial and ethnic minorities and American Indian/Alaska Natives. This theme for this year is Give Your Community a Boost!
Diabetes Alert Day is a national campaign to raise awareness about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is a national "wake-up call" – warning of the seriousness of diabetes and urgently stressing the importance of understanding your risk. Over time diabetes will have severe effects on your health if left untreated.
More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.