POLICY PULSE
October 2015 
Health Observances

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month is  an annual campaign that expands breast cancer knowledge and awareness.  Breast cancer is a  malignant tumor that develops in the breast tissue. Although this disease occurs almost entirely in women, men can also develop breast cancer.  While African-American women are less likely to develop breast cancer than white women, they are more likely to die from breast cancer. In the past, African-American women were less likely than white women to get regular mammograms, which may contribute to the disparity in breast cancer mortality. 
Join the  National Breast Cancer Foundation in spreading awareness. Check out their educational resources including the Beyond The Shock program, sign up to create an early detection plan and learn about the latest in breast cancer research.
Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month

On September 30th 2015, President Obama issued the official    Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2015 Proclamation In his proclamation, the President recognizes the contributions of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act    (VAWA)   and the    Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 1984  to the public health focus on domestic violence issues. DVAM began as a "Day of Unity" which started in October 1981 and was created by the    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence In October 1987, the first DVAM was observed with the purpose of bringing advocates together who were working to end domestic violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon transitioned to a week of activities with common themes, including: mourning domestic violence victims, celebrating survivors and connecting advocates. Today, DVAM still revolves around these three themes. To learn more about domestic violence issues or to help raise awareness, visit the    National Resource Center on Domestic Violence's  (NRCDV) and the   National Network to End Domestic Violence's   websites.
October 4-10, 2015

This year  Mental Illness Awareness Week  (MIAW) will be observed October 4 -10, 2015.  Mental illness is often ignored or untreated due to stigma and lack of understanding. Less than half of adults and roughly 50% of children with mental illness receive proper treatment. Neglecting mental illness treatment has resulted in an estimated $193.2 billion in lost revenue, annually.   This year's MIAW theme revolves around building a movement through the new
Stigma Free initiative. Being s tigma free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues.  Will you pledge to be  StigmaFree ?
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