19.04.22 | Noreen Hiltsley

National Healthcare Month and World Immunization Week—What Is Their Significance?

In the United States, April is considered the National Interprofessional Healthcare Month. Globally, the last week of April is World Immunization Week. If you’re wondering why they’re important, read on to learn more.

National Healthcare Month and World Immunization Week

Interdisciplinary healthcare is what keeps the public healthy at large. Multiple disciplines of medicine often have to come together and work in unison to diagnose, treat, cure, and even prevent illnesses. Based on this principle, NAP declared April as Interprofessional Healthcare Month at the 2016 Forum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Immunization has helped humankind reduce and even eradicate some preventable diseases. With the COVID-19 pandemic reminding the world of the importance of vaccination, there is no time better than now to inform and increase awareness of immunization. It is incredibly important for the public to be aware of the recommended vaccination schedules for children and adults and adhere to them in a timely fashion.

Let us also discuss a few other health observances happening in April and their significance.

Stress Awareness Month

The American Psychological Association estimates that 34% of Gen Z adults, 21% of millennials, 19% of boomers, and 8% of older adults felt extremely restless from the stress they were experiencing. These numbers have also gone up steadily over the years. From this, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the average American is stressed. Stress causes various mental health issues that, if left untreated, may also manifest as physical issues. If you are a mental health provider that is looking to help your patients better, Preferred Therapy Solutions is here to help with its unique plans that are tailor-made with the end-user in mind.

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April is deemed Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month as it is the birth month of James Parkinson, the first physician to describe the disease. Every year, it serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and its symptoms, and provide support to those who have been affected by it. Parkinson’s disease is a long-term ailment in which the central nervous system degenerates, and the motor system suffers as a result. The symptoms include tremors, loss of balance, stiffness, etc. If you are a caregiving facility or a provider with patients suffering from PD, you could greatly benefit from the expertise offered by our team.

Autism Awareness Month

Anybody who works with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) knows how serious of a developmental disorder it is. It can put its patients on a spectrum of behavioral and communicative problems, ranging from mild to severe. Although campaigns like #CelebrateDifferences by the Autism Society of America are working towards the goal, autism acceptance is still far from being achieved at this point.

To learn more about Preferred Therapy Solutions and how our clinical model can assist your facility contact Jim MacManus, Director of Business Development at jmacmanus@preftherapy.com. #itsallaboutthepatient.

About Preferred Therapy Solutions

Preferred Therapy Solutions is a full-service rehabilitation management organization dedicated to providing state-of-the-art clinical, management, billing, and information technology solutions to the post-acute and long-term care industry. Preferred Therapy Solutions is able to assist in developing a strategic road map designed to increase SNFs market share by identifying potential referral targets and providing useful information on competitors’ performance. Preferred Therapy Solutions’ abilities significantly enhance the quality, productivity, scope, and efficiency of any facility’s rehabilitation department while maintaining a focus on achieving high levels of patient satisfaction and providing excellent customer service.