April 2021 National Awareness Month Highlights




Content warning: Resources for Abuse, Sexual Assault, and infertility.


AWARENESS MONTH


National Child Abuse Awareness Month: According to childwefare.gov, " During the month of April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) and the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. Throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect."


We are proud to support local organizations like Center for Family and Strengthening, First 5 SLO and Santa Barbara, and the ACES Aware Initiative to learn more about the positive impact their programs and services on the lives of children and families by promoting six protective factors: Nurturing and Attachment, Knowledge or parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete support for parents, social and emotional competence of children ( 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide, Childwelfare.gov)


Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Join local non-profit RISE and learn about their mission is to provide crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones.


Stress Awareness Month: Learn more about resources available for parents at CALM. A local non-profit and mission to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.


STI Awareness Month: According to CDC website, "STDs can complicate pregnancy and may have serious consequences for both a woman and her developing baby." Learn more about STD's and pregnancy here.


National Volunteer Month: Volunteers are the backbone to every non-profit. We appreciate YOU! Learn more about how you can celebrate volunteers today and every day here.


International Cesarean Awareness Month: is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Learn more here.



AWARENESS DAYS


April 7th is World Health Day: This years theme celebrates a fairer, healthier world for everyone. Learn more at the World Health Organization.


April 10th is National Sibling Day: Celebrate your sibling today! Give a shout on social media, phone call, or reflect on a cherished memory.


April 11th–17th is Black Maternal Health Week. In its 4th year the #BMHW21 campaign founded and led by @blackmamasmatter champions awareness, activism and community building around Black Maternal Health (Source: blackmammasmatter.org) You can also read our blog post Birth Equity about current Black Maternal Health Crisis, research and resources to advance Black Maternal Health.


Follow these organizations to learn more about events and resources throughout Black Maternal Health Week: National Birth Equity Collaborative, Black Mamas Matter, and The National Association to Advance Black Birth.


18 th-24th is National Infertility Awareness Week: Learn more about the National Infertility Awareness Week movement created by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.


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