The Pulse
12:31 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

May Is Awareness Month

Awareness of what, you ask?

So many conditions and issues I was losing track! It seems a particularly popular month for awareness raising. So, I decided to start a running list of what's happening. Each of these issues touches Rhode Island in some way - some more than others. So I've also done a little digging to find one standout statistic on each issue.

May is...

  • Hepatitis Awareness Month (did you know: the RI Dept. of Health estimates nearly 21,000 Rhode Islanders are living with chronic hepatitis C infections?)
  • Williams Syndrome Awareness Month (did you know: Williams Syndrome affects an estimated 20 - 30,000 Americans, according to the Williams Syndrome Association? The WAS describes the syndrome as "a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone...characterized by ...cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities...side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.")
    Did you know: Black Rhode Islanders are far likelier to die from stroke than whites, Hispanics, or Native Americans? Check out this interactive stroke and heart disease map from the CDC.
  • National Stroke Awareness Month (did you know: black Rhode Islanders are far likelier to die from stroke than whites, Hispanics, or Native Americans? Check out this interactive stroke and heart disease map from the CDC.)