October has many awareness celebrations including ADHD Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, Depression Awareness, LGBTQ+ History month, and National Book Month. We can celebrate National Homemade Cookie Day and International Music day on October 1, National Fried Scallops Day and International Day of Non-Violence on October 2nd, World Architecture Day on October 3, National Taco Day and World Animal Day on October 4th, National Do Something Nice Day and Hoshana Rabbah October 5th.
Southwest Human Development is hosting the Birth To Five Helpline Awareness week October 9 to 15.
You get the idea, there are lots of reasons to celebrate this month, including cooler weather in Arizona.
Our nation observes Columbus Day on October 9th, 2023 which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. And for many candy lovers and kids at heart, Halloween is celebrated all month long. Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31, the eve of the All Saints Day. The tradition originates in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would like bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In Arizona is a great time to see yards full of decorations welcoming or scaring trick or treaters. However you observe the holidays. Stay safe.
For a full list visit October Holidays and Observances in 2023
AHCCCS, in collaboration with Maricopa Community Colleges and the Managed Care Organization’s (MCOs) Workforce Development Administrators, has launched two AHCCCS Health Care Career Education Scholarship opportunities.
AHCCCS is working with other colleges around the state to make these scholarships available throughout Arizona. Updates will be posted on the AHCCCS webpage.
The purpose of the scholarships is to provide a resource for furthering education, improve the competency of direct care providers, and enhance members' experiences. This transformative award program covers student tuition, books, course fees, health and safety requirements, and other needed resources for students pursuing a career in:
- Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Career Education and Training
- Behavioral Health
- Advanced Caregiver
- Direct Care Worker
- Disabilities Specialist
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
This is an excellent professional development opportunity. The Division encourages all Qualified Vendors to share this resource with their workforce and support direct service providers to apply for a scholarship.
For further information and to apply for a scholarship in participating community colleges, please visit the AHCCCS webpage.
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