U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2023 is here!

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is here!

November 17, 2023 

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Antibiotic Awareness Week news, events, and resources

Antibiotic Awareness Week

Celebrate and educate with Minnesota Department of Health and our stewardship partners

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is observed annually during November 18–24 to bring attention to the critical role antibiotics play in human health, environmental health, animal health, and beyond. Antibiotic resistance represents one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 of those lead to death. We ALL share responsibility for doing our part to ensure that antibiotics remain useful for future generations. That means prescribing antibiotics appropriately, educating patients on their treatment course and how to dispose of unused medications, and asking questions of our physicians and veterinarians when we or our animals are prescribed antibiotics. 

Throughout the week, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will share stories of individuals who, through their daily lives or their work, have been impacted by antibiotic use and resistance. If you have a story to share, please let us know at Health.Stewardship@state.mn.us

Remember to spread the word by sharing #USAAW23 resources and content within your organization, with external partners through email, and on social media. Follow MDH on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Improve Antibiotic Use, Improve Health Equity

MDH news release

In Minnesota, more than 100 professionals in public health, human and veterinary medicine, agriculture and environmental protection work together as the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative (MOHASC) to promote judicious antibiotic use across settings to reduce the impact of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. In 2023, the collaborative received formal recognition and financial support from the Minnesota Legislature.

“Minnesota has long been recognized as a national leader in promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics with its unique One Health approach,” said Kristen Clark, the Minnesota Department of Health’s new director of MOHASC. “This funding from the legislature will support further cross-sector and multi-agency collaboration.”

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Read more: State agencies, partners team up to combat antibiotic resistance with One Health approach

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Go Purple for antibiotic awareness

The Lowry Avenue Bridge, I-35W Bridge and Capella Tower will light up in purple on Friday, Nov. 17, to call attention to USAAW. This annual campaign highlights a commitment, nationally and in Minnesota, to use antibiotics appropriately.

"Go Purple" to show your support for improving the use of antibiotics. You can:

  • Sign up to receive a toolkit for Go Purple for USAAW to help get members of your network involved: USAAW Go Purple Interest
  • Wear purple and post pictures to social media encouraging your followers to improve antibiotic and antifungal use.
  • Bring purple to your online presence: Share Go Purple and USAAW messages to your organization’s website, wear purple when on camera during online meetings and share why you are wearing purple.

Share pictures on your social media, tagging #GoPurpleforUSAAW, #AntimicrobialResistance or #USAAW23.

Go Purple

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Spread the word

CDC: Be Antibiotics Aware Partner Toolkit
Messages for patients, the public, and health care professionals.

MDH: Antibiotics Only When Needed (O.W.N.)
Graphic elements to increase awareness of appropriate antibiotic use. Please use these resources to improve antibiotic use in your community. 

MDH: One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Resources and Print Materials
Fact sheets, flyers, posters, brochures, and other materials that you can print and use. Take a break and check out the crossword and coloring sheet.

MDH: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Basics
General information about antibiotic resistance and its effect on humans, animals, and the environment.

MDA: Drug Residue Prevention Resources
Resources from Minnesota Department of Agriculture on preventing drug residues in meat and milk products.

MPCA: Don't Flush Medicines Down the Drain 
Information from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on proper medication disposal and the impact of pharmaceutical contaminants on waterways.

BAH: Biosecurity
Guidance from Minnesota Board of Animal Health on protecting farms and livestock from infectious diseases.

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 

Nov. 20, 2023 | 8 a.m. CT webinar (collaboration with World Health Organization)

Register: All Over the Map: Global AMR Surveillance & Pediatric Considerations

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 

Nov. 20, 2023 | Core elements of antibiotic stewardship for health departments

Listen: Hot Topics in Pharmacy Practice Podcast

International Pharmaceutical Federation

Nov. 21, 2023 | 6 a.m. CT webinar

Register: New roles of pharmacists in antimicrobial resistance: Fungal disease management

WHO Taskforce of AMR survivors

Nov. 21, 2023 | 9 a.m. CT webinar

Register: The voice of AMR survivors in awareness and advocacy

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