IC Awareness History

//IC Awareness History

Patients Unite

The ICN is proud to administer the annual IC Awareness Month campaign. Held in September annually, patients unite from around the world to raise awareness about bladder and pelvic pain conditions in their community. The campaign provides a full complement of materials available, at no cost, to patients who want to participate.


IC Awareness activities began in the early 1990’s when the ICA of California selected a day in November for IC outreach. This transitioned, a few years later, to a day in October. In the early 2000’s, Ortho Urology (makers of Elmiron) expanded the effort to an IC Awareness Week that featured a variety of podcasts, blogs and educational materials.

In 2008, after Ortho-Urology pulled out of sponsoring IC Awareness activities, the IC Network stepped forward to take over the campaign, running it for two years as an awareness week and then as an awareness month campaign. Due to the overwhelming market saturation of breast cancer awareness activities in October, IC Awareness Month was relocated to September after a patient vote.

IC Awareness Month is modeled after National Women’s Health Awareness Week, an innovative and durable health education administrated by the US government. Rather than focus on national activities, NWHA and ICAM focus on the encouragement of local and regional activities. Our goal is to empower patients so that they can take action in their own communities through a variety of resources such as press releases, posters, proclamations and social networking. Current campaign materials can be found on the IC Awareness Month website.

2013 Theme – “Millions Suffer, Few Understand”
2012 Theme – “We Stand Together”
2011 Theme – “Breaking The silence of Interstitial Cystitis”
2010 Theme – “Patients Unite To Make A Difference”

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:47-07:00 September 7th, 2013|History|Comments Off on IC Awareness History

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!