National Health Education Week

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is promoting the value and role of health education specialists through a variety of webinars this week for National Health Education Week. There will be webinars through Friday, with two highlighted below.

Supporting Employee Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19

Tomorrow, October 21st @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Learn more about Washington County’s experience and efforts promoting mental health for its employees and the larger community with an emphasis on the response to COVID-19.

Health Literacy: Words Matter

Thursday, October 22nd @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM

When organizations or people create and give others health information that is too difficult for them to understand, we create a health literacy problem. When we expect them to figure out health services with many unfamiliar, confusing, or even conflicting steps, we also create a health literacy problem. Even the publics with advanced education can face health literacy issues. Health literacy is important for everyone because we need to find, understand, and use health information and services.

For more information, visit


Upcoming Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These bi-annual events provide an opportunity to prevent drug misuse and overdose deaths by proper disposal of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications. Learn more about the event here and see the below posters for disposal sites for the upcoming event. 

To learn about how to dispose of your unwanted, expired, or unused prescription medications year-round, click here

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.

Learn more about NAMI and the local San Diego affiliation at For more information on how to support Mental Illness Awareness Week, visit


Highlights of the Week

San Diego has had some cool things going on lately.

  • In North Park, a classically trained opera singer has been performing from her porch for the last 25 weeks. Read more here.
  • There is a new marketplace called Melanin Made in the College area that celebrates Black artists, designers, and creators. Learn more here.

Though this last one didn’t happen in San Diego, here is a story about a five-year-old who speaks for the first time and is bursting with happiness. Watch here.

We hope you all had a great week!


Voting Information

Did you know voting for the Presidential General Election looks a little different this year? We are a little under a month away from the Election, but we wanted to share information about the changes made to the voting process in response to COVID-19 to allow voters to exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure, and accessible manner. This year, all active registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail. The ballots would have been mailed by yesterday, October 5th. You can mail back your ballot or return it to an official mail ballot drop-off location.

The other option, if you need to vote in person, is to go to your polling place. Polling places will be open for four days from October 31st to November 3rd. There are fewer polling places than in previous elections, so the location of your assigned poll might have changed.

Visit to learn more about checking your voter registration (including your address), what is on your ballot, learn facts about voting by mail, where polling places are, or if you are a first-time voter you can register to vote in under 2 minutes!