Message from BGSU’s Chief Health Officer

Here at Bowling Green State University, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of our Falcon family, neighbors and friends.

We are proud of the new, unique public-public partnership between the University and the Wood County Health Department. We are working jointly to improve the public health of Wood County and northwest Ohio. Together, we are focused on health instruction, practice, research and workforce development.

During these uncertain times, our role is especially essential as we implement plans to combat the spread of COVID-19. Navigating the reality of the global pandemic has been a challenge like nothing else we’ve ever seen in public health. Our goal is to keep people as safe as possible at the university and beyond. For details about what the University is doing to prepare for the return to campus, visit our Forward Falcons - In This Together website.  

While COVID-19 has our immediate attention, we also are committed to exploring additional opportunities between the University and the health department. We plan to:

  • Collaborate on public health projects, provide educational opportunities for BGSU students and additional assistance to health department employees to serve the needs of northwest Ohio;
  • Provide increased involvement of health department staff to serve as mentors, student advisors, guest lecturers at BGSU, and for BGSU students, faculty and staff to serve as technical resources and guest lecturers for the health department;
  • Develop grant applications to generate new and additional funding to support outreach missions for the region; and
  • Develop initiatives for research opportunities, pandemic planning, grant funding, workforce development, community health assessments and program evaluation.

We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation, listen to the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, the Ohio Health Department and work toward the time when we can resume more normal operations. With everything we have done to date, we know that we are in this together and will move forward together.

In health and wellness,

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Ben Batey, MPH, RN

Chief Health Officer

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Ben Batey, MPH, RN, joined Bowling Green State University in July 2020 in the inaugural position of Chief Health Officer, created in part as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Batey worked at the Wood County Health Department for 10 years, where he served as health commissioner since 2014. He also held several leadership positions including CEO of the Wood County Community Health Center, director of nursing and infectious disease, emergency preparedness coordinator and epidemiologist. Prior to the health department, he was a registered nurse for Mercy St. Anne Hospital and Mercy Home Care. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (Bowling Green State University/University of Toledo) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Ohio.