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Division of Community Well-‍Being

Division of Community Well-Being

A Message from BGSU Chief Well-Being Officer

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

Whether you are a faculty or staff member or student, we can all be accountable for creating a supportive community where we can recognize if an individual is in need of help. Healthy living is part of designing the life you want to lead. We focus on integrating ways to support students, faculty and staff across campus, physically, mentally and emotionally, to achieve their best health.

As the chief well-being officer at BGSU, it is my goal to help elevate the health and well-being of our campus community to ensure that our students, faculty and staff have access to resources and programs that will improve their health and well-being.

At BGSU, we want to build your best life – and the University is here to give you all of the tools you need to instill lifelong wellness.

Be well,

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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Well-Being Officer
Hazing Prevention Coordinator

Ben Batey, MPH, RN

Ben Batey, MPH, RN, joined BGSU 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.

Key Services and Initiatives

Community of Care

As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University prioritizes community well-being and belonging to ensure that Falcons do not struggle alone. Read More

Falcon Health Chat

Falcon Health Chat is a free and confidential tool, available 24/7 to all BGSU students, faculty and staff to help support your mental health by offering resources to help you manage anxiety and depression, relieve stress and build resilience. Read More

Well-Being Design

Well-being Design helps to provide the fundamental life skills, resources and support to enhance the welfare of our campus community. Read More

Hazing Prevention

BGSU seeks to promote a safe environment so members of our learning community may participate in experiences and activities without compromising their health, well-being, dignity and/or rights. Read More

Food, Financial, Housing and Basic Needs Assistance

A variety of resources are available for students seeking food, financial guidance, housing assistance and basic needs items. Read More

COVID-19 Protocols

Learn more about current BGSU COVID-19 guidelines and protocols on our Bowling Green and Firelands campuses. Read More

Community Well-Being Events

Updated: 03/11/2024 12:22PM