Health Education Coordinator
Office/Department: Health and Counseling Services, Student Center
Location: Cedar Apartments
Phone: (218) 755-2080
Box #: 42
Jacob (Jay) Passa
Jay Passa received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Bemidji State University. Jay is the Health Education Coordinator for the Student Center for Health and Counseling at Bemidji State University.
Jay has 25 years of experience working in college health education and health promotion and is a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist and certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid. As the Health Education Coordinator, this position oversees the planning; implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion programs, strategies and participates policy development. Many of these efforts directly support campus safety. In the position, he collaborates with key campus and community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive approach to student health and wellness.
Jay coordinates the health education outreach at the student Center for Health and Counseling for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. The programming efforts this position implements support and maintains institutional compliance with some federal mandates including the Violence Against Women Act, Campus SaVE Act, Clery Act, and Drug Free Schools and Community Act. Jay serves as the chair of the employee wellness committee and is responsible for implementing the MN State required Sexual Violence Prevention Training for incoming students.
Jay serves on several campus and community committees, supervises community health interns and field practicum students and is the advisor for two student organizations that promote healthy choices.
I’m passionate about empowering students to make healthy lifestyle choices and challenging them in a non-judgmental way to make responsible decisions.