Lea Hegge


“I am here and so are you. And we matter. We can change things.” –Ella Baker

Lea Hegge, M.P.H.
Senior Trainer

“I am here and so are you. And we matter. We can change things.” – Ella Baker

I whole-heartedly believe in Ella Baker’s message. It propels me as I do this work to reduce power-based personal violence. I know this world can be different. The current rates of violence are NOT inevitable, but often our society operates as though they are. I believe in the power of every single one of us. We have the ability to shift the culture around violence, one tiny push at a time. When we all realize that our individual contribution matters and we act, we will see the rates of violence come down. I celebrate and live the Green Dot etc. philosophy because for years I did this work without truly knowing how change could happen. Now my mission is crystal clear: We are here. We matter. Let’s change things. 

Professional Information

Lea Hegge, M.P.H., holds a degree in Health Behavior from the University of Kentucky. Lea’s career started in youth development and program implementation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. She has served as a violence prevention educator in Montana and a program evaluator for a statewide sexual violence prevention initiative in Kentucky. Lea is passionate about the prevention of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking. She is knowledgeable about issues relating to public health and has extensive experience in community development, comprehensive prevention strategies and empowerment evaluation. Lea has completed domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy training and has experience in direct client services in Montana and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Lea is currently a Senior Trainer for Green Dot etc., and a Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions.

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At Green Dot, etcetera,  our work goes beyond the Green Dot program itself. As leaders in violence prevention, we provide training, technical assistance, and program development for individuals, schools, and organizations both domestically and internationally as they work to foster safe communities. We are proud to be a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office o Violence Against Women Campus Program.  To learn more about that initiative, please visit our OVW Technical Assistance section.


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