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Nearly 3 million Americans have diagnosed epilepsy, about 300,000 of them are 18 or younger. Every year, approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed in children and adolescents under the age of 18.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder characterized by unprovoked, recurrent seizures. Although it often can be treated successfully with medications, surgery and diet, epilepsy can be a life-altering condition.
The Epilepsy Grant Program integrates public health, epilepsy affiliates and providers to develop more seamless services across primary and specialty care, educational services and other community resources.
Project Access grants to states and local governments support demonstration projects to improve access to seizure-related health and other services and encourage early detection and treatment in children and others residing in medically underserved areas. The projects
|Cleveland Clinic |
Tatiana Falcone, MD, project director
|Epilepsy Foundation |
Mimi E. Browne, MPH, project director
|Epilepsy Foundation of Florida |
Judy Clauser, director of special projects
|Epilepsy Foundation of Western & Central Pennsylvania |
Peggy Beem-Jelley, project director
|Michigan Department of Community Health |
320 S. Walnut Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Linda Fletcher, project coordinator
|Munroe-Meyer Institute University of Nebraska Medical Center |
Dr. Linda Cook, project coordinator
|New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Special Medical Services |
Elizabeth Collins, CSHCN director
Project Access national resource center cooperative agreement supports
The Epilepsy Foundation is the current grantee.
Both funding opportunities will help to address recommendations from the Institute Of Medicine report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding , focusing on the following:
These activities will also contribute to potential areas of collaboration for HRSA as a participant in an ongoing HHS-wide Epilepsies Workgroup that focuses on follow-up activities to address the IOM study.
Case Studies from Project Access Phase II Grantees
Project Access Toolkits are sets of information, collected together by category, to facilitate the ease of understanding how to successfully interact with various aspects and elements of epilepsy and those affected by epilepsy. Titles include Epilepsy and My Child and Manual de la Epilepsia y Mi Hijo - The Newly Diagnosed Parent.
Sign up for Project Access and/or Project Access: Epilepsy and My Child quarterly newsletters and view archived copies