CDC Addresses Epilepsy

CDC addresses the public health challenge of epilepsy through multiple strategies. Healthcare providers, researchers, and other professionals can learn more about this work below or on our program infographic.

Our Purpose – To improve the health and well-being of people with epilepsy.

To accomplish this, the CDC Epilepsy Program

  • Leads self-management research, program implementation, and dissemination, including
  • Establishes and expands surveillance and data collection to
    • Describe the burden of epilepsy.
    • Identify risk and protective factors.
    • Evaluate prevention efforts.
    • Prioritize program development.
  • Prevents known risk factors for epilepsy by
  • Develops and promotes programs that create a more supportive environment for people with epilepsy by
    • Elevating epilepsy as a public health issue to motivate action.
    • Complementing activities of key partners such as the Epilepsy Foundationexternal icon.
    • Funding new programs, services, and activities.

CDC Epilepsy Program activities also fall within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s four key action areas of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Environmental Approaches, Community-Clinical Linkages, and Health Systems Interventions. Read more on the program’s Fact Sheet.

The CDC Epilepsy Program also creates features to bring attention to important epilepsy issues and topics.

The CDC Epilepsy Program Logic Model pdf icon[PDF-140KB] shows how program resources support different funded activities and the expected impacts these activities will have in the short, medium, and long term.