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.

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.
    • 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 Cdc-pdf[PDF-965K] of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Environmental Approaches, Community-Clinical Linkages, and Health Systems Interventions. Read more on the program’s At-A-Glance.

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

The CDC Epilepsy Program Logic Model Cdc-pdf[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.