What’s New in Epilepsy

The latest Epilepsy resources, programs, campaigns, and website updates.

Barriers to and Disparities in Access to Health Care Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Epilepsy — United States, 2015 and 2017.

In 2015 and 2017, adults with active or inactive epilepsy were more likely to report an inability to afford prescription medicine, specialty care, or other types of care, had trouble finding a doctor, delayed care because of transportation barriers, or were in families having problems paying medical bills, compared with U.S. adults without epilepsy.

Seizure- or Epilepsy-Related Emergency Department Visits Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, 2019–2021

Seizure- or epilepsy-related emergency department visits decreased sharply during the early pandemic period among all age groups, especially children aged 0–9 years. The return to pre-pandemic baseline in this group was delayed until mid-2021, longer than other age groups.

The Power of Collaboration: The Managing Epilepsy Well Network [PDF – 2 MB]

Learn about the partners, programs, and impact of CDC’s Managing Epilepsy Well Network.

Increasing Delivery and Coordination of Epilepsy Care and Self-Management Supports: The Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas

The Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas has increased access to multiple self-management programs for people with epilepsy living in and around San Antonio, Texas.

TIME: Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Mental Illness

Case Western Reserve University developed and implemented this psychosocial treatment program that blends education, goal setting, and behavioral modeling in a group format. The program empowers people with epilepsy to take ownership of their care to reduce their depressive symptoms

HOBSCOTCH: Home-Based Self-Management and Cognitive Training Changes Lives

Dartmouth University developed and implemented a memory training program that offers practical strategies and a focus on problem solving for people with epilepsy and cognitive difficulties.

Stay, Safe, Side: The Epilepsy Foundation Expands its Seizure First Aid Training

The Epilepsy Foundation has developed a standardized, web-based seizure recognition and first aid certification program.

PACES: Program of Active Consumer Engagement in Self-Management

The University of Washington has developed a program that improves well-being and self-management skills among adults with epilepsy through education, training, goal setting, and support.

Project ECHO Brings Health Care Providers Together to Improve Epilepsy Care in Ohio

Primary care providers increase their knowledge about epilepsy through this tele-mentoring program that connects them with specialists.

New Notice of Funding Opportunity: CDC announces the availability of fiscal year 2021 funds under a new 5-year cooperative agreement.

South Carolina Blazes a Trail for Epilepsy Surveillance [PDF – 1 MB]

This Success Story describes a ground-breaking CDC-funded project in South Carolina that serves as a model for epilepsy surveillance activities.