Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project
The Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project is a three-year federally funded grant awarded by the Health Resources and Service Administration. The grant has been awarded to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Children's Special Health Care Services Program. As a partner on this project, the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan provides educational services to help improve health outcomes and access to specialty care for children and youth with epilepsy in rural and underserved areas. 

Focus areas of the project include the following:

  • Increasing access to epilepsy specialty care through education, referral, and telemedicine
  • Increasing the safety of students with epilepsy by ensuring that they have effective seizure action plans
  • Preparing youth with epilepsy for adulthood by promoting enhanced transition planning and building epilepsy self-management skills
  • Helping patients and families take a more active role in their healthcare by building self-advocacy skills, promoting appropriate care coordination, and encouraging the use of medical home models
  • Raising awareness of epilepsy management and resources among educators, community healthcare providers, and care managers

Through this project, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan can provide the following services in rural and underserved areas:

  • School Services (provided on-site by our Education & Advocacy Specialist – a licensed RN)
    • Seizure recognition & first aid training for staff
    • Hands-on rescue medication training
    • Assistance with seizure response planning
    • Advocacy (e.g. help with IEP and 504 planning)

  • Training for Other Professional Audiences
    • Local health departments
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers
    • Medicaid managed care plans
    • First responders
    • Summer camps
    • Day care centers

  • Education and Support for Patients and Families
    • Tailored workshops on topics such as…
      • Epilepsy diagnosis and treatment
      • Epilepsy self-management
      • Epilepsy and school performance
      • Transition

In addition, the Foundation's Back to School Conference (which includes a Teen Transition Workshop) is supported by this project.

For more information about the project, please visit the Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project website or contact MDHHS Project Coordinator, Marcia Franks. If you'd like to schedule a training or access other services described above, please contact Cindy Handford (800-377-6226 ext 1234).

This project is supported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H98MC26257, Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author/event sponsor and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.