Did you know that:
• People living with epilepsy are more likely to have four or more medical chronic comorbidities?
• Black men are more likely to die from a seizure?
• People living with heart disease and stroke are at increased risk for developing epilepsy?
• Nearly 40% of children with epilepsy live in homes at or below the poverty level?
Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures. Because there are so many types of seizures and epilepsies, this disease is often unrecognized by the public and even by health care professionals where it is often misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. The fact is that many people living with epilepsy have common comorbid chronic conditions – often those that chronic disease professionals like you work with in providing programming for your state or territory.
Even if you’re not funded to work on epilepsy itself, many times, you can take simple steps to include this “forgotten” chronic disease in your current work, thereby helping many people who have “fallen by the wayside” in our public health programming.
This webinar will help you understand the basics of epilepsy such as “Are seizures and epilepsy the same?” “Are there different types of seizures and epilepsies?” What are common chronic conditions people with epilepsy may have? You’ll learn about how some states have taken steps to include epilepsy in their budgets and how others are finding ways to work with communities and healthcare systems to address common priorities for people living with this chronic disease.