Community Education
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is committed to increasing awareness of epilepsy among professionals and the public. Community understanding and support can play a key role in improving the lives of people with epilepsy. This includes the ability to recognize different types of seizures and respond appropriately. It also includes recognizing that epilepsy can be a lot more than just seizures.
 
Through a variety of services, the Foundation reduces stigma, corrects misconceptions, and provides professionals with tools and information to help their clients with epilepsy succeed. These services include the following:
 
Seizure Recognition & First Aid Training – tailored epilepsy awareness and first aid trainings for a variety of audiences, including school staff, first responders, professionals serving seniors, and more; specialized training on rescue medication use and other topics is also available; contact Pamela Bird (ext. 1204) to schedule a training virtually, at your location, or at our Southfield Office. The safety of our team and training participants is our top priority. As such, the Foundation has implemented guidelines for onsite training with the intent of reducing any possible community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Information on our guidelines can be found here. For more information on available trainings, view our program flyer.

Seizure Smart for Kids – age-appropriate epilepsy awareness presentations for elementary, middle school, and high school students; contact Pamela Bird (ext. 1204)

Online Seizure Recognition & First Aid Certification - 75-minute online training for anyone who wants to learn how to recognize seizures and respond with appropriate first aid

Seizure Recognition & First Aid Training for School Nurses and School Personnel - on-demand online classes and in-person trainings - contact Cindy Leino-Handford (ext. 1234) to schedule an in-person training 
 
Here for You Helpline – face-to-face, phone, or email consultation to help professionals and interested individuals learn more about epilepsy and its management
 
Learn & Share Conference Calls – monthly conference calls featuring expert speakers and sharing of ideas on a variety of epilepsy-related topics
 
Wellness & Epilepsy Conference – annual conference featuring a keynote speaker, health fair, networking reception, and expert-led educational sessions on wellness and epilepsy management

Challenge of the Year - each year, the Foundation selects a significant epilepsy-related problem to address over the course of a year; this includes raising community awareness of the nature and extent of the problem and what people can do to help

Purple Pumpkin Project - channel your creativity each fall by making your own purple pumpkin, and join people across the country in raising epilepsy awareness and funding