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National Grants Awarded to Improve Access to Care For Children and Youth Living with Epilepsy
10/15/2010

The Epilepsy Foundation has been awarded funding to serve as the National Center for Project Access (NCPA) by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Project Access is a nationwide effort to improve access to coordinated care and related services for children and youth with epilepsy. NCPA will serve as an information clearinghouse and provide national leadership and support to seven selected grantee organizations.


The Epilepsy Foundation was also awarded an Innovative Strategies for Serving Children and Youth with Epilepsy grant along with six other organizations, including two Epilepsy Foundation affiliates. Grantees will implement demonstration projects to improve access to health services and achieve early detection and treatment for children and youth with epilepsy and seizure disorders within their communities.

Organizations selected to participate are:

•Michigan Department of Community Health

•Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania

•Cleveland Clinic

•University of Nebraska Medical Center

•Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

•New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

•National Epilepsy Foundation

“We are honored that HRSA has selected the Epilepsy Foundation to operate the National Center for Project Access, said Deborah McGruder, Project Director of the NCPA. “This cooperative agreement will help us increase access to coordinated health care for children and youth with epilepsy in medically underserved communities where a lack of specialists can delay a diagnosis and proper treatment.”

Children, youth and families affected by epilepsy in underserved and rural areas often lack access to specialists who can properly diagnose the condition and provide proper treatment. Project Access is a national effort to address this issue and increase early detection and treatment for the children and youth who experience seizures.

Project Access is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Additional information on programs offered by the Foundation can be obtained at www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

 



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