Information, Referral and Support
The purpose of the Information, Referral and Support Program is threefold: to establish the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi as the focal point for general information on epilepsy as well as the disseminator of information on the supporting services available in the community to individuals with epilepsy and their families; to provide support mechanisms for those individuals, families and friends who must cope with the emotional stresses, social stigmas and family strains that result from having the disorder; and to provide referrals to other social service and health agencies when the resources of the Foundation are not sufficient to meet the needs of the individual or family.
Prevention and Education
The Foundation offers comprehensive prevention and education services throughout 82 counties in the state of Mississippi. Groups that are targeted and provided with appropriate presentations on a regular basis include: Public Schools (nurses, personnel and students); professionals including physicians and attorneys; police, emergency medical services personnel, health care professionals, community based organizations with special emphasis on health and social service agencies; and providers, such as day care centers.
Development and Fund-Raising
The Foundation’s development and fund-raising programs are equally important, subsidizing important programs and services that would, otherwise, not be offered. The Foundation special events include an annual “Heroes Among Us” dinner, Strides for Seizures 5K, and Driving for a Cure Golf Tournament. Other special events take place during the year. The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi also offers opportunities for memberships, donations, planned giving and bequests. See our Upcoming Events Calendar for the latest events.
The Foundation rests on the base of volunteer support. Volunteering on behalf of the Foundation comes in many forms, including serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors or Professional Advisory Board, serving on a fund-raising or special event committee, and/or working with the Foundation’s offices.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi has a fully staffed resource center located at its offices. Available resources include a wide range of informational brochures on epilepsy/seizure disorders in both English and Spanish.
Each year the Epilepsy Foundation sends children with epilepsy to the Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp.