March 26, 2017: Epilepsy Awareness Day

WHEREAS, epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological condition, estimated to affect more than 100,000 people in Michigan and over 3 million people in the United States, and,

WHEREAS, more than 3,300 enrollees in Michigan’s Children’s Special Health Care Services Program have an epilepsy diagnosis; and,

WHEREAS, one in ten persons will have at least one seizure during his or her lifetime, and,

WHEREAS, the public is often unable to recognize common seizure types, or how to respond with appropriate first aid, and,

WHEREAS, through the Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with local agencies to increase access to care for children and youth with epilepsy by the means of telemedicine, medical homes, education and training, transition planning, and connecting families and youth with resources;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, and I, Brian Calley, lieutenant governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 26, 2017 as Epilepsy Awareness Day in Michigan.