Epilepsy Durham Region launched the Clinic to Community (C2C) education program in 2018, in a working partnership a local epilepsy clinic. Clinic to Community helps to reduce the gap from first seizure to appropriate treatment which, on average, can be a 10–20-year journey. Within the first month of Clinic to Community operation, a 200% increase in request for support was realized, proving the need exists and is valued in our community. The overall goals of Clinic to community are to provide individuals and their family with information about seizures, seizure first aid and epilepsy, create a network of support services to help people in Durham Region affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders and their loved ones and/or caregivers to live well with their diagnosis, as well as to reduce the struggles that come with being diagnosed with epilepsy for the client, their family and/or caregivers, and the healthcare team. Epilepsy Durham Region understands that Epilepsy has life consequences that extend well beyond the experience of having seizures. Epilepsy can impact cognitive, physical, social, sensory, and emotional functioning. We are a vibrant agency that cares deeply for families affected by Epilepsy. We provide support to all eight municipalities in Durham Region – Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Township of Scugog, Brock Township and Uxbridge.
Services offered in Clinic to Community include:
- One-on-one counselling support – providing information about seizures, seizure first aid and education about when a seizure could be a medical emergency
- In-service training for teachers and students – customized presentations offered both virtually and in-person
- Employment support – advocacy and in-service training for employers and/or employees
- System navigation – assisting with the understanding and navigating of healthcare and government systems
- Community resource connections – providing families with a network of support services to help the family live well with Epilepsy