We're New Again! Now We're the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio

If you’ve followed us, you know we’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past year. Each change has taken us a step closer to who we are today. We are now Epilepsy Foundation Ohio. That’s right, we’re expanding to serve everyone in Ohio who affected by epilepsy.

This is a big step for us, and one we are taking very seriously. We want to make sure all our programs are services are equally available to everyone in the state, whether you live in a city or in the country. Please take a tour around our website and take a peek at what we’re offering. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

As part of this expansion, we need to learn more about Ohio and the needs in our state. We’re working with some folks to launch a survey soon to ask you what you need so we know where to focus our efforts. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more info- or to be sure you’re invited to our survey, sign up for our newsletter on this website.

We also want you to contact us if you need anything or information about that is affecting your life. You can email us at ohio@efa.org or call us at 937-233-2500. We are here for you.

We’re looking forward to working for all of you - and hopefully meet many of you at a program or event.

Sincerely,

Pam

Epilepsy Foundation of America Partners with Us and Creates New Organization- The Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region

Hey, we've got a new name!

In partnership with The Epilepsy Foundation of America, we're now the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region.  This new organization will take the place of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. 

Legally, the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio will no longer exist.  The new national chapter, the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region, is rising in its place.  “Except for our new name, this change should be transparent to those we serve,” said Pamela Jacques, MS, CPW, CHES, executive director of the local chapter. “Serving those affected by epilepsy continues to be our primary focus. Our programs and services will continue uninterrupted.” The new organization will serve Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties in Ohio.  

Many local nonprofit organizations have struggled with funding, especially funding for operations, such as rent and utilities.  The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio faced these same challenges.  This new organization will operate under the auspices of the national organization, alleviating some of the day to day pressures so the staff can concentrate on serving the community. “We are pleased to welcome the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region into our chapter network,” said Phil Gattone, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.  “Assuring epilepsy-related programs and services continue in this part of Ohio is a priority.”  The national organization is committed to maintaining local programs and assured that local donations ear-marked for local programs would stay local. 

The local chapter offers support services; such as support groups, education for people living with epilepsy, the parents of children with epilepsy and children; education for the community including: police, firefighters/EMTs, school personnel, daycare personnel, employers and others; prescription assistance; referrals to local services and more.  A national chapter will be able to offer more programs to the community, and we plan to roll out several new offerings over the next year – including a program especially for children impacted by epilepsy.   For more information about local Epilepsy Foundation services and programs, contact us at 937-233-2500.

 

New Beginnings

Hello everyone.  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Pamela Jacques and I am the new Executive Director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. I am excited about what the future holds for the Foundation. Our priority is to serve those who live with epilepsy and their families- so you will see more programs and services being offered designed to do just that- serve. Right now we're in the process of shoring up our resources and planning our longer term goals.  

A little background about me.  I have spent most of my professional life working in nonprofits, including 21 years at Premier Health here in Dayton.  The last 9 of which was as the Executive Director of Premier Community Health, which used to be a small subsidiary of Premier that offered health and wellness programs to the community.  I have a Master of Science from California College for Health Sciences in Health Services and a Bachelors degree in Communications from Wright State University.  I'm also a Certified Health Education Specialist. 

It is my privilege to serve this area and those living with epilepsy and their families.  I plan to share our progress here as we move forward. If you have a topic you'd like to hear more about, please let us know.  Perhaps we can make it the topic of one of these blogs.

To new beginnings!

Pam