Pre Recorded Webinar

Wednesday, June 28th, 2018 - 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

The Epilepsy Foundation joins the Men’s Health Network in the celebration of Men’s Health during the month of June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Males and non-Hispanic Blacks had the highest age-adjusted death rates with epilepsy from 2005 to 2014, per a 2016 study utilizing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 Higher epilepsy mortality among men and minority populations demonstrates the increased need for health educators, public health professionals, primary care providers and students to be informed of epilepsy and how to support men living with epilepsy. Learn more at

Learning Objectives:

  • To define epilepsy and common types of seizures and co-morbidities
  • To examine unique care needs of men living with epilepsy
  • To identify credible epilepsy health education resources

Approximate Length of Class: 1 hour

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Men’s Health Month Foreword

Steven Owens, MD, MA, MPH
Vice President of Programs and Services
Epilepsy Foundation

Steven Owens, MD, MPH is a seasoned public health and family medicine trained physician with expertise in minority health issues – health equity and disparities, and public health workforce recruitment and development. Recently, he became the Vice President of Programs and Services for the Epilepsy Foundation. Dr. Owens is the former health equity consultant of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Director of Health Equity for the Directors of Health Promotion and Education. In his former roles, he provided technical assistance to state, local and territorial departments of health to address health inequities through using public health systems and environmental change tools, and geographic analysis of market research data to plan and inform effective health programs. With an emphasis on health equity, he provided health department staff trainings on integrating social determinants of health into projects and activities addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Additionally, Dr. Owens once led the Diversity Initiative for USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program. He received a master’s in biology from Hampton University, a master’s in public health with a focus on international health policy and management from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a medical doctorate from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Epilepsy Speaker

Patricia Shafer, RN, MN
Senior Director of Information & Health Education Resources
Epilepsy Foundation

Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN is the senior director for health information and resources and the associate editor of for the Epilepsy Foundation. She has worked as an epilepsy nurse specialist at a comprehensive epilepsy center for many years. She has volunteered for many years with multiple epilepsy organizations, including past chair of the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation, and past board member for the American Epilepsy Society and Epilepsy Foundation.  Ms. Shafer has extensive experience presenting and organizing conferences at regional, national and international levels. She has been involved for many years with research on and development of self-management resources in epilepsy.  In recent years, Ms. Shafer has been working on the use of digital resources for patient/family education and self-management.


Continuing Education Contact Hours Statement:

Epilepsy Foundation has requested continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.(NCHEC) and the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) for this activity. This webinar has been audited for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) and Certified in Public Health (CPH) credit to receive 1 FREE Category I continuing education contact hours.  CHES, MCHES, and CPH credits will be automatically reported to NCHEC and NBPHE by Epilepsy Foundation as Provider ID #121739 following the webinar. Individuals seeking continuing education units (CEU) beyond CHES, MCHES, or CPH may request a certificate upon completion of event evaluation for self-submission.


This webinar is a part of An Epilepsy Education and Awareness Collaborative: Improving Epilepsy Programs, Services and Outcomes through Partnership CDC Cooperative Agreement (Grant: 1NU58DP006256-01-00). This health education activity aligns with project strategy four to educate priority audiences on epilepsy through the provision of standardized, evidence-based educational resources and technical assistance.


1. Greenlund S, Croft J, Kobau R. Epilepsy deaths by age, race/ethnicity, and gender – United States; 2005-2014. Epilepsy & Behavior 2017; 69:28-30.

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