Upcoming events

Epilepsy Education

Customized epilepsy education programs are available for a variety of audiences, including:education

  • schools and childcare centers

  • social service providers

  • businesses

  • civic and community groups

  • people with epilepsy and their families

An annual fall family conference features clinicians and other epilepsy experts, and introduces participants to a wide range of topics of interest to persons with epilepsy and their families.

The availability of onsite programs varies by location. Where we are not able to provide onsite programs, videos can be loaned.

Support Groups

Please call the Epilepsy Foundation Iowa office at 515-238-7660 or call the contact below to ensure dates and times are still current. 2014 support groups pdf

Ames Meets the 2nd Thursday every other month on the ODD months at 6:30 PM.
Dates:  Jan. 9, Mar. 20, May 8, July 10, Sept. 11, Nov. 13
Location:  Mary Greeley Medical Center, 1111 Duff Avenue, Ames, IA
Contact:  Roxanne Cogil 515-238-7660

Cedar Rapids Meets the 2nd Wednesday every other month on the EVEN months at 6:30 PM.
Dates:  Feb. 12, Apr. 9, Jun. 11, Aug. 13, Oct. 8, Dec. 10
Location:  Mercy Medical Center, Katz Conference Room, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Contact:  Dale Todd 319-389-6071

Council Bluffs/Omaha Meets the 3rd Tuesday every month (except December) at 7:00 PM.
Dates: Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 20, Jun. 17, Jul. 15, Aug. 19, Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18
Location: Creighton University Medical Center, Room 5889 A&B, 601 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE
Contact:  Mary Overton 402-680-8026 and Heather Overton 402-680-3141

Des Moines Meets the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM.
Dates:  Jan. 23, Feb.27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24, May 22, Jun. 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sep. 25, Oct. 23, (No Nov. Meeting), Dec.11th
Location:  Mercy Medical Center, East Tower, Level A, Conf. Room 3, 1111 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA
Contact:  Roxanne Cogil 515-238-7660

Iowa City Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at 6:30 PM.
Dates:  Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 25, May 16, June 20, July 18, (No Aug Meeting), Sep. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, (No Dec. Meeting.)
Location:  Iowa City Public Library, Room D, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA
Contact:  Phyllis Sterba 319-354-1752

Quad Cities Meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM.
Dates:  Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, Jun. 5, Jul. 3, Aug. 7, Sep. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4
Location:  Trinity Hospital, Education Center, 500 John Deere Road, Moline, IL
Contact: Monta Ponsetto 309-373-0377

Sioux City Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 PM.
Dates:  Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar 18, Apr. 15, May 20, Jun. 17, Jul. 15, Aug. 19, Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16
Location:  Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland, 520 Nebraska Street, Suite 101, Sioux City, IA
Contact: Steve Fox 712-281-1741

Community Council


Services in Iowa are provided by Epilepsy Foundation staff assisted by the Epilepsy Foundation Iowa Community Council, and are coordinated through our Des Moines office.


Members of the Iowa epilepsy community participate in statewide and national efforts to increase awareness of epilepsy and funding for epilepsy research and services.

Speak Up Speak OutSpeak Up, Speak Out is a grassroots advocacy network that connects citizens with their federal elected officials on issues of national importance to the epilepsy community.

Kids Speak Up!
is a national conference for youth leaders with epilepsy. It provides 7-16 year olds with a unique opportunity to educate elected officials and staff about seizure disorders.

The Iowa Epilepsy Treatment and Education Task Force:

Initiative is a product of a House File 322, an act relating to the creation of a task force concerning drug product selection relative to antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of epileptic seizures and including effective date provisions.

Executive Summary

Final Report

Iowa Epilepsy Youth Council

The mission of the Iowa Epilepsy Youth Council is to improve the understanding and awareness of seizures among their peers and educators.  The purpose of the youth council is to educate, empower and to eliminate social stigma.  The youth council is a group of teenagers and young adults who collaborates with the Epilepsy Foundation’s Iowa office to eliminate stigma and uphold the mission of the Epilepsy Foundation through youth oriented projects and programming.

Youth are the future and offer a unique perspective and creativity with new ideas.  Youth with epilepsy often feel isolated, nervous and anxious about having a seizure in school in front of their peers.  Youth respond more readily to other youth which makes it easier to carry out workshops and trainings.  The meetings will offer the opportunity for youth to come and share the difficulties they may feel because of their epilepsy in order to increase their self-esteem and to decrease social stigma.

The youth will attend health fairs in the state, promoting epilepsy education and awareness and participating in some selected seizure trainings for social service groups and schools. 

To join the Iowa Epilepsy Youth Council, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation’s Iowa office.

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