About Us

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota was founded in 1954 by a group of dedicated doctors and social workers to address concerns about challenges facing people with seizures. Today, EFMN offers services across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to those facing the challenges of epilepsy. EFMN also serves the broader community by fostering a better understanding of epilepsy, promoting basic seizure training, and raising awareness of how common it is to experience a seizure.  An estimated 60,000 people in our region have epilepsy and our vision is that each of them will reach their full potential. EFMN is an affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation.




Our Mission

We lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.


Our Vision

A world in which people with seizures realize their full potential




About Our Programs

EFMN offers programs that connect, educate, and empower individuals and families affected by epilepsy and seizures, reaching over 225,000 people annually.



We offer programs for youth, adults, and families so they can connect with people going through similar challenges and reduce the sense of isolation.


The unpredictable nature of epilepsy can make a person feel they have little control over their life; EFMN empowers individuals through its Information and Referral services and its Epilepsy Advocacy communications.




Our education and training programs provide free and low-cost trainings to schools, daycare centers, workplaces, and senior centers so these environments are prepared if someone has a seizure.


In addition to these programs, EFMN actively partners with other institutions and organizations that overlap with our mission of serving the epilepsy community.



About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This can affect a variety of mental and physical functions, and result in seizures that can manifest in a variety of ways. Click here to download an Epilepsy Fact Sheet

EFMN works to improve understanding of epilepsy through regional education programs and public awareness efforts. We work closely with individuals affected by epilepsy, supporting them through their personal journey with epilepsy, and connecting them to resources and to other people with similar experiences.


  • 1 in 10 people in the U.S. will have a seizure in their lifetime; 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy. 


  • Nearly 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder.

  • 60,000 people in Minnesota have epilepsy, which is enough people to fill TCF Bank Stadium.

  • Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy.

  • Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in children, and the fourth most common in adults (after Migraine, Stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease).

  • Epilepsy is a spectrum of disorders with a range of severities and seizure types.

  • Seizures can happen to anyone at anytime, and in 70% of the cases the cause is unknown.

  • Epilepsy affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson's disease combined.


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