Shining a Light: Advancing Health Equity in Overlooked Epilepsy Communities

Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos, Rebecca García Sosa, Leah Blank, Emily L. Johnson, Camilo Gutierrez

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Achieving equitable health in epilepsy requires addressing systemic barriers and social determinants of health to ensure that every person with epilepsy has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. We review the literature on disparities that affect several minoritized groups living with epilepsy. Early solutions with the potential for modeling towards replication for low socioeconomic status population, non-English language preference communities, sexual and gender minorities, and rural and underserved communities with high social determinants of health burden are shared as examples to catalyze stakeholder investment in identifying and addressing health disparities across the spectrum of epilepsy at both the provider and health systems level. Further support for innovative research is needed to better delineate epilepsy prevalence, treatment access, and health outcomes among diverse populations. These data are essential for enabling the development and testing of evidence-based approaches that lessen disparities and support health equity for individuals impacted by epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEpilepsy Currents
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • health disparities
  • health equity
  • non-English language preference
  • rural
  • sexual and gender minorities
  • social determinants of health
  • socioeconomic status


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