AmeriCorps: Community Health Workers

Serving the Epilepsy Community

AmeriCorps brings people together to serve communities. AmeriCorps members work directly with organizations and nonprofits to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.

EFCT has partnered with The Epilepsy Foundation New England to host AmeriCorps members, in training to become community health workers.  This program allows individuals to help those living with Epilepsy in CT. Our AmeriCorps members are available to work with clients on a weekly and as-needed basis to help provide culturally appropriate health education and information, assist them in getting the care they need, and offer general support as they seek to manage their Epilepsy.

Epilepsy Support in Medical Centers

Epilepsy Resource Rooms

Epilepsy Resource Rooms have been set up at hospitals and medical centers throughout New England to offer active listening while providing community resources, individualized support, education, and services to help people manage their epilepsy and challenges related to epilepsy. Support is free and open to anyone living with epilepsy and caregivers for people living with epilepsy.  Currently, we have AmeriCorps members serving in the Epilepsy Centers at Yale and Hartford Hospital in CT.

If you are interested in connecting with one of our Community Health Workers, please contact Monica Anzelone at 860-346-1924 or

Meet our AmeriCorps Team…

Elsa Gomez

“For almost a year, I have been supporting individuals impacted by Epilepsy and their families through the Epilepsy Foundation of CT. During this time, I have increased my knowledge about Epilepsy and experienced great satisfaction in helping others with this condition. I have a background in tutoring college students and collaborating in other areas of public and private entities.”

Elsa will be helping us to pilot an Epilepsy Resource Room at Hartford Ayer Neuroscience Center.

Mary Sease

“I was drawn to the Foundation to better educate myself to be able to help people living with Epilepsy; It has always been my passion to help make a difference in people’s lives. After my service, I hope to continue supporting, providing, and connecting people with community resources.”

Mary has been serving in the Epilepsy Resource Room at the Yale Epilepsy Center.

Shannon Taylor-Hall

“What drew me to the foundation was my curiosity to know more. I had knowledge of epilepsy, but I felt like I did not know enough. My goal is to be a difference maker in this world, and I am so grateful to be fulfilling my purpose in this role. To be able to support each person and help them feel more secure in themselves, in their condition and in their lives is our ultimate purpose here at the foundation. After serving my team here I plan to continue pursuing and growing my career as a community health worker.”