As I sit down to reflect on the past 12 months and write my last letter as ACPA President, I can’t help but conclude that 2017 has continued to be a year of dramatic progress for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
The partnership with SAGE Publishing to produce our scientific journal starting in 2018 ensures The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal will continue to thrive and produce the highest quality scientific information on oral cleft and other craniofacial conditions.
The launch of the redesigned ACPA website ensures an enhanced user experience and more effective way to tell ACPA’s story to the world.
The one-year anniversary of the ACPA Online Community ensures the exhilarated communication and collaboration of ACPA members to ask questions, connect, network, share resources and more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across continents.
The increased engagement among ACPA members ensures greater member value and that ACPA continues to remain your “home” association.
The successful merger of ACPA and the Cleft Palate Foundation ensures a more streamlined approach to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care.
The theater release of the screen adaption of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling book, “Wonder,” ensures dialog, awareness, and understanding around facial difference happen not only at a local level, but a global level.
As you can see, 2017 did not disappoint as we progressed the organization to new heights. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as your president during the past year, and I hope you will join us at ACPA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting to ensure the continuous momentum of progression as we honor the past, challenge the present and inspire the future.