The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2018. ACPA was founded in 1943 following an interdisciplinary course on the construction of speech appliances for children at Pennsylvania State College. The Association has gone through several name changes over the years – starting out as the American Academy of Cleft Palate Prosthesis – and the focus has always been the pursuit of excellence in research and in the delivery of team care to patients with cleft and craniofacial conditions. ACPA is proud to celebrate 75 years of team care.
The original purpose of ACPA holds true in the mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy, and interdisciplinary team care.
ACPA will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary all year by highlighting stories on the ACPA Blog, Facebook and Twitter. The membership and the cleft and craniofacial community are invited to join us at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh to honor the past, challenge the present and inspire the future.
ACPA is excited to unveil a 75th Anniversary timeline at the meeting in April. Those interested in history are welcome to view the following resources:
- The American Cleft Palate Association: Its First 36 Years
- Presidents’ Perceptions: An Historic Review of Fifty Years of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- CPCJ 50th Anniversary Editorial Board Commentary: Otolaryngology—Then and Now
- CPCJ 50th Anniversary Editorial Board Commentary: Ethics and Health Policy—Then and Now
- Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal 50th Anniversary Editorial Board Commentary: Anatomy, Basic Sciences, and Genetics—Then and Now
- ACPA Legend Videos
Thank you to everyone who has supported ACPA over the past 75 years: the members, volunteers on committees and the board, donors, sponsors and partners. Please join us in honoring the past, challenging the present and inspiring the future throughout 2018.
Here’s to 75 more years of team care.