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ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting, April 10-14, 2018 at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, will feature a one-day Pre-Conference Symposium: Optimizing the Delivery of Team Care. The symposium, held April 10, 2018, will focus on critical aspects of multidisciplinary care delivery, specifically as it relates to cleft/craniofacial team clinic operational models and efficiency of care delivery. In addition, innovative approaches for providing team care in an ever-changing healthcare environment will be presented Attendees of this symposium will: Have an opportunity to participate in a larger discussion of extra-clinical issues that impact the delivery of multidisciplinary care Have an understanding of different ...
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Chapel Hill, NC – November 17, 2017 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce the results of the election for the 2018 Board of Directors. “This has been a year of transition for ACPA.  I am honored to have served as president through the merger with the Cleft Palate Foundation and I am excited to continue to move toward a better future for ACPA, our members, and the patients and families we serve,” said Robert J. Havlik, MD, 2017 ACPA president. “On behalf of the ACPA Board of Directors, I would like to thank Ana M ...
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Together we are stronger. That was the idea behind the merger of the Cleft Palate Foundation and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), two preeminent organizations dedicated to the treatment of cleft palate and craniofacial conditions. United under the ACPA name, we are doing even more to serve these extraordinary patients, families and professionals along their cleft journeys through an array of education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary care. Now, we need you to join us. Please consider a gift to our “Together We Are Stronger” Annual Campaign. Your support will enable ACPA to deliver: Patient care. Approximately 2,650 babies ...
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ACPA and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) merged in 2017 to better achieve our common mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. CPF’s former programs have been integrated into ACPA, and this had led to changes to ACPA’s committee and selection panel structure.  The Board of Directors has established several new committees and has worked to modify the objectives of current committees to ensure that work is continuing seamlessly. ACPA has established these new committees and selection panels: Family Services Committee.  This committee will work to ...
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With the screen adaption of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling book, “Wonder,” being released to theaters later this month, communities are coming together to discuss facial differences. The story is about the journey of a boy named Auggie with a craniofacial condition, who is entering public school for the first time and shares valuable lessons of compassion and acceptance. Both the film and book have helped to generate awareness and dialogue around people with facial differences at a pace that is unlike anything I have seen before. All over the country, classrooms, institutions, and organizations, including ACPA, are assembling screenings of the ...
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When I started working at ACPA, I quickly became active in the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce. Chambers typically provide member benefits and local networking opportunities. The Chapel Hill Chamber is a vibrant and active chamber. Last month I attended "the" event of the year, the "State of the Community" breakfast. Many local government officials and business people attended to learn about social, environmental, and economic indicators about the health of our community. I was joined at my table by Congressman David Price. Through various chamber activities, we have raised our profile locally. We were highlighted as the nonprofit spotlight ...
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ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh is just 6 months away.  Abstract submission has closed and the Program Committee, chaired by ACPA Vice President-Elect Patricia A. Beals, DMD, MS, is working to finalize the meeting program. The Program Committee designs the scientific program along with invited reviewers.  Reviewers have 3 weeks to assess the blinded abstracts based on the following criteria: Is the topic appropriate for ACPA’s Annual Meeting? Is the information well organized? Will the presentation introduce new information? Is the required information included? After the reviews are complete, a subgroup of the Program Committee meets to discuss the reviewed ...
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ACPA is in the process of transitioning The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) from Allen Press to SAGE Publishing. Readers will notice a fresh look for the journal when it hits mailboxes in January. Visitors will see an improved reading experience when accessing the newly designed and fully responsive CPCJ website in December. For the first couple of months under the new publisher, the online journal will be available to all. ACPA will introduce a single sign-on for members after the introductory period. With the new system, ACPA members will have one login for the ACPA website, The CPCJ, and the ...
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / October 23, 2017 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting a special screening event for the major motion picture Wonder on November 19 at Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program and feature film screening. The movie, which stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, is based on the New York Times bestseller book written by R.J. Palacio about Auggie, a boy born with a facial difference. The story follows the boy’s journey as he starts 5th grade, entering public school ...
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ACPA 2018 College Scholarship season is now open. Scholarships are available for students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions who will be rising freshmen or continuing college students at US-accredited institutions in Fall 2018. ACPA is pleased to award annual college scholarships to outstanding students nationwide.  These include: Peter Randall, MD & Don LaRossa, MD Scholarship Award Earl “Gip” Seaver, PhD Scholarship Award One $500 award for a student enrolled in a community, vocational or technical school A minimum of eight general scholarships of at least $500 each. Additional scholarships of increased amounts may be offered as funds are available ...
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