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ACPA is the community for medical professionals and individuals interested in the treatment and/or performance of research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Members and anyone interested in cleft and craniofacial care are encouraged to network with ACPA. Healthcare professionals can connect on the following platforms: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn ACPA Online Community (member only log-in) Interested individuals, patients and families can connect on the ACPA Family Services accounts: Facebook Twitter Blog Current ACPA members - please watch your inbox for a 2018 renewal notice in early October.  ACPA will continue to offer the same excellent membership benefits you received in ...
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ACPA’s National Office will be closed at 1:00PM EDT for an offsite meeting and will reopen at 8:30AM EDT on Tuesday, September 20th ...
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The application period for ACPA’s 2018 Professional Awards is now open. These awards offer cleft care providers the opportunity to engage in ACPA's Annual Meeting and claim the benefits of ACPA membership. Please note eligibility requirements and feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested. Awards are listed below, and you can apply here.  All applications are due October 2, 2017. David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship for Students Enrolled in a Communication Sciences and Disorders Program or Related Field This award helps current masters or doctoral students in relevant programs attend the ACPA Annual Meeting.  Non-ACPA members and ...
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Join cleft and craniofacial care professionals for ACPA's 75th Annual Meeting at The Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, April 10-14, 2018.  ACPA's 75th Annual Meeting will honor the past, challenge the present, and inspire the future. ACPA is exited to announce Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, as the Keynote speaker at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting.  Pillay is a medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Pillay is a ...
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ACPA members are invited to nominate a deserving candidate for a 2018 award.  All nominations are due October 2, 2017.  Nominations are being accepting for the following awards: The Honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA can bestow and is granted to those individuals, member or non-member, whose lifetime of research, healthcare delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social handicapping conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual, member or non-member, who has demonstrated exceptional service and ...
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ACPA is proud to join Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) in celebrating Craniofacial Acceptance Month (CAM) in September. CCA started CAM to widen the circle of acceptance for individuals with facial differences. The goal is to create awareness of craniofacial differences and to get people to see that “beyond the face is a heart.” CCA has scheduled its 10th Annual National Picnic Day on September 9th, and CCA families across the nation will hold picnics to meet families and promote awareness in their communities. ACPA is dedicated to creating a world where individuals with cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive, and widening ...
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The National Office is busy preparing team applications for evaluative review. Each year, teams from the United States and Canada are invited to become ACPA Approved Teams by completing an application and meeting a set of standards that pertain to the coordinated care of patients with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Having gone through the approval process with my own team, I can speak to the significance of ACPA Team Approval. The ACPA Team Approval process is important because it plays a major part in ensuring ACPA’s mission of optimizing team care for patients becomes a reality. Established in 2008, ...
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The ACPA Online Community is the place for members to ask questions, connect, network, share resources and more. Features include discussion forums, member profiles, resource libraries, blogs and events. ACPA launched the community in July 2016.  Now that a year has passed, ACPA has examined when members are most likely to post and has looked at the most popular discussions. The ACPA Online Community had a great first year - read all about it in this interactive infographic.  All ACPA members are invited to visit the site and join the conversation ...
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In August, I attended the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting. As with ACPA’s Annual Meeting, it is an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, to dive deeper into association management topics, to maintain my professional credential, and to explore approaches and solutions to organizational challenges by connecting with colleagues, vendors and presenters. I attended educational sessions that ranged from governance to leadership to revenue generation: Develop “Win/Win” Corporate Sponsorship The Right Board Leaders Translate to High-Performance (ASAE research that included Board recruitment, nomination and election processes) Game Changer: Be More Awesome – a Fresh ...
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Orthognathic Surgery is often performed in patients with a history of cleft palate or craniofacial conditions. The surgery is performed when the patient has completed facial skeletal growth, to correct residual dentofacial deformity and asymmetry. Surgery is planned in combination with orthodontic treatment, after leveling and alignment of the dental arches, and orthodontic preparation of the patient for surgery. When performed in the cleft and craniofacial patient, orthognathic surgery often involves surgery in both maxillary and mandibular bones, and may include bone grafting, a genioplasty procedure and/or malar region augmentation, with a goal to correct form and function. Traditional planning ...
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