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ACPA is excited to announce a new membership level for the 2018 calendar year.  ACPA membership is essential to everyone looking to start a career in cleft and craniofacial healthcare, and this new membership opportunity will help ease the transition from student to professional. The new Transitional Membership will be available to all student members who meet the following criteria: Current ACPA Student Members in good standing. Have completed school and/or their training program. Interested in working with cleft and craniofacial patients. Not yet employed in a cleft lip/palate or craniofacial related position. If a student member meets all of ...
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Abstracts for ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting are due September 12, 2017.  All members and interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts on new research, developing information or instructional courses on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.  Submit an abstract now.   ACPA’s Annual Meeting is a general scientific meeting with over 300 presentations. The program includes general and concurrent specialty sessions, poster sessions, panel presentations, and short courses including eye openers, study sessions, and advanced courses. ACPA provides continuing medical, speech, and nursing education through ACCME, ASHA, and ANCC. The meeting also includes networking opportunities such as discipline forums, special interest groups, ...
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This month, ACPA Family Services is excited to share the story the Gould Family and their cleft journey, in 2008 and 2017. In 2008, the Goulds found out during and ultrasound appointment that Charlotte would be born with a unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate.  Like many families, they were devastated by the news. “The moment that I saw the black and white screen displaying my baby’s face, I instantly knew something wasn’t right. My heart sank, the room grew quiet, my dreams seemed to crumble, the ultrasound technician tried to get a better image, the room grew colder, and ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is excited to hold ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 10-14, 2018.  Pittsburgh was ACPA's first home and is the perfect place to celebrate 75 years of Team Care. Pittsburgh is a vibrant, mid-sized city that has the feel of a small town. Pittsburgh offers a surprising and unexpected experience for visitors, with natural beauty, unique terrain and diverse offerings at every turn.  Take to the streets and explore the city and make time to enjoy the surrounding landscape while you are in town. ACPA’s Annual Meeting will take place at The ...
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If you are like me, you belong to a number of associations. The reasons I belong and the benefits vary, feeling a much stronger affinity for one than the other. Why do we choose to belong to an association? Access to resources…educational opportunities…leading scientific research…networking…a sense of community. Of course, I am somewhat biased when it comes to ACPA. All associations are on an elusive quest to offer value to their members so that they LOVE their association and would recommend it to others in a heartbeat. But how do we measure that? One way is to understand the level ...
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The ACPA Member Directory is one of the many resources available to members for connecting with other cleft professionals. The directory can be used to network with a particular member through a more focused search or a group of members through a wider search. Search parameters can be entered that pertain to a member’s name, location or specialty. The location and specialty drop downs allow users to search multiple parameters. For example, you can search for nurses and coordinators located in North Carolina or Virginia. Once the search criteria are entered, a summary page will be displayed with a list ...
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Last week, something extraordinary happened at 1504 East Franklin — something that was a new experience for me. A mother, who is expecting a child with cleft lip, came by our offices with her mother and children. She recently moved to the US, leaving behind a difficult family situation. Her mother had called the Cleftline a few months ago. It was a very tough conversation. Chris Bouton, the administrative assistant who has assists with Cleftline, took that call. Chris was moved by the opportunity to meet her and relieved to see that she and her daughter’s family were doing well. While we ...
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ACPA is excited to announce updates to registration at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting.  The meeting in Pittsburgh, April 10-14 2018, will Honor the Past, Challenge the Present, and Inspire the Future. This year all registration packages will include short courses and social events.  Advanced courses will be the only Annual Meeting Sessions with an additional charge. Registration to the meeting will be inclusive of all eye openers, study sessions, and social events.  The Pre-Conference Symposium, April 10, 2018, is a separate registration.   View the registration rates. This year’s meeting includes a 75th Annual Gala.  Please watch for additional meeting information, ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is accepting abstracts for ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting, April 10-14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.  All ACPA members and interested nonmembers are invited to submit abstracts on new research, developing information or instructional courses on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.  Submit an abstract now.  All submissions are due September 12, 2017. Before you submit, review the abstract submission materials.  Contact us at jessica.kokos@acpa-cpf.org with any questions. Join us as honor the past, challenge the present, and inspire the future ...
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I am proud and excited to be writing this month’s letter as the President of the newly merged ACPA. As of June 30, 2017, the Cleft Palate Foundation merged with ACPA and has become ACPA Family Services. ACPA is proud to represent professionals and families working together to build cleft and craniofacial awareness and improve care. Please take a moment to read a letter from Marilyn Cohen, CPF President (2013-2017). We are also pleased to announce the launch of ACPA’s new website this month. Please keep an eye on www.acpa-cpf.org for ongoing updates about ACPA’s programs. The ACPA Family Services ...
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