In Palm Springs, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Executive Council and Cleft Palate Foundation Board met jointly with an aim to explore areas of common interest and future collaboration. The Council and Board acknowledged that although related organizations, many may not make a distinction between the two and in fact, some confusion may exist for members, patients, family and the general public. The Council and Board recognized both organizations have a shared mission and overlapping goals, which speaks to the need for an overarching framework for the strategic plans. Further, the National Office supports both organizations and there are practical realities for discussing some shared operational activities.
It is the aim of both organizations to increase visibility and effectiveness. To that end, a task force was appointed to explore how best to achieve the organizations’ goals and serve patients, families, professionals and the public. It is anticipated that the task force will study the relationship of the two organizations over the summer and any recommendations will be made to the Council and Board at their Interim Meetings in November. We are committed to transparency and if you have any questions, please feel free to email ACPA President Ron Hathaway.