President’s Letter

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News, President's Letter

ACPA members represent more than 30 disciplines and bring different perspectives, experiences and clinical expertise when treating patients. The benefits of having diverse teams are well documented and researched. We have all experienced moments when being open to a differing perspective led to a better outcome.

As I meet members, I am also struck by the common thread that holds us together as ACPA members: the deep and abiding desire to do what is best for the patients we serve.

Diversity and common purpose: the boards of ACPA and its sister organization, the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) have kept these guiding principles at the forefront as we explored our respective futures. On May 7, 2017, as a result of extensive analysis of alternatives, organizational assessment and due diligence, the leaders of both organizations voted to merge in order to achieve a shared vision of better serving patients and families, CPF’s primary constituents. In today’s healthcare environment, patients and families are advocates in their care decisions and important members of the team. Patient-reported outcomes are being developed. ACPA is striving to have the patient perspective ever-present in all we do.

In the combined organization, we plan to continue the programmatic work that CPF has previously conducted on behalf of patients and families. However, the commitment to ACPA member-professionals will not waver. You will continue to realize these and many other important benefits:

  • Learn from new research by accessing your free subscription to The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal;
  • Connect with colleagues on the ACPA Online Community, a place for members to ask questions, connect, network, share resources and more;
  • Network with and learn from other members through two special interest groups being piloted in 2017 – Care Coordination or 22q11.2 Related Disorders, and expand professional development by attending ACPA’s Annual Meeting.

Consistent with Pennsylvania law and ACPA bylaws, a majority of ACPA voting members must approve the merger. You received a ballot on May 17, and voting closed on May 28. We anticipate that the legal process will be completed by June 30, 2017, the end of our fiscal year. In the meantime, please contact me or Executive Director Wendy-Jo Toyama with questions or comments.

Together ACPA and CPF will be stronger. We anticipate making improvements and expansions to the services and other offerings that CPF provides to all its vital constituencies.

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication.