ACPA is Spreading Awareness this July

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Amelia F. Drake, MD

July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month, and we are excited to once again work with the local community, ACPA Members, ACPA Approved Teams and families throughout the country to spread awareness.   I encourage you to get involved if you have not already.  Here is a list of ideas I shared with you last month.

In addition to sharing patient stories on social media and the ACPA blog, here are some ways the ACPA National Office is spreading awareness this month:

  • Proclamations. Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Chapel Hill Town Council proclaimed July as Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month. ACPA Executive Director Wendy-Jo Toyama accepted the proclamation from Council Member Nancy Oates. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also awarded ACPA a proclamation for the month.
  • YMCA Curriculum. Cleft lip and palate will now be featured in the curriculum for the YMCA of the Triangle for both the summer and upcoming school year. As students discuss compassion, they will talk about “being kind when someone looks different.”
  • Dr. Radio. Wendy and I will be guests on Dr. Radio with host Pat Chibbaro, member of the ACPA Board of Directors. We will be discussing awareness month on July 5, 4:00-6:00 PM ET.
  • Story Time:  We’re All Wonders by RJ Palacio and Jack’s New Smile by ACPA Member Ruth Trivelpiece.
    • ACPA Vice President-Elect Lynn Fox will be leading a special story time at the Chapel Hill Public Library on July 7 at 11:00 AM in Meeting Room A. All are welcome to join.
    • Join Wendy for a memorable story time at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill on July 24 at 11:00 AM.  Included with museum admission.

We would love to hear about all the ways you are spreading awareness this month. Please share your awareness month stories and activities with us.