The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association will Convene in Tucson to Share and Discuss Timely Research at the 76th Annual Meeting

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 Foremost expert Dr. Adil Haider to present keynote address on uncovering and eradicating racial disparities in health care organizations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / April 2, 2019 – More than 800 cleft and craniofacial care professionals will gather in Tucson, Arizona, April 9-13 for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s (ACPA) 76th Annual Meeting. The meeting gives attendees the opportunity to learn from experts across a wide range of disciplines, explore developments in research and network with like minded colleagues at discipline forums and social events.

The health care providers in attendance will have access to more than 300 presentations representing 24 specialties from platform presentations and study sessions to panel sand advanced courses. The highlight of the event is sure to be the keynote address from Adil Haider, MD, MPH, active trauma and acute care surgeon and prolific researcher. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research. His presentation will focus on his research projects that describe and explain how to eradicate unequal outcomes based on gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status.

The additional medical, speech and nursing educational opportunities will include relevant topics such as diversity and inclusion, multidisciplinary rehabilitation and virtual reality technology. Some of the most anticipated presentations take place during General Session 1 on April 10, including:

  • “Crowdspeeching: Crowdsourcing as a Valid and Reliable Method for the Evaluation of Speech Outcomes in Children with Cleft Palate and Cleft Related Speech Disorders”
  • “Assessment of Patient-Oriented Online Resources Provided by American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Approved Teams”
  • “The Diagnostic Odyssey for Medically Complex Children with Cleft Lip and Palate”
  • “Risk Factors for Repeat Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis: A 14-Year, Single-Institution Experience”
  • “Assessing Adherence to ACPA Audiologic Parameters of Care: A Quality Improvement Initiative”
  • “Developing an Online Short Course in Early Cleft Care”
  • “Suicide Screening in Craniofacial Teams”
  • “Are Language Scores an Early Predictor of Cognitive Decline/Psychotic Disorders in Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome?”
  • “Racial Disparities in Cleft Palate Repair”

“The technologies developed and discoveries made in cleft and craniofacial care are truly significant each and every year,” said Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, FACS, ACPA President. “ACPA’s Annual Meeting provides an exciting opportunity for our members to come together to discuss and celebrate those strides forward.”

ACPA will also use the 76th Annual Meeting to kick-off its Thrive Campaign, a mission-based fundraising drive in support of the association’s programs.

To learn more about the association and the Annual Meeting agenda, please visit

About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit