Celebrate National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month with ACPA

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE

National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges here in United States for those born with facial differences. This year, we are collaborating with three other organizations as a direct result of a joint meeting during ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting in Tucson.  A joint press release with Children’s Craniofacial Association, myFace and Smile Train was released on July 9. We continue to hold quarterly conference calls and seek other opportunities to shine a light on what is being done to help those with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

In addition to the joint press release, we have other activities going on this month:

  • Proclamations. Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Chapel Hill Town Council proclaimed July as Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month. ACPA Intern Garrett Bailey accepted the proclamation from Council Member Schaevitz. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also awarded ACPA a proclamation for the month.
  • Radio. BJ 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 18, 4:00-6:00 PM ET.
  • Public Service Announcements:  A 30-second public service announcement was recorded and will be aired all month on local Chapel Hill radio station WCHL.
  • Social Media: ACPA is spreading awareness on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by sharing ACPA Approved Team events, community stories, ACPA Cleft Courage Bear giveaways and more.

We love to hear what you are doing to celebrate awareness month and encourage you to send stories, photos, and video clips for us to share on the ACPA Community Blog and social media.