President’s Letter

ACPAACPA News, President's Letter

ACPA President Patricia A. Beals, DMD, MS

I’m so excited for our community to come together in Portland for ACPA’s 77th Annual Meeting as we continue our conversation about cleft and craniofacial care.

For the first time in ACPA’s history, we are honored to have a Guest Nation at our meeting. ACPA’s Guest Nation of Japan will be represented by the Japanese Cleft Palate Association. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with our Guest Nation as we share knowledge and experience with cleft and craniofacial care together.

John A. Girotto, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACS and the 2020 Program Task Force have been hard at work to create a program that encompasses every facet of our multidisciplinary community. I appreciate all their efforts to create a meeting that promises to be one of the best yet. The meeting begins on Monday, with the Pre-Conference Symposium, “Patient and Family Engagement: The Key to Long-Term Success.” This one-day session will explore the dynamic between patients, families and providers and include discussions of operational issues, the development of clear communication strategies, patient-focused care planning and the development of extra-clinical programming to enhance and strengthen patient-family-team cohesion.

The program also features a keynote presentation by Jake French, “Insights from the Patient’s Perspective,” providing an in-depth look at what influences a patient’s experience with a provider. As a published author and patient, Jake French has firsthand experience and shares his perception on how to keep organizations moving forward when facing challenges. We will gather at our Annual Awards Gala on Friday at 6:30 pm to celebrate our colleagues for their achievements and contributions to cleft and craniofacial care.

There is still time to register for the meeting if you haven’t done so yet.

I look forward to seeing you in Portland!