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Below is a list of blogs written by ACPA members and the National Office Team.

If you are interested in writing a blog, please email Alyssa Kirkman for more information.

*Disclaimer-The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Cleft Palate Foundation claim no responsibility for the content published by others on their web sites. Published content does not imply endorsement of either the organizations or the content of the meetings.

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The 14th International Congress on Cleft Lip and/or Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 5-9, 2021. On the conference website, Dr. Felicity V. Mehendale, President Elect of the International Confederation, has this letter of invitation: On behalf of my colleagues in Edinburgh and the CFSGBI, I warmly invite you to join us in July 2021, for the 14th International Cleft Congress. Our custom built conference venue, the EICC, is surrounded by a range of hotels, and cafes, in the very heart of Edinburgh a short walk from many famous tourist sites, such as Edinburgh Castle and the Queens Palace at Holyrood. Our ...
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Member News: Farbod

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ACPA Member Frank Farbod was featured in a news release: Medical Director of UP Health SystemMarquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic named . Dr. Frank Farbod of the Facial Surgery Institute of Marquette will serve as the Medical Director of the UP Health System Marquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic. Dr. Farbod said, Im very honored to lead the clinic. It is genuinely a privilege to provide these services right here in Marquette and continue to build upon Dr. Geisslers remarkable efforts. Its important to realize that a series of complex surgeries are involved in cleft lip and palate repair and that continuing and improving this ...
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#CPFImpact2017

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This week we have had the opportunity to spend time with professionals at ACPA's Annual Meeting. There have been many great sessions that speak to patient care, and tonight's presentation will be from Rick Guidotti who spends his time magnifying the humanity and beauty of individuals with facial difference. CPF relates to his passion for this community, and we are proud to celebrate his work with the CPF Leadership Award at today's Awards Luncheon. During the Meeting, we have been talking about how CPF serves individuals and families throughout the country, including many of patients of the meeting attendees, through excellent educational materials, connections ...
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Posting Your News

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We want to post news about you and your team! The ACPA Blog is accessible to ACPA members and the public its a great way to let everyone know about our mission, what were up to and to provide information about important topics - and we want to feature your news and announcements. Here are some of the recent member and team blogs we've posted: Member News: Mackay And Samson Team News: Families Celebrate Progress Outside Hospital Walls Member News: Hopper And Kuehn Member News: Ghali, Hobar, And Costello Team Spotlight: Rush Craniofacial Center In Chicago We invite you to participate by emailing your news, blogs or story ideas ...
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In January, Duke launched its CleftKit project a prospective data-collection system for cleft research and quality improvement. The project is led by pediatric plastic surgeon Alexander C. Allori, MD, MPH, a former member of the ACPA Data Standard Committee. CleftKit is built on the foundation of the Standard Set of Outcome Measures for Cleft Lip/Palate (CL/P) that was developed by an international and multidisciplinary working group under the auspices of the International Consortium of Health Outcome Measures (ICHOM). The Standard Set was inspired by and modeled after the pioneering work of many clinicians and researchers who have contributed to the body ...
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ACPA members Dr. Donald Mackay and Dr. Thomas Samson of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic were recently highlighted in the Harrisburg Magazine article "Changing the Faces of Poverty, One Surgery at a Time". Excerpts from the article on Mckay: Mackay, currently the chief medical officer for Operation Smile, has been involved for years and has performed surgeries in several countries. His activity as a volunteer includes helping establish centers in places like India, the Dominican Republic, the Congo and Uruguay. A well-respected plastic surgeon, Mackay has tremendous experience helping patients with ...
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The meeting for cleft and craniofacial professionals is less than two weeks away - ACPAs 74th Annual Meeting is March 13-18, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The registration desk and online registration will be open starting at 4:00 PM local time on Sunday, March 12 in the Broadmoor Hall Foyer. If you need to make any changes to your registration, credit card and check payments will be accepted. Suggested attire for the meeting is business casual and cocktail dress is recommended for the Thursday night Gala. Please reference The Broadmoor dress code if you are planning to enjoy one of their restaurants. This years event will focus ...
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Andrew Bradley is our miracle. We may describe Andrews birth as a whirlwind. It was miraculous. We celebrated and were so thankful for our healthy, thriving, full term baby boy. He was finally here! However, we were also faced with the fears and jitters of our son being born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate that was not diagnosed prior to birth. We could have never expected that the bottles we so meticulously selected for him and the binkies we carefully packed in the hospital prep bag would never ever be used. We spent the first twenty four hours of his life in our local small town hospital worrying because he would not appropriately ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) will recognize two members at the 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon, March 16, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Katherine Vig, BDS, MS, D.Orth, FDS (RCS) will be awarded the ACPA Honors of the Association Award. The honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to an individual whose lifetime of research, health care delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Vigs vast research and clinical career, ...
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Discussion Forums at ACPA's 74th Annual Meeting give attendees a chance to connect over similar interests. The forums offer a time for networking and collaboration while also providing an opportunity to solicit advice or share ideas. The Discipline and SIG Forums are 3:00-4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 15, and the Ethics Roundtable is 12:30-1:30 on March 15. All registered attendees are invited to participate in the forums of their choice. This years sessions will be more structured and agendas will be shared in advance of the meeting. This is your chance to contribute. The discussion forum chairs are collecting topics and ideas that will help shape ...
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Richard Hopper, MD, MS Dr. Hopper was quoted in a recent article and interview on the NBC news affiliate in Seattle, WA. "Its an image that most people are familiar with, but not one we tend to look at for too long: a child with a cleft palate. In most of the world, its a physical defect that is repaired in the first few years of life. But in Africa, access to surgical care is not commonplace. The chance of having a cleft palate in Africa is roughly the same as having a cleft palate in North America," said Hopper. "Originally we didnt think it was as common. But what the African researchers are starting to realize is that there are probably are a ...
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Check out our newly-revised fact sheet "Information about Surgical Scars". Download, print, and share! http://bit.ly/2kk5JCA This and other informational booklets and factsheets are available for free download here on our website: http://bit.ly/2jvYSlB Special thanks to the individuals and families from our # cleftcommunity who provided feedback during this revision process. If you or someone in your family is affected by a cleft or craniofacial condition and you'd like to vol unteer as a reviewer for future publications, please email us at info@cleftline.org
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One of the ACPA/CPF Approved Teams was recently featured in an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The article, "Families celebrate progress outside hospital walls", profiled the annual picnic hosted by the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. For 6-year-old Sabrina Trautman, the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital picnic was a welcome break from appointments and procedures. The bubbly blond jumped into the bounce house and then made a beeline for the snow cone station. "She knows these doctors are her friends," said her mother, Shannon, referring to the hospital's Cleft and Craniofacial Center. Sabrina ...
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Check out our newly-revised factsheet "To a Teacher of a Child with Cleft". This is a great resource to give your school-aged child's teacher. Download, print, and share! http://bit.ly/2jvVneU This and other informational booklets and factsheets are available for free download here on our website: http://bit.ly/2jvYSlB Special thanks to the individuals and families from our # cleftcommunity who provided feedback during this revision process. If you or someone in your family is affected by a cleft or craniofacial condition and you'd like to volunteer as a reviewer for future publications, please email us at info@cleftline.org
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Dr. Craig Hobar, Dr. G.E. Ghali, and Dr. Bernard J. Costello have all been featured in recent articles. US surgeons remove rare facial tumor from Brazilian girl Little Melyssa's journey to the United States began when Dr. Celso Palmieri Jr. read a post on a Brazilian news site while reviewing publications from his home country. The child's family was seeking help to get their daughter to the United States for treatment. "As I was reading more about her story, I realized our department could probably help her, and particularly Dr. Ghali and his department. I've seen him helping people so many times, so I took a screenshot of the child, and ...
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ACPA, CPF, and ACPAs Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) have announced that 49 Cleft Palate and/or Craniofacial teams were either approved or reapproved in 2016. There are now a total of 176 approved teams in the US and Canada that have been recognized for meeting the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams. The ACPA/CPF Team Approval process ensures that cleft and craniofacial care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner, follows the proper sequence, and takes place within the framework of the patients overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals who ...
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ACPA is piloting two special interest groups (SIGs) in 2017, and all ACPA members are invited to participate. The Care Coordination SIG will work to optimize the coordination of care for individuals with cleft and craniofacial conditions by enhancing educational and networking opportunities for nurses, team coordinators, and other ACPA members interested in care coordination. The SIG is being chaired by Iris Sageser and co-chaired by Jo Artz. The 22q11.2 Related Disorders SIG will optimize interdisciplinary care and quality of life of individuals with 22q11.2 related disorders by enhancing networking and educational opportunities for clinicians, researchers ...
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We challenge you to take an active role in making ACPA stronger by helping new members get engaged! You are invited to be an ACPA Annual Meeting Mentor for a new ACPA member or first time attendee at ACPA's 74th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs. As a mentor, you will introduce the attendee to other members and help them feel welcome at the meeting. To participate, you must be able to attend the New Member/First Time Attendee Orientation at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14, followed by the Welcoming Reception. Take this short survey to let us know how you want to volunteer as a mentor or with another ACPA program: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3265753/Member-Engagement-January-2017 ...
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Reach high-quality candidates through the ACPA Career Center and our alliance with the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN). The NHCN links job boards of leading healthcare associations the preferred resource for healthcare talent and reaches over 2.5 million healthcare professionals. ACPA members pay just $250 to post a job to the ACPA network. If you would like to post a job to the NHCN, the price is $250-550 depending on the discipline of the job opening. Job postings in the NHCN Network are not included. View job posting rates. For more information, visit http://careers.acpa-cpf.org or email Alyssa Kirkman
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ACPAs 74th Annual Meeting is March 13-18, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Register now. While in Colorado Springs , attendees will focus on Changing Perspectives while exploring advances in research, clinical and team-driven care of patients. Attendees will learn from colleagues across multiple disciplines and discuss new and old ideas with those experienced in the field. ACPA's Annual Meeting is intended for health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions and all who are interested in cleft care and improving patient care and outcomes. Educational Objectives: Each learner ...
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