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

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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 year’s 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...
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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. "It’s 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, it’s 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 didn’t think it was as common. But what the African researchers are starting to realize is...
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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,...
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ACPA, CPF, and ACPA’s 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 patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals...
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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,...
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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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ACPA’s 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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The Rush Craniofacial Center in Chicago is a multidisciplinary cleft - craniofacial center approved by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Cleft care at Rush was initiated by Dr. John W. Curtin, president of ACPA in 1972. Rush University Medical Center has a long history of providing cleft and craniofacial care and hosted Dr. Paul Tessier during his first visits to the United States to perform craniofacial surgery. Our center has the latest technological advances including in-office cone beam CT scans, 3D photography, and computer surgical planning to assist our team in providing precise and up-to-date craniofacial and orthognathic surgery....
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Early Bird registration for ACPA's Annual Meeting ends tomorrow - register now to take advantage of the great rates. Register for the meeting and reserve your hotel room soon - the room block is filling up fast. ACPA’s 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. View the complete schedule for more information, including session descriptions. Click here and use your ACPA log in information to register. Register for the meeting...
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My name is Glendalee Morales, I am the Medical Assistant/ Medical Receptionist for the Craniofacial Team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. When I saw your email regarding your key note speaker, Rick Guidotti to bring “Positive Exposure” to ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting, I was instantly inspired. I mentioned it to our Team Coordinator, Monique France, and our Orthodontist, Elena-Lee Ritoli, and they mentioned how they’ve always wanted to do something similar for our patients but didn’t have the time. We all came together and created a project called “Beyond The Face: A Tribute to Craniofacial Team Patients at...
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During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit, we say simply but sincerely, Thank You and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017!
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Just wanted to share some fun photos from the Winter Wonderland party in early December. This event is put on by Face-to-Face Colorado and is sponsored by Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate Program. We had a huge turn out and It was magical to see the sheer joy in the kid’s smiles as they took funny pictures, made arts & craft projects, participated in science projects, ate lots of snacks, drank some Honest tea and made huge ice cream sundaes. What was equally gratifying was to watch the parents, grandparents, siblings and anyone else attending smiling and enjoying themselves as much as our beloved “clefties”. ...
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As a care provider, you understand the importance of accurate information and critical connections at the turning points of each individual’s cleft or craniofacial journey. At the Cleft Palate Foundation, we work to: Connect patients to interdisciplinary team care. Provide educational resources. Fund college scholarships and research grants. Support families socially and emotionally. During this season of giving, we are especially grateful for the support we receive from people like you so we can continue this important work. Will you consider supporting cleft and craniofacial resources for patients and families through a generous...
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The meeting for cleft and craniofacial specialists is just around the corner - ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting is March 13-18, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Registration is now open. View the complete schedule for more information, including session descriptions. As you start planning your week, consider the following additional events: Sunday, March 12 A One-Day Listener Training Workshop , Presented by The Americleft Speech Group, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, $100, additional registration is required. Monday, March 13 Pre-Conference Symposium: Pathway to Adulthood: Care at the End of Adolescence...
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Past Visiting Scholar Peter Donkor is Professor and Honorary Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. He serves as Chairman of the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth). Other honorary positions held include President, Ghana Surgical Research Society; Country Representative & Council Member, West African College of Surgeons; President, Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate (PAACLIP). Dr. Donkor is President of Ghana Cleft Foundation , a nonprofit organization, dedicated to cleft lip and palate...
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The night of November 20 was memorable for some very lucky patients seen in our Complex Craniofacial Clinic, their families and clinic staff. The Denver Nuggets kindly donated 40 tickets to our program and we had an evening filled with fun, a great basketball game (the Nuggets won!) and a visit to our group by our beloved mascot Rocky. There was happiness all around and as our plastic surgeon, Dr. Brooke French, noted this event “brought smiles, joy and normal life to these kiddos and their families”. Creating community outside the hospital is beneficial for all involved. We can’t wait to plan another outing!
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