Latest Blogs

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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We are excited to share the events that ACPA Approved Teams are holding to spread awareness with the new movie Wonder . ACPA is hosting screening in Durham, NC, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center Craniofacial Disorders Team is holding an event in Hartford, CT.  Read more. We are pleased to share that the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team is holding an event on Saturday, November 18 in Houston, TX .  This is their 3rd Annual Family Social Event, and they are excited to host a Wonder screening at the Edwards Houston Marq'E Cinema. Our mission is to bring cleft awareness to the community and help patients and families cope with their craniofacial ...
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Peace of mind is priceless. ACPA Family Services has spoken to more than 400 families in 2017 who have called 800-24-CLEFT. Many call after finding out their child has a facial difference via an ultrasound or with questions after the birth of their child. We provide information and assist with a variety of needs on the phone, via social media and by email.  “ACPA's patient advocacy is robust and dynamic. I know I can count on your help in finding the right resources.” “A mom requested sample publications for Cleft Awareness Month for activities at church. She said that she uses the ACPA website every day. She wants to bring awareness to what cleft is ...
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ACPA Member Dr. Arun Gosain has been elected President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation .  The Plastic Surgery Foundation and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, named Arun Gosain, MD, president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation. Dr. Gosain will take office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society's annual scientific meeting, in Orlando and will serve for one year.  “It is truly an honor to serve as the president of the Plastic Surgery Foundation,” noted Dr. Gosain. “I look forward to leading this global organization ...
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The release of major motion picture Wonder is an opportunity to educate on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial conditions. The major motion picture, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, is based on R.J. Palacio’s book about a boy with a facial difference.  We are excited to host a screening of Wonder o n Sunday, November 19, at the Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham, NC.  Read more about the ACPA screening on our website. We are also excited to share more about what ACPA Approved Teams are doing to spread awareness.  Connecticut Children's Medical Center Craniofacial Disorders Team is holding an event to celebrate the WONDER of coming ...
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When I went for my bi annual dental cleaning two years ago, I never knew that experience would change my life. X-rays taken during the dental cleaning showed I had an abscess by my front capped tooth. I had no idea-no symptoms. My dentist recommended that I see a colleague right down the street that specializes in oral surgery. I made the appointment and went to see him for a consult. He took more X-rays and confirmed I had an abscess and recommended surgery. But, he was clearly nervous. He kept tapping his foot while telling me how many problems I had going on-infection, bone loss, need for root canal, antibiotics and potential loss of my two front teeth. ...
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Our monthly publications highlight for October supports National Bullying Prevention Month . One key step to preventing bullying is to empower individuals of all ages to recognize their own value and interact confidently with their peers.  Children born with facial differences may encounter challenges as they navigate social interactions and build self-esteem. ACPA Family Services offers the fact sheet, “Preparing Your Child for Social Situations” to offer insights to families about fostering positive social experiences.  Practical tips, such as learning to identify their condition in everyday language and being comfortable with their own history and ...
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2018 has been an incredible year for ACPA, and as we continue to grow, we will continue to provide the same home you have come to expect and enjoy as we evolve our programs to meet our members’ needs. We hope you choose to be part of the community for cleft and craniofacial care in 2018. Current ACPA Members should log-in to the ACPA website to renew their membership for 2018.  Any members who renew by December 31, 2017 will automatically receive a $10 early-bird discount. Healthcare Providers and Interested Individuals can join ACPA for 2018 and will receive a membership for the rest of 2017 at no additional charge.  This special is valid ...
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month , and ACPA is joining the cause. The goal of this month is to "encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages." As an organization dedicated to our cleft and craniofacial community, we recognize how critical putting a stop to bullying is to our vision of creating a world where individuals with facial differences thrive. We encourage families, care providers and friends to take action in their communities to encourage National Bullying Prevention Month activities. Check with local schools ...
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ACPA is dedicated to optimizing outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. Support from ACPA donors helps make this mission a reality. Please consider giving a monthly gift to ACPA – this is a no hassle way to support the professionals, patients and families served by ACPA.  Click here to become a donor, and select "Make My Donation Recur" to become a recurring donor. $25.00/month = Believer $100.00/month = Visionary $208.00/month = Champion  Thank you for your support as we work to create a world, through team care, where individuals ...
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Many of the patients, families and professionals served by ACPA have a personal connection with us. As we prepare to celebrate our 75th Anniversary in 2018, we invite you and your loved ones of all ages to share your story with us through visual art. ACPA is excited to announce an art contest for patients, families and professionals taking place this month. We invite everyone in the cleft and craniofacial community to creatively share their experiences and raise awareness of cleft lip, palate and craniofacial conditions through visual art.  The winning artwork will best showcase the theme: My Cleft Journey   Your submission will help us tell an important ...
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The release of major motion picture “Wonder” is an opportunity to educate on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial conditions. ACPA would like to supply all ACPA Approved Teams with tools and tips for effectively engaging with news media in your local communities. ACPA has created a Media Training Toolkit for ACPA Approved Teams . The kit includes information on maximizing PR opportunities - background, preparation and techniques for engaging the news media. ACPA Members can log-in to the ACPA Online Community to download the toolkit or click here . If you or your team are participating in any "Wonder" related activities, please let ACPA know, and ...
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The ACPA Blog is accessible to ACPA members and the public – it’s a great way to let everyone know about our mission, what we’re up to and to provide information about important topics - and we want to feature your news and announcements. ACPA members are also encouraged to provide ideas for topics and to write blogs. Some ideas for blogs include: Information about cleft and craniofacial topics Information on the importance of team care ACPA-related press releases Information on ACPA benefits Highlights from ACPA members and teams Personal stories from ACPA members – treating patients, why you work in this profession, ...
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Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, an ACPA Member and plastic surgeon, has consulted on a children's book about a child with cleft lip and palate. "Darby Boingg Learns That Every Face Has a Special Smile" highlights the milestones and the support Felicity receives from her family and treatment team. According to author Michelle Bain: "Even though this is about cleft lip and cleft palate issues, the real basis surrounding that issue is empathy and understanding and being unique and kind, the kindness we're trying to impart on the kids when someone is different, because everyone is different," she said. Read an article about a recent reading at an elementary school. ...
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We invite you to attend the meeting for cleft and craniofacial specialists – ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting. As a sponsor or exhibitor, you can showcase your products, speak to professionals about trends, and network with 750-850 professionals – while you maximize exposure, work directly with decision makers, and network and learn with attendees. ACPA is an interdisciplinary association of healthcare professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. ACPA represents more than 2,500 professionals in 30 healthcare disciplines in 60 countries who serve an extremely important role in the treatment of patients. Your participation ...
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This story was shared by ACPA Member Dr. Daisy Masis with the permission of Perla’s parents. Perla, an eight year old girl, was born with cleft lip and palate. Since she was a newborn, her mom looked for help, a place where her baby girl could receive all the care to have a normal development. They began to travel more than 279 kilometers from El Jucar Nueva Segovia to the Burn and Craniofacial Unit (APROQUEN) in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. Her treatment process started after only 14 days after birth, when we provided her first maxillary plate to help her feed and to help start modeling her maxillary bones. She had her lip repair ...
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Two recent studies from The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal have been featured in the news. The journal draws from around the world for its interdisciplinary approach to growth, development, diagnosis, and treatment — the provision of optimal clinical services — in all areas pertaining to craniofacial differences. In addition, it explores and reports on the study and treatment, including experimental and proven surgical procedures, of cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. It also keeps readers in touch with the latest research in related laboratory sciences. Remote Digital Preoperative Assessments for Cleft Lip and Palate May Improve Clinical ...
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ACPA is a community of healthcare providers working to optimize interdisciplinary care and outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions.  As a member of ACPA, providers and interested individuals have opportunities to engage with ACPA and with the community as they strive to create a world, through team care, where individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive. Here are the top 5 ways members can engage with ACPA: Enhance professional development by attending ACPA’s Annual Meeting at reduced member rates. Increase knowledge of current research with a free subscription to The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal ...
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Many families now have their child’s cleft lip and possible cleft palate diagnosed prenatally through ultrasound.  The initial news often comes as a shock to expecting parents and inevitably raises many questions.  Having access to accurate and reliable information at this point is critical. ACPA Family Services offers an informational booklet, “Prenatal Diagnosis of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate” , written for these parents.  It answers basic questions about what a cleft is, how common clefts are, potential causes, and typical treatment.  The booklet also introduces the concept of a treatment team and refers families to Cleftline.org to find their local teams.  ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is excited to hold ACPA’s 75 th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 10-14, 2018.   Pittsburgh was ACPA's first home and is the perfect place to celebrate 75 years of Team Care. Pittsburgh is a vibrant, mid-sized city that has the feel of a small town. Pittsburgh offers a surprising and unexpected experience for visitors, with natural beauty, unique terrain and diverse offerings at every turn.  Take to the streets and explore the city and make time to enjoy the surrounding landscape while you are in town. ACPA’s Annual Meeting will take place at The Westin Convention Center ...
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The release of major motion picture “Wonder” this Thanksgiving presents a rare opportunity to educate new audiences on cleft lip/palate, craniofacial conditions and the care providers like you who are experts in the field. ACPA would like to arm Approved Teams with tools and tips for effectively engaging with news media in your local communities. Please join us for a Media Training Webinar for ACPA Approved Teams at 1:00 PM ET on Friday, September 15 .  The webinar will walk through a PR toolkit  for teams that includes key messages, FAQs, rules for engaging with reporters and tips for interview preparation. Register now.   Log-in information will be ...
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