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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 claims no responsibility for the content published by others on its web site. Published content does not imply endorsement of the organization or the content of the meetings.

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Abstracts submitted to ACPA’s Annual Meeting are now available in the online edition of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. Although the meeting has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the abstracts will still be citable in this CPCJ issue. This issue does not require a subscription to the journal. View the abstracts. This year, 623 abstracts were submitted in 10 categories from around the world, and 362 were accepted. For financial conflict of interest disclosure, visit: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1055665620901805 . CPCJ is the official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). ...
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ACPA values collaboration and community support. Although the Annual Meeting has been canceled and social distancing practices have been put in place, there are still many ways to stay connected. View ACPA’s Abstract Book. Abstracts submitted to ACPA’s Annual Meeting are now available in the online edition of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. This issue does not require a subscription to the journal. Everyone who submitted an abstract that was accepted to the 2020 meeting will be invited to submit again for the 2021 meeting. ACPA will begin accepting abstract submissions this summer. Participate in a virtual SIG. ACPA’s Special Interest ...
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ACPA's Annual Meeting scheduled March 31-April 4, 2020 in Portland, OR has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Although many attendees take advantage of the opportunity to earn continuing education at the meeting, there are still ways to earn continuing education right where you are with ACPA Online Learning . ACPA offers educational webinars to cleft and craniofacial care providers worldwide – register to attend a live or on-demand session today! Upcoming webinars include: Interdisciplinary Speech and Orthodontic Cleft Rehabilitation Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 PM EST My Changing Face: Preparing Teens for Orthognathic Surgery Tuesday, ...
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The new issue of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is now available. All ACPA Members receive a free subscription to CPCJ - just log-in to your ACPA account to access the online version.   Not a member and want journal access?  Join now ($240 for 2018 National Active Membership) or purchase an individual subscription ($324 for print and e-access). A Cone-Beam Computed Tomographic Study of Alveolar Bone Morphology in Patients With Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Najmeh Movahhedian, DDS, MSD, Mehrdad Vossoughi, PhD, Mahtab Hajati-Sisakht, DDS Evaluation of Congenital Maxillary Growth Using Computed Tomography in Patients With Bilateral ...
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ACPA Members: How would you like to be more involved in ACPA in 2020? Take ACPA’s biannual engagement survey to select how you want to engage with the ACPA community over the next several months. Volunteer opportunities include reviewing journal articles, assisting with family publications, participating in the ACPA Meeting Mentorship Program, joining a special interest groups, posting on the ACPA Online Community, submitting stories and more. The survey includes the opportunities that are currently available. We will distribute another call for volunteers when additional needs arise. If you have any questions, please email alyssa.kirkman@acpa-cpf.org ...
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ACPA offers information and resources about cleft and craniofacial care for patients and families. Developed by experts in the cleft and craniofacial field, ACPA publications cover a variety of topics including life stages, treatment and care, school age support and more. ACPA’s fact sheet, Information About Surgical Scars , answers common questions such as, “What happens to a scar over time?” The fact sheet provides the following answer: At first, a new scar usually looks red, raised off the skin, and fairly hard to the touch. A scar peaks in color, size and texture after several months (about three months for children.) As it matures, it becomes lighter ...
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The new issue of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is now available. All ACPA Members receive a free subscription to CPCJ - just log-in to your ACPA account to access the online version.   Not a member and want journal access?  Join now ($240 for 2018 National Active Membership) or purchase an individual subscription ($324 for print and e-access). Issue 57.2 Table of Contents Evaluation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Prone Versus Nonprone Body Positioning With Polysomnography in Infants With Robin Sequence Hanna Hong, MD, Choo Phei Wee, MS, Karla Haynes, RN, MPH, CPNP, Mark Urata, MD, DDS, Jeffrey Hammoudeh, MD, DDS, Sally L. ...
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The 14 th International Congress on Cleft Lip and Palate Related Craniofacial Anomalies will be held July 5-9, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Abstract submission for Cleft 2021 is now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, September 4, 2020. Submit an abstract. About Cleft 2021 The Congress will bring together researchers, experts and colleagues from all over the world, presenting, discussing and debating techniques and developments in the field of Cleft care. The 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 ...
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ACPA offers educational webinars to cleft and craniofacial care providers worldwide.  Register  to attend a live or on-demand session today! Upcoming webinars include: Speech Therapy Specific to Children with Cleft Palate in the Birth to 3 Population February 25, 2020 4:00 PM ET Classification and Coding of Cleft Lip and/or Palate February 26, 2020 4:00 PM ET Learning Disabilities and Neuropsychological Testing March 10, 2020 4:00 PM ET Coming Soon: To Admit or Not to Admit-That is the Cleft Lip Question                           Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:00 PM ET Register at least 10 days before the webinar and use code  EARLYBIRD  to ...
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The publishers of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - SAGE Publishing - are hosting an upcoming webinar titled How to Get Published in an Academic Journal.  The session on March 3 will cover what you can do to increase the chance of having a paper accepted. Webinar Date : Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Time : 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET Description : What can I do to increase the chances of having my paper accepted? How long does it take for an article to get published? Who are good contacts to reach out to for more information about my article along the way? How can I play a role in the dissemination of my paper? Our free webinar will guide ...
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The top 10 most downloaded articles published in The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal of 2019 have been announced. View a complete list below. Parameters For Evaluation and Treatment of Patients With Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Differences Speech and Language Therapy Interventions for Children with Cleft Palate: A Systematic Review Classification of Cleft Lip/Palate: Then and Now Development of the Submental Nasal Appearance Scale for the Assessment of Repaired Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip: A Pilot Study Clinician's Primer to ICD-10-CM Coding for Cleft Lip/Palate Care A Quality ...
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This week, we shared Callen’s story on the ACPA Family Services website . Callen was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate just a little more than a month ago–his father was also born with a cleft. Having received excellent care as a child, Callen’s father is confident that he is in good hands with their cleft team. Just like Callen and his family, it is helpful to have resources for every stage of care, especially in the first few years. ACPA’s newly revised factsheet, For the Parent of Newborns with Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate , answers common questions from parents. Parents often ask, “How can we tell relatives and friends about our baby’s cleft?” ...
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Earn continuing education credits with ACPA Online Learning . ACPA offers courses on a variety of topics, including Surgical Procedures, Speech and Audiology, Psychosocial Outcomes, Ethical Issues, Care Coordination and more. Mark your calendar for the following webinars: Speech Therapy Specific to Children with Cleft Palate in the Birth to 3 Population Tuesday, February 25 at 4:00pm EST Methods for phenotypic description, classification, and coding of cleft lip/palate for clinical care, epidemiological surveillance, and research Wednesday, February 26 at 2:00pm EST To Admit or Not to Admit- That is the Cleft Lip Question Tuesday, ...
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Learn more about our new program: Preparing Researchers in Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities from Multicultural Environments (PRIDE). The speech and hearing science program at ASU has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare doctoral students as researchers and future faculty with expertise in early assessment and intervention for children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Students accepted into PRIDE will receive a tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance and funding to attend professional conferences. They will take part in specialized coursework, webinars ...
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The new issue of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is now available. All ACPA Members receive a free subscription to CPCJ - just log-in to your ACPA account to access the online version.   Not a member and want journal access?  Join now ($240 for 2018 National Active Membership) or purchase an individual subscription ($324 for print and e-access). Issue 57.1 Table of Contents Closer to the Truth on National Fistula Prevalence After Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip and Palate Repair? The Cleft Care UK Study Arthur S. Yang, FRACS (Plast.), Bruce M. Richard, MS, FRCS (Plast.), Andrew K. Wills, PhD, Osama Mahmoud, PhD, Jonathan R. ...
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Although this year is almost over, there is still time to support ACPA through a tax-deductible donation.   Patients are at the heart of everything we do at ACPA. We work with both professionals and patients to ensure the best possible outcomes. We provide education, research, support and interdisciplinary team care through more than 2,400 members across 36 healthcare disciplines in 60 countries. The generosity of our donors ensures that we are able to continue to lead the way in providing the highest quality care for all who are affected by, and who care for, people with cleft and craniofacial conditions.    Your support this holiday season will help ACPA ...
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Happy Holidays from ACPA

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One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you for your support throughout the year. From all of us at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!   The ACPA National Office will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and Janu
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ACPA is now accepting applications for  2020 College Scholarships . Scholarships are available for students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions who will be rising freshmen or continuing college students at US-accredited institutions in Fall 2020.   Applications are due February 1, 2020.   Submit an application. To be eligible for an ACPA college scholarship, a student must: Have a diagnosis of cleft lip and/or cleft palate, submucous cleft palate, craniosynostosis, Crouzon syndrome, Goldenhar syndrome, hemifacial microsomia, hemangioma, Jackson-Weiss syndrome, microtia, Moebius syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, 22q11.2 Deletion syndrome (VCFS), ...
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During this season of giving, we invite you to join us to make a difference in the cleft and craniofacial community. By making a charitable contribution, you will provide resources to patients, families and professionals. There are many opportunities for you to give back and support ACPA programs. While preparing for the holidays, we encourage you to make the most of your online giving by shopping through Amazon Smile. When you shop Amazon Smile and select ACPA as the charitable organization of your choice, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to ACPA. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity throughout the holiday season and continue ...
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Paying for a family member’s health treatment can be complicated as health care funding varies from state to state and from one insurance policy to another, constantly changing. ACPA’s newly revised factsheet, Paying for Treatment , explains who pays for cleft and craniofacial care, describes problems that may come up with paying for certain services and how to solve them, and lists service organizations and other resources that can help families pay for care. According to Paying for Treatment , funding for cleft and craniofacial care may come from one source or from a combination of sources, such as: Employer-based or group-based health insurance ...
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