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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 factsheet, Pierre Robin Sequence, answers common questions such as, “What health issues can be expected?”  The fact sheet provides the following answer: Pierre Robin Sequence varies from child to child. One person may have severe problems related to the jaw, tongue, and palate. Another may experience some, but not all of those issues. Also, it is possible, but uncommon, to have ...
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From now until the end of June, ACPA is offering a discount for webinar collections (priced at $69.99 for members and $89.99 for non-members) and 50% off all registration fees for paid webinars. Junior Investigator webinars, usually sessions held at ACPA’s Annual Meeting, are free for all ACPA members; non-members can purchase the sessions for $24.99. ACPA webinars offer continuing education credits through ACCME and ASHA. See the course descriptions for more information. Available collections include: ACPA Team Care/Care Coordination Collection ACPA Cleft/Craniofacial Surgery Collection ACPA Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Collection ...
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The Commission on Approval of Teams is looking to fill the Public Accreditation Representative position on the Commission for the term July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. This individual does not have to be an ACPA member, but must have expertise in accreditation. If you are interested in filling this position or know of anyone interested, please email Erin at erin.mallis@acpa-cpf.org  by June 1, 2020
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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  ($250 for 2020 National Active Membership) or  purchase an individual subscription  ($324 for print and e-access). Pyriform Costal Cartilage Graft Improves Cleft-Side Alar Asymmetry in Secondary Cleft Rhinoplasty Meredith L. Grogan Moore, BS, Thu-Hoai C. Nguyen, MD, Kristopher M. Day, MD, Adam B. Weinfeld, MD Buccinator Re-Repair (Bs + Re: IVVP): A Combined Procedure to Maximize the Palate Form and Function ...
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Nominations for ACPA’s 2021 Board of Directors are due June 4, 2020 . ACPA’s Active and Life Members are eligible to vote. The ACPA Nominating Committee strives for a balance of disciplines, gender, geography, institutional, racial, ethnic and other demographics. Please keep this in mind, along with the desired board competencies, when considering your nominations. Self-nominations are welcome.  View the desired competencies/qualities .  View the list of 2020 Board Members . Board Responsibilities The Board of Directors is empowered to develop, implement and reevaluate the strategic plan of the Association; formulate organizational policy to foster growth ...
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ACPA’s 78 th Annual Meeting will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC, April 27 – May 1, 2021. ACPA’s Annual Meeting is a general scientific meeting with over 300 presentations. The program includes general and concurrent specialty sessions, poster sessions, panel presentations, and short courses including eye openers, study sessions, and advanced courses. The meeting includes networking opportunities such as discipline forums, special interest groups, and social events. Abstract submissions for ACPA’s 78 th Annual Meeting will open soon. For more information about the meeting, visit the website or email meetings@acpa-cpf.or
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Junior Investigator webinars, usually sessions held at ACPA’s Annual Meeting, are now available through ACPA’s Online Learning. The sessions are free for ACPA members of all types; non-members can purchase the sessions for $24.99. The Junior Investigator session encourages and supports multidisciplinary research by investigators either recently graduated or currently enrolled in a training program. The presentations are evaluated, and two winners are selected to receive a monetary award. Upcoming Junior Investigator webinars include: Session #1: Wednesday June 10th at 2:00 PM ET Session #2, Wednesday June 17th at 3:00 PM ET ACPA is adapting ...
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ACPA offers educational webinars to cleft and craniofacial care providers worldwide. From now until the end of June, ACPA is offering 50% off all registration fees for paid webinars – $24.99 for members and $34.99 for non-members. The discount applies to both upcoming and past webinars.  Upcoming webinars include: My Changing Face: Preparing Teens for Orthognathic Surgery Tuesday, April 21st at 4:00 PM EST ACPA Team Approval Information Session Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00 PM EST Coming Soon: Robin Sequence and Mandibular Distraction                         Tuesday, May 28th at 2:00 PM EST Register to attend a live or on-demand webinar session ...
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Children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and/or other craniofacial conditions may require individualized treatment into adulthood. Their care is best managed when a team of specialists works with the family to develop and follow a treatment plan. ACPA’s publication, Information About Choosing a Cleft Palate or Craniofacial Team , provides helpful information for families about the importance of team care and qualities to look for as they begin their journey. Since a team can be part of a patient’s care for many years, the publication discusses the importance of communication with the team: Your child may require care over a period of years, so you want ...
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ACPA specialists across the country, and around the world, are working hard to meet the needs of their patients while aiding in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many ACPA Approved Teams and members are exploring telehealth options to continue providing care during this time. In response, ACPA compiled a list of resources to help ease the transition from office visits to telehealth. ASHA Website: Telepractice AAFP: Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic ASPS: COVID-19 Telemedicine Resources CMS: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet   AMA: Quick Guide on Telemedicine in Practice AMA: ...
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I am completing my tenure with ACPA and begin as the chief executive officer for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine on April 15. While it was a difficult decision, the position will return me to Chicago and my family there. It has been my distinct honor to serve ACPA. I have grown through the experience and will be forever grateful that you entrusted me to serve the organization. The passion, care and service that you carry through your work transcends the organization and is an inspiration. Because of the remarkable, values-driven members at ACPA – patients receive the care they need, families are supported with valuable information, ...
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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  ($250 for 2020 National Active Membership) or  purchase an individual subscription  ($324 for print and e-access). Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Incidental Findings in Individuals With Cleft Lip and Palate Giancarlo Santos, DDS, Ilana Ickow, DMD, MS, Joici Job, MD, Jack E. Brooker, MD, Lucas A. Dvoracek, MD, Erick Rigby, JD, Nilesh Shah, PhD, Wendy Chen, MD, Barton Branstetter, MD, Lindsay A Schuster, DMD, ...
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ACPA specialists across the country, and around the world, are working hard to meet the needs of their patients while aiding in the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of March, professionals in the community completed a survey to provide insight on how ACPA can help. In response to the survey, ACPA is working to address community needs with the following resources. ACPA Statement During the COVID-19 Pandemic ACPA released a statement on primary cleft lip/palate related surgeries and team care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement will be updated as the situation evolves.   View the statement. Education and Research There are many ways to earn continuing ...
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The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal released two new podcasts featuring articles published in Volume 57, Issue 2 of the journal. Listen to the podcasts. In the podcast published on Monday, March 23, 2020, ACPA Member Pat Chibbaro interviewed Canice E. Crerand about the article, "Adherence to Orthodontic Treatment in Youth With Cleft Lip and/or Palate.” Click here to listen to the podcast. Direct Download: Click here. In the podcast published on Friday, March 27, 2020, ACPA Member Pat Chibarro interviewed Katelyn G. Bennett about the article, "Decision-Making in Cleft-Related Surgery: A Qualitative Analysis of Patients and Caregivers.” Click ...
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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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