Thursday, June 24, 2021

#ThankfulThursday: Thank You To All Our #CCAVirtualRetreat2021 Sponsors

Please visit all of our sponsors in the Virtual Exhibit Hall

and thank them for supporting our Virtual Retreat 2021!

Thank you, ConnectMed International! 

ConnectMed (CMI) is a nonprofit that seeks to improve access to sustainable and full-service healthcare for children with craniofacial differences, especially those whose families struggle financially. Given evidence of the strong interconnectedness between the mind and body, CMI focuses on psychological, emotional, and social wellness, as well as physical health.  These factors are critical to treatment, medical outcomes, and long-term health, and ensure that children with differences reach their maximum potential and become their best possible selves.

CMI’s Camp Cosmos Programs are free, recurring, group-based sessions facilitated by a volunteer team of healthcare and/or educational professionals to provide: 

  • a supportive and inclusive environment that allows children with differences to interact with, befriend and inspire others like them;
  • support and resources for psychosocial and emotional health specific to this community, through play, games, art therapy, and group discussions;
  • strategies and therapeutic tools to cope in social situations, manage stress/anxiety, increase resiliency, etc.;
  • speakers living with chronic physical differences of their own to serve as mentors and role models; 
  • and most of all - FUN for the kids in a safe, judgment-free environment.
  • There are three types of Camp Cosmos Programs:  
  • “Day Camps”, which last about 5 hours. In 2021 and the foreseeable future, CMI is transitioning to hybrid “Camp Cosmos Weekends”, with one day of virtual activities and one day of in-person activities somewhere (for now) in San Diego, CA
  • Virtual “Family Meet-Ups”, which last 1.5-2 hours but take place more frequently.  
  • “Horsin’ Around” – an in-person horse therapy camp in Fallbrook, CA launched in 2021 in partnership with Mustard Seed Ranch and led by a therapist specializing in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to address issues of social interaction, self-esteem, self-expression, stress and medical-related trauma.

For more information, please visit

or contact Executive Director Rita Albert at [email protected]

Thank you, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association! 

ACPA works to support the care of individuals affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions. These patients require care from a variety of specialists over time, and ACPA optimizes outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, and interdisciplinary team care. 

Children born with cleft lip, cleft palate or craniofacial conditions may require individualized treatment from infancy into adulthood. That care is best managed when a team of specialists from several healthcare disciplines works with the family to develop and follow a treatment plan. Cleft and craniofacial teams are composed of healthcare providers working together to address a variety of needs throughout a person’s life. For more information, or to find a team in your area, please contact [email protected]

Join ACPA as we create a world where people with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive! 

Thank you, Children's Hospital of San Antonio

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio with its academic partner Baylor College of Medicine is the largest freestanding, academic children’s hospital in South Texas. 

Thank you, UF Health!

Leading treatments, comprehensive care for adults and children with craniofacial conditions 

The University of Florida Health Craniofacial Center 

The University of Florida Health is dedicated to the care of individuals with cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Through our craniofacial center, patients come to one location to access a full range of specialists who closely collaborate to find the best possible solution for each patient. 

The comprehensive care team at the UF Health Craniofacial Center includes health professionals in pediatrics, surgery, neurosurgery, clinical psychology, speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, audiology, nursing, oral and maxillofacial surgery, social work, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.  When additional services are needed, a broader range of UF Health specialist are available in our hospital and outpatient clinics. 

Our team strives to meet all the health care needs of our patients with craniofacial conditions in an easily accessible way. Family members are also part of our team and find comfort in clear communications from caring professionals. 

We are committed to finding solutions for people with craniofacial conditions through treatment, innovative research and education of future generations of physicians and health care professionals. Academic health centers, like UF Health, make discoveries that lead to breakthroughs in patient care and often offer innovative treatments, through clinical trials, not often available in other places.

UF Health in Gainesville, Florida, is home to seven hospitals, including the award-winning UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Visit for more information.

Visit to learn more about our expert care team.


Thank you, myFace

For 70 years, myFace has been dedicated to changing the faces – and transforming the lives – of children and adults with facial differences by providing access to holistic comprehensive care, education, resources and support that pave the way for better outcomes.

•Through support of the myFace Center for Craniofacial Care at NYU Langone Health, myFace ensures that individuals and families have access to state-of-the-art, personalized team care.

•myFace also provides direct services that meet the day-to-day needs of the craniofacial community, including peer led support groups, delivery of craniofacial newborn care kits, complimentary flights and housing for out-of-town families seeking treatment in NYC.

•myFace provides access to education through topic-specific webinars, workshops, online resources and content, and strives to raise critical public awareness about craniofacial differences through programs such as its Wonder Project which helps to educate others on the importance of celebrating uniqueness and always choosing to be kind.

•myFace aims to provide individuals and families with the care, tools and information they need to successfully navigate their journey and let them know they are never alone.


Thank you, also to DePuy Synthes and Orthomerica

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