Forging Pathways for Better Outcomes: Engaging Community For Coordinated Care in Children With Cleft Lip and Palate

November 14, 2022

By attending this conference, you will be provided information on how to evaluate a newborn with cleft lip and/or palate in a hospital setting regarding airway, feeding, and discharge criteria for your most complex cases. We will also share our recommendations on follow-up protocols or the need to transfer your patient to a Children’s Hospital. 

Our presenters will also provide an in-depth overview of the guidelines set forth by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Parameters of Care, identifying efficiencies in clinical care and how to access resources for patients/families.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course are both Internal faculty members and community physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and members of the Orthodontic and Dental Communities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the criteria used to determine if a patient with cleft lip & or palate has obstructive sleep apnea and best practices for their needs.
  2. Describe the surgeries needed and surgical timeline for pediatric patients with cleft lip & palate.
  3. Differentiate the current use of various forms of medical photography in surgical treatment planning for patients with facial differences.
  4. Employ new knowledge on best practices for speech therapy care through the ages for patients with cleft lip and palate.


Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For any questions or concerns, please contact Matthew Stern at
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.30 ASHA
  • 3.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/14/2022 - 1:00pm MST
Event ends: 
11/14/2022 - 5:00pm MST

1:00pm    Welcome and Introductions
     Presenter Dr. Greg Allen

1:10pm    Consequences of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea
     Presenter: Dr. Norman Friedman

2:00pm    Fundamentals of Surgical Care in Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate
     Presenters: Dr. Brooke French

2:50pm Break

3:00pm    Medical Photography - Can't I Just Use My iPhone?
     Presenter: Kristin Royalty

3:50pm    Speech Therapy Care Across the Ages
     Presenter: Ericka Wendorf, MS, CCC-SLP

4:45pm    Closing and Evaluation
     Presenter Dr. Greg Allen

Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

The conference will be held in the Mt. Harvard Room of the Children's Hospital Colorado Conference Center. We will also be streaming this course live, to our virtual audience.

Event Chair:

  • Greg Allen MD, FACS, FAAP
    Associate Professor, Depts of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and Pediatrics
    University of Colorado School of Medicine 
    Medical Co-Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Program
    Children’s Hospital Colorado

Faculty & Planning Committee Members:

  • Maureen Andrews APRN, MSN, CPN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist Cleft and Craniofacial Program
    Clinical Coordinator Cleft and Craniofacial Program
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Dr. Maureen Cunningham
    Department of Pediatrics
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Brooke French, MD, FACS
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Co-Director Craniofacial Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
    Director, Cosmetic Program
  • Jamie Idelberg, BS, RDH
    Outreach Coordinator
    Cleft & Craniofacial Program
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Kristin Royalty
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Matthew Stern, MS
    Manager, Continuing Medical Education
    Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Ericka Wendorf, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech Language Pathologist
    Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs



Medical (CME):
Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is PENDING ASHA credits.

A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion of this course.


Available Credit

  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.30 ASHA
  • 3.50 Attendance


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