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

Aurora, CO US
October 30, 2023

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 advances in Cleft Care and surgical management in this patient population.
  2. Describe the how craniofacial orthodontics aids in preparing for bone graft surgeries.
  3.  Describe the current use of mindfulness for patients, families and caregivers.
  4. Employ new knowledge on best practices for speech therapy from research to practical care with patients.

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: 
10/30/2023 - 1:00pm MDT
Event ends: 
10/30/2023 - 5:00pm MDT
1:00 p.m.Welcome Greg Allen, MD, FACS, FAAP 
1:10 p.m.Advances in Cleft CarePhuong D. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FAAP
2:00 p.m.Craniofacial Orthodontics/Preparing For Bone Graft SurgeryKristen Lowe, DDS
2:50 p.m.Break 
3:05 p.m. Mindfulness for patients, caregivers & ProfessionalsKaren Frankel, PhD, Sana Hussain, PhD & Erica Gleason, PhD
3:55 p.m.Research to Clinical Practice in Speech TherapyKatelyn J. Kotlarek, PhD, CCC-SLP
4:45 p.m.Wrap-upGreg Allen, MD, FACS, FAAP
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

The conference will be held in the Mt. Yale Conference 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
  • Karen Frankel, PhD, IMH IMH-E® (IV-C)
    Professor | Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
  • Erica Gleason, PhD
    Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
    Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Sana Hussain, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Irving Harris Program in Child Development & Infant Mental Health
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Jamie Idelberg, BS, RDH
    Outreach Coordinator
    Cleft & Craniofacial Program
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Katelyn Joy Kotlarek, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Assistant Professor
    Craniofacial Disorders and Imaging
  • Kristen Lowe, DDS,MS
    Associate Professor, Surgery-Plastic/Reconstructive
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Jenny Maybee, OTR, M.A., CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Phuong Nguyen, MD, FACS
    Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
    Director, Craniofacial Surgery
    Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency
    Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery​​​
  • Matthew Stern, MS
    Manager, Continuing Medical Education
    Children's Hospital Colorado

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


Please login or register to take this course.

Please indicate on the registration page if you would like to attend in-person or virtually, For our virtual learners, a Zoom link will be sent to you the week of the conference.