The Honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) can bestow. It is granted to an individual whose lifetime of research, health care delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral, or social challenges related to cleft and craniofacial conditions. This distinguished award was presented to Betty Jane Philips at the 59th annual meeting of the ACPA.
For 50 years Philips has focused her efforts on improving patient care. She is credited with the development and implementation of the “Parameters of Care” document that is considered among the most significant achievements of the association. It is recognized throughout the world as the “Constitution” of craniofacial care. Subsequently she led the initiative that resulted in a treatment outcomes assessment system with a registry of more than 40 teams and 10,000 patients.
Philips is a research professor in the department of dental ecology and focuses her efforts on the national craniofacial outcomes registry.