Coming together to make a difference. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller One of the greatest beneﬁts of being at the helm of Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations (CCPR) is seeing how members, communities, and corporate partners come together to support the needs of the specialty, the patients, and the public. In a time when the practice of medicine is affected by so many external forces, it is awe-inspiring to see how much this specialty and its partners continue to serve the needs of members, patients, and the public. In that same vein, this issue highlights and recognizes many of the collaborations taking place across the country that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the future of dermatology. Of special note is the feature article that delves into the partnership formed by Pﬁzer and the AAD to distribute Pﬁzer Independent Grants for Learning and Change to select state societies. The Academy recognizes the vital importance of state societies and how they effectively drive change and impact the communities they serve. Collaboration between the AAD, corporate partners, and state societies can all make a difference. As you read through these pages, you will learn about the many unique ways that individual members are also making a difference. See how Ronald Harris, MD, is serving communities in Kenya; John Stephens, MD, is discovering ways to support the Shade Structure Program and other AAD initiatives; Harvey Weinberg, MD, is bringing dermatology resources to Vietnam; and James Del Rosso, DO, (“Doctor D”) is using an innovative method to raise money for Camp Discovery. As you see, the high level of engagement from our members is extraordinarily rewarding. Many AAD members are also being recognized by organizations for their valuable work in the specialty. This is a good chance to remind you that Aspire wants to hear about your own awards and community involvement so we can celebrate it with our readers. (For more information and/or to make a submission, send us an email at email@example.com .) In addition, there are now 16 companies who are members of our Corporate Partner Circle, and many more that support AAD programs and services. Thanks to the generosity of AAD members and other individuals, we are now two-thirds of the way to our goal of $1 million in personal gifts from individuals! We are proud to know that the specialty and its supporters exemplify a true sense of dedication, collaboration, and commitment. If you would like to be a part of this, and are not yet a donor, help us move the needle up this year by making a gift that will directly beneﬁt dermatology and the patients that you serve. And take note! Another unique way to collaborate with the AAD is to join us on a hike in Patagonia (yes, Patagonia!) this January for the Academy’s Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™. So far, two special hikes have been organized, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can sign up and help reduce incidences of skin cancer. For more information, turn to page 11. David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD Chair, Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations Nancy Ali Senior Director, Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations SUPPORT AAD The Academy has set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2016, aimed at supporting the AAD’s overall mission, and advancing dermatology’s efforts to spread Healthy Skin. Healthy Lives ® . The Council on Community, Corporate and Philanthropic Relations has been working to raise $6.4 million by the end of the year. Check out the ﬁnal 2016 totals in our next issue. We will also continue to share our ongoing progress with you throughout the year.