Liberty Fellows earn national recognition

Liberty Fellows Dr. Amy Crockett and Peter Barth recently received national recognition for addressing issues surrounding preterm birth and sourcing a qualified workforce, respectively.

The Aspen Institute and the John P. McNulty Foundation named Crockett a John P. McNulty Prize Laureate for her Liberty Fellowship project in expanding the Centering Pregnancy model of group prenatal care.

Barth, co-founder and CEO of the Iron Yard, one of six fellows in the Aspen Global Leadership Network selected to participate in the Braddock Scholars Program, which is designed to support fellows who are leading innovative organizations.

As an obstetrician and researcher with Greenville Health System, Crockett began offering the Centering Pregnancy model at her practice in 2009. Within two years, outcomes showed reductions in preterm birth, fewer admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit, better attendance at post-partum family planning visits and higher rates of breastfeeding, among other results.

Liberty Fellowship is a statewide initiative that promotes outstanding leadership in South Carolina.

``The work Amy and Peter are doing in their respective fields is chipping away at pervasive issues we face not only in South Carolina, but worldwide,” Luanne Runge, president and CEO of Liberty Fellowship, said. ``Recognition on the global stage that is the Aspen Institute brings opportunities for them to amplify their efforts, and frankly, change more lives.”

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