GREENVILLE, S.C.—A Greenville Health System program that’s reduced preterm births is one of four programs recognized with an international award that’s given for innovation and excellence by the Aspen Institute and one of its trustees.
“This recognition is possible because of the dedication of CenteringPregnancy staff and families who have participated in our program,” said Crockett, who serves as the program’s medical director. “Addressing preterm birth is important because of the disadvantages it can pose for children throughout their lives, including health problems, challenges learning and limited employment prospects.
CenteringPregnancy is an evidence-based group prenatal program that is decreasing preterm births and reducing racial disparities in health outcomes. The program has also impacted healthcare by influencing insurance and public health agencies to put preventive care first by making it economically sustainable and accessible to patients.
CenteringPregnancy will receive a $10,000 award. The program has reduced preterm births by 47 percent for its participants. It is currently conducting research with Clemson University through a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to further understand how CenteringPregnancy is reducing preterm births.
The other three John P. McNulty Prize Laureates are from India, Panama and South Africa. Their work has created jobs in rural South Africa, empowered women in the Himalayas to take control of their livelihoods and demobilized gangs while shifting community attitudes on criminal justice in Panama City.
Each of the laureates will receive a $10,000 award. One of the laureates will receive the John P. McNulty Prize of $100,000 during a ceremony in New York City in November. A jury, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international statesman Olara Otunnu, and international development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, will select the winner.
“These leaders have realized that the true power of their entrepreneurial and organizational expertise goes beyond advancing their careers, to mobilizing partners and resources across sectors to relentlessly tackle problems and effect positive social change,” said Anne Welsh McNulty, an Aspen Institute trustee and founder of The John P. McNulty Prize in honor of her late husband.
The other ninth annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates:
ISIMANGALISO RURAL ENTERPRISE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
A beautiful and vital UNESCO World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Kwazulu-Natal is also situated in one of the poorest regions of South Africa. Park CEO Andrew Zaloumis founded this program to transform an aid-dependent economy by providing entrepreneurs with training, mentorship and seed capital to start small businesses in and around the historic park to ignite a cycle of job creation and economic growth.
MANDAKINI WOMEN WEAVERS
In the wake of massive floods in 2013, Mukti Datta applied her vast experience improving rural economic situations by replicating the Panchachuli Women Weavers model she pioneered. Mandakini provides women with sustainable livelihoods linked to global markets, the success of which has catalyzed the creation of a new hub for handlooms to scale opportunities for women weavers across India’s Himalayan region.
Working at the individual, group, and community level to address the root causes of gang violence in Panama City, real estate developer KC Hardin is succeeding in demobilizing street gangs and reintegrating members into society through a holistic curriculum of education and entrepreneurship, followed by supporting them in finding alternative, productive sources of income and a sense of dignity in the historic city center.