N.C. Children's Hospital protects the health and well-being of North Carolina's 2.1 million
children by aligning premier health care practitioners, world-class medical education, and
innovative, interdisciplinary research to provide the highest-quality, family-centered care,
regardless of a family's ability to pay. As a major referral center for children with complex and
chronic conditions, N.C. Children's Hospital works hand-in-hand with community hospitals and
pediatricians across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100
counties each year.
N.C. Children's Hospital offers complete pediatric inpatient and outpatient care in its 150-bed
state-of-the-art facility at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and at more than 25 satellite outpatient
clinics throughout North Carolina. The Children's Hospital's world-class physicians, nurses and
other clinical staff represent all pediatric subspecialties and are capable of treating children with
virtually any disease or disorder. For more information, visit ncchildrenshospital.org.
ABOUT THE PHIL FORD FOUNDATION
The Phil Ford Foundation was established to support the research of obesity prevention and
care through the University of North Carolina Department of Pediatrics and N.C. Children's
Hospital at UNC. The goal of the Foundation is to establish a Center for Obesity Research and
Prevention at UNC that will impact change and bring about long-term results in the field of
obesity prevention in children and adolescents.
Led by Dr. Eliana Perrin, UNC's work focuses on social and other factors that impact a family's
ability to help their children maintain healthy lifestyles. Dr. Perrin and her team manage several
projects currently looking at the social factors throughout North Carolina that create these
challenges. She is interested in what can be done at the “bedside and the curbside” to prevent and
The Foundation aims to raise money that will provide a professorship, endowment funds, and
space to strengthen and secure a long-term focus on obesity in North Carolina and the United
The Phil Ford Foundation Mission Statement
To enhance the health and quality of life for our nation's children and the adults they will become
through an awareness of the socio economic drivers of childhood obesity, combined with
rigorous, cutting edge clinical research for its prevention and treatment.