About North Carolina Childrens Hospital


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


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

treat obesity.

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.

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