The UNC School of Medicine announced a $50,000 donation to support research that may help determine the best time to inform parents about the value of vaccinating children.
Greg Lindberg, the Chairman and Founder of Eli Global, is providing the necessary resources to advance current knowledge on this critical issue.
“Investing in this important research at UNC School of Medicine is in keeping with Eli Global’s commitment to support initiatives that improve health and well-being across the age spectrum,” said Lindberg.
Every reputable health organization in the world supports childhood vaccines because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates the enormous benefits of vaccines far outweigh the relatively small risks. Consequently, pediatricians typically discuss the benefits of childhood vaccines when a woman is pregnant or shortly after a child is born.
However, research conducted at UNC suggests people may actually develop opinions or reach conclusions on vaccines even before pregnancy. This suggests they may not have all the facts they need when they make a decision.
The gift from Mr. Lindberg will expand this research to a nationwide population. Pediatricians will have a much deeper understanding of how people make their decisions when they need the facts, and if there are other points to consider such as location, age, ethnicity, and so on.
“The decision to vaccinate your children may be the most important health decision a parent can make,” said Dr. Jacob Lohr, Professor of Pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine and leader of the study. “We are learning that timing plays a key role in this decision. So we are particularly grateful to Mr. Lindberg and Eli Global because this gift couldn’t come at a better time.”
About Greg Lindberg: Greg Lindberg is a bootstrap entrepreneur who started a small health insurance compliance and reimbursement newsletter business with $5,000 in 1991 and grew it without any outside equity to $1 million a year in profit by 2001. He and his team then reinvested that cash flow in over 100 acquisitions that have produced a compound annual growth rate of over 35 percent on equity capital. Today Lindberg has beneficial economic interests in over 100 companies with 7,000 employees, $1.75 billion in revenue, and $20 billion in pro forma assets including pending acquisitions. His most important strategy has been long-term thinking with a focus on health care and “first who, then what.” Lindberg has never sold a company and has never taken a dividend from his insurance operations. For more information, visit http://greglindberg.com/
About Eli Global: Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, USA, Eli Global is wholly owned by its founder and employees. It is a federation of independent portfolios comprising more than 100 businesses with more than 7,500 of the brightest minds and determined entrepreneurs around the world. Eli’s portfolios operate in 15 different sectors, including health care, technology, insurance and financial services.
About UNC Children’s: As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children’s upholds a four-tiered mission to “CARE,” aligning clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to deliver world-class family-centered care—always regardless of a family’s ability to pay. UNC Children’s clinical home, N.C. Children’s Hospital, is a major referral center for children with complex conditions and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” on its annual list.