Our Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.
Our Mission:Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation is committed to cultivating, supporting, and promoting initiatives that improve the health and wellness of children in Illinois.
ILCHF was created in December 2002 through an action of then Attorney General Jim Ryan and an Illinois insurance carrier. This action and a settlement of approximately $125 million established Illinois' only private foundation focused solely on the health needs of children across the state.
The Foundation awarded its first grants in December of 2004. Approximately $5.9 million funded 32 programs from throughout the state designed to improve access to pediatric health care; screen children for developmental delays; enhance the quality and accessibility of children's mental health services; and, improve the oral health of Illinois children. In 2005 and 2006, giving focused primarily on strengthening the safety net system that delivers health care throughout Illinois to mostly under served populations.
ILCHF announced its first significant initiative in its grant making efforts to more directly target oral health improvement. The Foundation committed to invest in efforts related to three overall oral health strategies: Building the capacity of the safety-net system, increasing the number of oral health professionals caring for under served children and creating a greater awareness of the role oral health plays in the overall health of a child. To date ILCHF has invested more than $37 million to support its oral health stategies.
In 2009, ILCHF launched its Children's Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care, Community by Community. Four communities throughout the state of Illinois representing varying models and structures to build systems of care for children continue to provide community-based integrated mental health services for children. .Healthy Minds. Healthy Children. Healthy Chicago. (H3) was funded in 2013. ILCHF continued its investment in integrated mental health/primary health services with this new initiative located at two FQHC's, UIC's Mile Square Clinic and Erie Family West Town Health Center. The 2016 Children's Mental Health Access/Expansion Grants represent almost $4 million in two-yeaer grants to 15 organizations across the state who are working to expand children's mental health services.
The Innovation & Collaboration Tour is a state-wide initiative involving six "tour-stops" across the state which provides an opportrunity for ILCHF to learn from communities about their needs for children's healthcare. The ICT also provided a funding opportunit. The ILCHF Board committed upt to $500,000 in funding to each of the six designated regions for grants of up to $100,000. The first three stops on the tour were funded in 2015. The last three stops of the ICT were conducted in September 2016. Applications for those regions were due December 2, 2016 and funding will be announce in May 2017.
Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation 1200 Jorie Boulevard, Suite 301 Oak Brook, IL 60523 (p) 630.571.2555 (f) 630.571.2566