Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.

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Since 2004

$75 Million Awarded

  • Oral Health 31 million

  • Mental Health 32 million

  • Other 11 million

438 Grants Awarded

  • 173 Oral Health Grants

  • 153 Mental Health Grants

  • 130 Other Grants

ILCHF is the only private Illinois foundation that funds children’s healthcare statewide.

ILCHF Grants Touch All 102 Illinois Counties

We work collaboratively with organizations to improve community-based systems of care that treat children holistically and focus on prevention, wellness and education. We partner with grantees to increase children’s access to mental and oral health services.

Quite simply we want to ensure that kids get the care they need, when they need it – regardless of where they live or what insurance card, if any, they carry.
Jim Ryan, Former Illinois Attorney General

News

Oak Brook, IL (July 9, 2018) -- Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announced a $2 million grant to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry to build a Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center with two General Anesthesia suites and five procedure rooms. The UIC College of Dentistry has become the largest safety net for underserved children in Illinois, many of whom need dental care under general anesthesia.
Oak Brook, IL (July 9, 2018) -- Building upon its successful Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0), the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is applying lessons learned to help five more Illinois communities develop a coordinated system of care for children and families. The Foundation awarded 13 month $200,000 planning grants to enable mental and physical health providers, schools, parents, youth and other community organizations to develop a plan to improve the health of their children and communities.
Oak Brook, IL (November 2, 2017) The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF), the only funder in Illinois focused on children’s health issues statewide, celebrates its 15th anniversary.  During their recent luncheon, ILCHF awarded $225,000 in grants to fifteen organizations they have worked with over the years to support holistic community-based health systems and increase access to care especially oral and mental healthcare services for children.

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Recent Publications

Oral Health in Illinois

October 2016 This assessment provides a foundation for understanding and strengthening the oral health infra- structure in Illinois. The assessment indicates numerous opportunities to move the system forward. (Full Report)
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Mental Health

2015 An Investment in Our Future examines the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care Community by Community. (Full Report) An Investment in Our Future examines the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care Community by Community. (Executive Summary)
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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Growth

2013-2014 The Chicago Community Oral Health Forum assessed the oral health status and body mass index of 3,800 third grade children throughout Illinois and compared the data to two previous surveys conducted. (Full Report)
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