Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.

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Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Accomplishments and Lessons Learned:

Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care, Community by Community

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 (December 6, 2018)-- Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) released its final report today from its Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0). CMHI 1.0 was an eight-year, $12 million initiative that awarded grants to four communities to bring together schools, medical, and community health organization to establish a sustainable children’s mental health system of care.
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announces the release of an eight year case study of the Foundation’s Pipeline Project designed to shape and influence the dental workforce in Illinois. The goal of the multi-year project is to increase the number of dentists who provide dental care to children in underserved areas.
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.

Open RFPs

Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT-U) 2019

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is partnering with LearnVentures, LLC and Loyola University, Chicago to bring a promising approach to strengthening teachers’ positive impact on the social-emotional and behavioral learning of young children in their classrooms to Illinois.
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Recent Publications

Mental Health Initiative Project Findings

CMHI 1.0 was an eight-year, $12 million initiative that awarded grants to four communities to bring together schools, medical, and community health organization to establish a sustainable children’s mental health system of care. The report was released today at a day-long conference intended to pass along initiative successes and challenges to stakeholders from across the state, including mental health, medical and school professional. Executive Summary
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Influencing the Dental Workforce in Illinois: A Case Study of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Influencing the Dental Workforce in Illinois: A Case Study of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation ILCHF partnered with Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to implement the Pipeline Project. This Study conducted by researchers at Loyola University at Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning captures key learnings related to dental workforce development strategies.  The eight-year study involved relevant constituents, i.e., students, alumni, faculty, deans, admissions committees and extramural site
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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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