Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.

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Children’s Mental Health Initiative Symposium

On September 19, 2019, ILCHF hosted a full day symposium focused on integrating mental healthcare into community based settings. PowerPoint presentations from the symposium are available here.

Since 2004

$110 Million Awarded

  • Oral Health 38 million

  • Mental Health 58 million

  • Other 14 million

642 Grants Awarded

  • 222 Oral Health Grants

  • 229 Mental Health Grants

  • 191 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

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announces New Health Equity Grant Program Approximately $4 Million Dollars in Grant Funding to Help Illinois’ Children (Oak Brook, IL) – June 28, 2021 – Today, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) and Delta Dental Foundation of Illinois (DDILF) announce the creation of new health equity grant program to assist organizations working to improve the oral and overall health of children impacted by poverty. Both foundations are contributing approximately $2 million dollars each in order to
(Oak Brook, IL) – June 1, 2021 – Nearly a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic began significantly impairing the mental health of children and those that care for them, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announces two new initiatives to allocate $8.4 million of its 2021 and 2022 COVID-19 Recovery Funds to children’s mental health. The allocation, issued through two geographic-specific RFPs, one focused on 14 specific zip codes in Chicago, and the other focused on 14
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020 Media Contact: DeRondal Bevly Email: derondal@rubyrosestrategies.com  Program Contact: Amy Starin Email: AmyStarin@ilchf.org   Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Invests $4.25 Million in Children’s Mental Health Five Communities to Build Mental Health Systems of Care (Oak Brook, IL) – December 18, 2020 – Building upon two successful cycles of its Children’s Mental Health Initiatives (CMHI 1.0 and CMHI 2.0), the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announces a new round of nearly $4.25 million dollars to five organizations

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Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announces New Health Equity Grant Program

(Oak Brook, IL) – June 28, 2021 – Today, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) and Delta Dental Foundation of Illinois (DDILF) announce the creation of new health equity grant program to assist organizations working to improve the oral and overall health of children impacted by poverty. Both foundations are contributing approximately $2 million dollars each in order to support the new initiative. In total, grant allocations of up to $200,000 will be awarded to each organization and must be used within two years (up to $100,000 per year). Eligible organizations must work in Illinois communities where children may not be able to access quality, comprehensive oral health services as a result of systemic health and social inequities. 
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Recent Publications

Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago

Spring 2020

Commitment. Community. Collaboration. Change. These four Cs were the vision for ILCHF as it pursued the goal of developing models for integrated children’s mental health in the Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago initiative. (Full Report)

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Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0)

December 2018

The Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care, Community by Community (CMHI 1.0) was designed to enable four communities to find local solutions to these critical challenges. (Full Report)

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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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