20th Anniversary Celebration

In December of 2022, ILCHF achieved 20 years of partnering with organizations across the state of Illinois committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, ILCHF will Educate by hosting the “Innovations in Children’s Healthcare Workforce panel discussion, Activate by awarding 21 grants of $20,000 each to organizations inspiring young people to join children’s behavioral and oral healthcare workforce, & Celebrate by highlighting the impact made thus far through its many partnerships and the leadership of ILCHF’s Board of Directors.


Thursday, September 21st, 2023


Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort
3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523


“Innovations in Children’s Healthcare Workforce Panel”
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
*Virtual Option Available

20th Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:30PM

Session Title: Innovations in Children’s Healthcare Workforce


9:00AM – 12:00PM


Ballroom or Virtual Option


The “Innovations in Children’s Healthcare Workforce” panel discussion features Keynote Speaker Dr. Vidhya Prakash, FACP FIDSA, FAMWA, MD presenting on Innovations to Diversify Healthcare Professions. The “Innovations in Children’s Healthcare Workforce” panel discussion will be facilitated by ILCHF’S Christine Brambila, Senior Program Officer of Children’s Mental Health and the panel topics will include:

  • Youth Mentoring Programs/Emerging Leaders
  • Recruiting New Workforce
  • Advancement of Existing Workforce
  • Retaining the Workforce

In addition, there will be an opportunity for guests to submit questions in advance and day of the event for a Q&A session with the panelists. This session aims to provide relevant healthcare workforce development information, an opportunity to brainstorm ideas with fellow grantees and other stakeholders from across the state of Illinois, and a moment to celebrate all that’s been accomplished through partnering organizations.


Sr. Program Officer,
Mental Health
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Dr. Vidhya Prakash, FACP, FIDSA, FAMWA, MD

Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Population Health & Chief Medical Officer
SIU Medicine (Springfield)

Frankie Fachilla,

Director of Clinical Education
Centerstone’s Research
Institute (CRI)

Dr. Darryl D. Pendleton, DMD

Associate Dean, Executive Director, Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michelle Churchey-Mims

Vice President of Child and Adolescent Policy and Practice
Behavioral Health Workforce Center

Dr. Sodabeh (Sue) Etminan, DMD, MPH

Dental Director
UI Health Mile Square Health Center

Event Title:

20th Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon


12:30PM – 2:30PM




A highlight of this event will be the presentation of the 20th Anniversary Grant awards. ILCHF and the Board of Directors will award 21 grants of $20,000 each (for a total investment of $420,000) to organizations across the state of Illinois committed to inspiring young people to join the children’s behavioral and oral healthcare workforce. In addition, ILCHF will honor the man responsible for the creation of the Foundation, former Illinois Attorney General, Jim Ryan, with the presentation of the inaugural Jim Ryan Legacy grants.

Art Norman, NBC 5 Chicago


Heather Higgins Alderman

President & CEO

Christine Brambila

Sr. Program Officer, Mental Health

Dakota Dukes

Administrative Assistant

Bob Egan

Senior Program Officer, Oral Health

Nedranae Hunt

Grants Manager

Santrice R. Martin, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

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