Unmet and Emerging Needs

Unmet and Emerging Needs

ILCHF is committed to maintaining state-of-the-art knowledge of the children’s healthcare environment. Staff and Board work together to identify areas upon which it can have targeted and brief impact to find novel solutions to identified problems. The UEN funding mechanism is intended to be targeted, of shorter duration and outside of the areas of children’s mental and oral health. The ILCHF Board of Directors is currently working in the areas of children’s lead poisoning and treatment adherence for children with chronic illnesses.

Lead Poisoning – Exposure to lead negatively impacts a child’s ability to learn and to modulate their emotions and behavior. ILCHF is in conversation with the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding their five part strategic plan to eliminate lead poisoning in children in Illinois.

Chronic Illness Treatment Adherence – Approximately 25% of Illinois’ children suffer from a form of chronic illness. These diseases include asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, sickle cell, HIV and many others. Studies show that children take less than 50% of the treatments prescribed to them. ILCHF is in conversation with partners looking at effective interventions to increase children’s treatment adherence. The goal of treatment adherence is to help children achieve control of their symptoms so that they can lead the most functional life possible.

ILCHF expects to issue grants in the category of Unmet and/or Emerging Needs in calendar year 2018.

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