The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) has a single vision: to ensure every child in Illinois has the opportunity to grow up healthy. Working through grantee partners across the state, the Foundation focuses its grant making on identifying and funding solutions to the barriers that prevent children from accessing the ongoing health care they need.
The Foundation's philosophy is that health care must address the whole child, and that the healthcare system in Illinois must be responsive to the needs of all children. The Foundation is also committed to the concept of a medical/dental home where a child and his/her family can receive high quality and consistent care informed by knowledge of the child and family, has a primary focus on prevention and facilitates a strong relationship between those who comes in contact with a child.
The Foundation's Board of Directors is keenly aware that to make a positive impact in all areas of children's health care in the state of Illinois will take significant resources - time and money. Taking it one step at a time, the Foundation, through a process of research, listening, and planning, has focused its current grant making in two high needs areas in children's health: Improving oral health of Illinois' children and addressing themental healthneeds of children in Illinois.
In 2015, ILCHF completed a year-long strategic planning process which culminated not only in a plan, but an achievable dream aligned with our mission. Our short term goals include increasing access to evidence-based oral and mental healthcare and screenings for children with a focus on integrating care; initiate grantmaking in targeted areas of emerging and/or unmet need in children’s healthcare and to share knowledge and advocate for a holistic, comprehensive approach to children’s health.
Our long term goals were captured as “ILCHF Healthy Children 2025” which states as follows:
To enable every child in Illinois to grow up healthy, ILCHF, in collaboration with committed partners, will work to implement the following components of a comprehensive, holistic system of children’s health care:
Universal access to evidence-based primary, oral, and mental healthcare for children with an emphasis on fully integrated care.
Universal evidence-based screenings for oral and mental health for children.
The alleviation of children’s healthcare disparities.
Life-cycle health & wellness education for all children and caregivers.
Cross-disciplinary education of all healthcare providers.
We know these goals are ambitious, but they are attainable – if we all work together. As the Foundation and its partners continue to act, dream, plan and believe in our pursuit of improving the health and wellbeing of our children, we invite you to experience, inform, and follow our work via this website and our newsletters (subscribe here). Please join us we work together to achieve our vision that every child in Illinois grows up healthy
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