Welcome to International Community Health Services

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International Community Health Services (ICHS) is a nonprofit community health center that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, and the broader community. ICHS provides primary medical and dental care, health support services, and health education in seven locations.

ICHS has been a vital part of the community since opening in 1973 as a small, storefront health clinic in Seattle’s International District. Today, it is the largest Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community health center in Washington state. ICHS is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). ICHS was presented by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee with the 2015 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services named ICHS the only “National Quality Leader” in Washington state in 2015 for exceeding national quality benchmarks for health care.

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This Health Center is a Health Center Program Grantee under 42 U.S.C.254b, and a deemed Public Health Service Employee under 42 U.S.C.233(g)-(n).

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Federal grant to ICHS allows hiring of additional dental providers

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) will hire two additional dental providers, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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ICHS closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day

 

ICHS will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of our nation’s Independence Day.

Wishing all our patients, friends, and supporters a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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ICHS to hold second annual Lunar New Year 5k in Shoreline on Feb. 26, 2017

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) has announced plans to hold the second annual Lunar New Year 5k in Shoreline on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

The Lunar New Year is traditionally the most significant holiday for many Asian Pacific Islanders, marking the return of Spring and a special time for families to offer wishes for health and prosperity in the coming year. The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017.

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Eagle Scout delivers books, builds bookshelves for ICHS Bellevue clinic

 

Over the course of several months, Jonathan Thaler organized multiple book drives, sorted and cleaned all books, and built bookshelves to house these books at the ICHS Bellevue Medical and Dental Clinic. In total, he gathered over 500 books, which will all be available for patients to take home with them.

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A proposed new vision clinic at International Community Health Services (ICHS) Medical and Dental Clinic in the Chinatown-International District received a $350,000 grant from the City of Seattle.

Proposed ICHS vision clinic receives $350,000 grant from city of Seattle

A proposed new vision clinic at International Community Health Services (ICHS) Medical and Dental Clinic in the Chinatown-International District received a $350,000 grant from the city of Seattle.

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ICHS acupuncturist Ping Wong (left) works with Amelita Cruz to help with pain management.

Acupuncture treatments at ICHS allow Mercer Island resident to manage pain

Amelita Cruz recently came to ICHS for her appointment with licensed acupuncturing Ping Wong feeling worn out.

After her treatment, she felt refreshed and ready to jump back into her busy life.

“If you saw me when I first came in, I looked tired,” the 63-year-old Mercer Island resident said. “Now, I am glowing.”

For a number of years now, Cruz said her regular acupuncture treatments at ICHS has allowed her to manage chronic pains that have plagued her.

“At one point, I could barely walk and I felt tingling all over my body,” said Cruz, who also teaches cosmetology and barbering. “The acupuncture treatment releases the pain and tingling.”

Cruz said she found out about ICHS more than a decade ago, after being referred by ICHS community advocate Sefie Cabiao when they met at the Filipino Community Center in Seattle.

“She told me to come because there are many services and programs, including those for women,” she said. She said she has since referred a number of friends and family members.

“I feel at home here,” she said. “I feel like they really listen to you. They find a way to help you and they are always willing to help you feel better.”

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