Welcome to International Community Health Services
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 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) and, in 2014, was the only community health center in Western Washington named by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a “National Quality Leader” for exceeding national quality benchmarks for health care.
Patients served at community health centers have better access to services and improved health outcomes, a report released by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) has found.
The improved outcomes occurred despite many patients experiencing social barriers and more complex health needs, underscoring the role health centers play in delivering care to vulnerable populations, including medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs), the report’s authors said.
The report stated that despite facing multiple risk factors — 93 percent of AA&NHOPI patients served at health centers live in poverty, and one-third are limited English proficient — patients who received care at AA&NHOPI-serving community health centers had better health outcomes, including improved hypertension control and diabetes management.
Gov. Jay Inslee has named International Community Health Services (ICHS) winner of the 2015 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care.
The annual award, which was established by the state legislature in 1994, identifies and honors health care providers and facilities in Washington state who exhibit exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health services. The award is named after Warren Featherstone Reid, former aide to then-U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson and former Washington state Board of Health chairman, whose special interest was health policy.
“From its beginning in 1973 as a small, storefront clinic in Seattle’s International District to today, ICHS has worked to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to Asian Pacific Islanders. Your mission has become a reality, with ICHS offering a variety of services – medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy – to more than 20,000 patients speaking close to 50 languages. This access to care for an underserved population in our state exemplifies the very spirit of this award,” Gov. Inslee wrote in a letter announcing the award for ICHS.
Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Compared to other common cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer, liver cancer has one of the worst 5 year survival rates. Although there are many causes of liver cancer, chronic Hepatitis B, a disease that is common in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities and African immigrant and refugee communities, is considered among the top risk factors. In the US, there are up to 1.4 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and nearly 50% of them are believed to be Asian or Pacific Islander. Worldwide, approximately 240 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B, and the majority of these people are from Asia or Africa.
The time is finally here. You should have received your ballot in the mail by October 20th, which means that now you can vote! Remember, the last day to turn in your ballot is by 8 p.m. on November 3rd by mail or to an official ballot drop box (ballot drop boxes do not require a stamp!).
There are a few ways to become an informed and educated voter. Information about each race you can vote for can be found in the voter pamphlet that came in the mail with your ballot
International Community Health Services (ICHS) has launched a newly redesigned www.ichs.com that focuses on empowering patients by providing more “patient-centric” content and features.
The redesigned website was unveiled today, Oct. 20.
“We are very excited for the launch of the new www.ichs.com because we are confident that our patients, friends, supporters, as well as anyone who would like to get to know ICHS better, will like what they see,” ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola said. “We listened to what they said they want from their website, and we followed through.”
Immigrant mom grateful to ICHS for providing health care for her family
Shortly after she and her family moved to Seattle from Guandong, China in 2010, Huan Ping Zhao was immediately told by family members that she needed to get health insurance because health care “can get very expensive in America.”
She had no idea what that meant, until she saw a medical bill for her parents for a previous hospital visit.
“It’s true what they said about medicine in America,” she said. “I could hardly believe the amount they were being asked to pay.”
Fortunately for Zhao, family members also knew about International Community Health Services (ICHS). She went over and received not only help to get low-cost health insurance, but also health care for her family.
Zhao, who is mostly a stay-at-home mom, but also works on-call washing dishes at a downtown Seattle restaurant, frequently takes her three young boys to ICHS International District Clinic for check-ups and other services, including nutritional services from the ICHS WIC program.
“I like it very much here because there is always an interpreter and the staff has been very helpful,” she said.