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 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).

Connie Chin, sister of the late Donnie Chin, along with members of the International District Emergency Center, received the 2016 Bamboo Award on behalf of the late law enforcement advocate at the 2016 Bloom Gala. Photo by Joel Aguiar

Over $187,000 raised at 2016 Bloom Gala for charity care at ICHS

 

More than $187,000 was raised for uncompensated care at the medical and dental clinics of International Community Health Services (ICHS) at the 2016  Bloom Gala, which also honored the late community activist Donnie Chin and Washington Dental Foundation for their service to the community.

The gala, held Sunday, May 21 at Seattle Westin, drew more than 400 people, who helped celebrate the achievements and successes of ICHS, as well as its continuing commitment to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to the community.

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2015 Annual Report Celebrates Accomplishments, Outlines Plans for the Future

 

Outstanding accomplishments and honors in 2015, and ambitious plans for 2016 and beyond, are highlighted in the new 2015 International Community Health Services (ICHS) Annual Report.

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2016 Best Practices Award Hep B

ICHS receives Best Practices award for efforts on Hepatitis B outreach and education

Congratulations to ICHS and other organizations that recently received recognition from the National Task Force on Hepatitis B Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

ICHS received a 2016 Best Practices Award, acknowledging its efforts in providing effective Hepatitis B outreach and education to the communities it serves.

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Liao Foundation grant supports Hepatitis B education and outreach at ICHS on Friday, May 13. Pictured from left in front of the ICHS International District clinic: Lily Liao, Michael McKee, Ron Chew, Ambassador Daniel Liao, Mohammed Abdul-Kadir and Mariko Toyoji.

Liao Foundation grant supports Hepatitis B education and outreach at ICHS

International Community Health Services (ICHS) recently received the second installment of a total grant of $115,000 to support a new program to develop greater awareness of hepatitis B, a virus that afflicts an unusually high percentage of Asians and Pacific Islanders, potentially leading to liver disease and death.

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ICHS Board Member Ted Lew testifies before the King County Council in support of an ordinance improving bus service to areas served by ICHS.

King County Council approves ordinance improving bus service to benefit ICHS patients, other bus riders

 

Great news for ICHS patients and staff who ride the bus!

The King County Council voted 5-0 on Monday, May 16, to approve an ordinance that improves bus service and connections in areas served by ICHS.

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News from ICHS

Jin Xin (right) with her husband, Gui Xunlong, prepare for the arrival of their baby by receiving prenatal care at ICHS

Couple looking forward to arrival of baby with help from ICHS

In a few months, Jin Xin, and her husband, Gui Xunlong, hope to welcome the birth of their baby.

 

In the meantime, Jin, 29, receives prenatal care from the medical staff at International Community Health Services (ICHS), to help make sure that both mother and baby are healthy.

 

“We like it here,” said Jin, who said a friend recommended ICHS because it has Chinese-speaking health care providers who will assist her with her health care needs.

 

“We’ve been happy with the service here,” she said.

 

“We can communicate in English, but it is better to speak to the doctors and nurses in Chinese, because then we fully understand what is being said,” said Gui, 30, who works as a software engineer at Amazon.

 

The couple said they would recommend ICHS to their friends and family, especially those who prefer to communicate with their health care provider in their own language.

 

“I think the biggest advantage for this clinic is the language,” Gui said.

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