Welcome to International Community Health Services

ICHS photo by Steve Shelton

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).

Ruth Woo

ICHS honors life of beloved mentor and advocate, Ruth Woo

 

Ruth Woo, beloved mentor to many elected officials and passionate advocate for Asian Pacific American community causes, passed away on July 13 in Seattle at the age of 89. Woo was a close friend of International Community Health Services (ICHS), supporting the annual ICHS Bloom Gala with financial contributions and wielding her considerable influence behind the scenes to push for state funding  to support health services for immigrants and refugees.

 

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ICHS has welcomed two new dentists as part of the second year of the New York University Lutheran Medical Center Dental Medicine Advanced Education in General Dentistry (NYULMC AEGD) residency program. In the photo (clockwise, from top left): Dr. Jason Gov, Dr. John Logsdon, and Dr. Ji Choi, ICHS dental director.

ICHS welcomes two new dentists in second year of dental residency program

 

Following a successful year of a new dental residency program, International Community Health Services (ICHS) recently welcomed two new dentists who will take part in the program’s second year.

Drs. Jason Gov and John Logsdon are now seeing patients as they rotate assignments between the ICHS Shoreline and Bellevue dental clinics. They came to ICHS through a partnership with the New York University Lutheran Medical Center Dental Medicine Advanced Education in General Dentistry (NYULMC AEGD) residency program.

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Shoreline Exterior

ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic certified as a LEED Gold “green building”

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic has been certified as a LEED Gold building in recognition of environmentally friendly features and initiatives that make it a “green building.”

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold buildings must meet high benchmarks demonstrating that their design, construction, and features benefit the environment. The program is administered by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council.

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ICHS Family Medicine Residents

ICHS kicks off new family medicine residency program by welcoming two new family physicians

Two new family doctors are now seeing patients at International Community Health Services (ICHS) after being matched through a new partnership with Swedish Family Medicine Residency/Cherry Hill.

The residents, Drs. Lisa Chan and Tiffany Ho, are onboard as part of the ICHS-Swedish partnership. This is the first year that ICHS hosts family medicine residents as one of the recent additions to the clinic sites of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency/Cherry Hill program.

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Photo by Steve Shelton

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 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 acupuncturist 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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