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).

The late community activist Donnie Chin (top), and Washington Dental Service Foundation, have been named recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health by the International Community Health Services Foundation. The Foundation will present the awards at its annual Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Westin Seattle Hotel.

Donnie Chin and Washington Dental Service Foundation will be honored at 2016 ICHS Foundation Bloom Gala

Beloved International District activist and medic Donnie Chin, who provided emergency medical services for over four decades before his tragic murder last July, will be honored along with the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF), a funder that has provided several large grants to support the expansion of dental services for low-income immigrant populations at International Community Health Services (ICHS).

Chin and WDSF have been named recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health by the ICHS Foundation. The Foundation will present the awards at its annual Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Westin Seattle Hotel.

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Ballots for the April Special Elections were mailed out Wednesday, April 6th. The last day to turn in your ballot is by 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 26th. (Photo credit to King County Elections.)

Vote in the April Special Election

There is a special election this month that may affect some King County residents, depending on where you live. The April Special Election will not apply to everyone in King County because the issues and ballot measures are specific to certain cities, school districts, and other special districts.
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The ICHS In-Person Assister (IPA) team was recognized by The Health Benefits Exchange and Public Health Seattle and King County on April 1 for exceeding the targets for health insurance enrollment. In the picture, from left to right: Michael McKee, Ban-Tam Hoang, Sharissa Tjok, Kathy Bohn, Jiwon Kim, Sam Lam, Eduviges Monteros, Aleksandra Poseukova, Blanca Westrich, Minh Nguyen-Wichman.

ICHS helps more than 6,300 people enroll into affordable health insurance

International Community Health Services (ICHS) enrolled more than 6,300 people into health insurance through the Affordable Care Act during the last open enrollment period, exceeding the targets set by the Health Benefits Exchange and Public Health Seattle and King County.

ICHS In-Person Assisters (IPAs) Kathy Bohn and Sam Lam also were recognized among the top performers in the state for enrolling the most number of people.

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New Clinic Hours

Extended medical clinic hours offered at ICHS clinics

 

Extended medical clinic hours are now being offered at International Community Health Services (ICHS), with more early morning and early evening appointments.

The new hours are now in effect at the medical clinics in International District, Bellevue, and Holly Park. Extended hours at the Shoreline clinic are planned for May. Dental clinic hours, as well as hours for behavioral health, Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture), and pharmacy, remain the same.

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ICHS maps out future with ICHS 2025: A 10-Year Strategic Plan

With the fast-moving changes in the economy, politics, health care, and other areas, ICHS must constantly work to remain a viable, vibrant, and dynamic organization. In 2015, the ICHS board approved ICHS 2025: A 10-Year Strategic Plan, which will guide ICHS in this environment. In this article, Sunshine Monastrial,  ICHS planning, development, and evaluation manager, helps us understand the importance of the 10-Year Strategic Plan.

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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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