Welcome to International Community Health Services

Photo taken from ICHS Korean Health Fair 2016 by Charles Lee

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).


Filipino American History Month Video

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola was featured on the Filipino American History Month video.

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ICHS reopens clinic at newly remodeled Seattle World School

Last month, ICHS reopened its school-based health center in the newly remodeled TT Minor School on Capitol Hill.

The building, which received a $14 million face-lift thanks to a 2013 capital levy measure approved by voters, now serves as the permanent home for Seattle World School (SWS), which serves 300 immigrant students who speak over 30 different languages.

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ICHS staff prepares for open enrollment season

Open enrollment runs from Nov 1, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017. During that time individuals and families can sign up for a qualified health plan for the WA State Exchange or marketplace.

This is the fourth year ICHS will partner with the state to help enroll patients and clients for various health care plans available through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, also known as “the marketplace.”

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ICHS Featured in KCTV Video

ICHS school-based health center (Seattle World School Teen Health Center) featured in KCTV video. #schoolbasedclinic #supportichs

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News from ICHS

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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