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).
Patient Story: ‘I am healthy because I have excellent and affordable care’
My name is Molly Lu. I am 63 years old and live with my husband in Seattle, Wash. I am a U.S. citizen but I was born in Vietnam. It is hard to find work so I am retired and my husband only works part time. We are both enrolled in WA Apple Health. We are healthy — with no big problems — but I receive ongoing treatment at International Community Health Services for diabetes. I feel most comfortable talking about my health in my native language, Cantonese. ICHS pro-vides Chinese-speaking staff and providers, who make sure my questions are answered and that I understand how to keep my diabetes under control. I am in regular contact with my pri-mary health care provider and she does a good job looking after me. My condition is being monitored by someone who knows me and my health history. When my provider moved to another ICHS clinic, I switched too, even though it is farther away from my home. I am healthy because I have excellent and affordable care, and regularly see a provider I trust. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my health insurance and I worry about the future. I feel it’s important to speak up for myself and others.
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