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).

WIC patients ‘fill their plates’ for good nutrition

ICHS’ Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) program joined Nutrition First, Washington state’s WIC association, to support healthy women and children in a Paper Plate campaign.

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ICHS Received Top Enrollment Agency Award

During First Friday Forum on March 3rd, ICHS was presented with an award for being the top enrollment agencies during Open Enrollment for Community Health Centers.

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ICHS ID clinic welcomes Senator Maria Cantwell for health care roundtable

On February 23, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell hosted a 90-minute health care roundtable at ICHS to hear testimony about the impact of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to listen to concerns about looming changes to the health care law.

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ICHS raises $31,000 to support charity care at Lunar New Year 5k in Shoreline

Over 260 individuals braved the snow and the freezing cold to participate in the second annual Lunar New Year 5k in Shoreline on Sunday, February 26, raising over $31,000 to support health care for needy patients at ICHS.

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ICHS Co-presented the Film Painted Nails

On February 25th, ICHS staff and board members had a great time co-presenting the film Painted Nails at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

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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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