Welcome to International Community Health Services

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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).

Keep our community’s health within reach | Rana Amini

ICHS health advocacy manager, Rana Amini wrote a guest column in the Redmond Reporter.

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Nominations for 2017 Bamboo Award for Health

Nominations are now being accepted by International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the ICHS Foundation for the 2017 Bamboo Award for Health to recognize the outstanding work of people and organizations in supporting ICHS and its mission.

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ARNP Residency Program Grows in National Recognition

Three years ago, ICHS launched its Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Residency Program, a program designed to prepare newly licensed and certified nurse practitioners for careers as primary care providers in a community health setting. After rigorous review, the program received accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium, making it the first accredited program in the Washington State and the second in the nation.

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New ICHS Shoreline pharmacy opens this February

This month, a brand-new pharmacy officially opens at the ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic.

“The addition of the new pharmacy will provide patients with a one-stop shop for their health care needs,” says ICHS pharmacy manager Jon Sonoda.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Did you know? January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

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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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