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).

Better Breast Health with $63K Komen Community Grant

Breast cancer screening is essential to wellness for all women, but not all women have equal access to the proper information and care. International Community Health Services (ICHS) was recently awarded a $63,000 community grant from Susan G. Komen Puget Sound to promote breast health education and reduce health disparities throughout King County.

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ICHS champions state-wide hepatitis B education with support from Liao Foundation and Gov. Jay Inslee

“The Liao Foundation’s generous support and Gov. Inslee’s proclamation bolster our efforts to raise hepatitis B awareness among communities affected by chronic hepatitis B,” said Mohammed Abul-Kadir, coordinator of the Hepatitis Coalition of Washington for ICHS.

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ICHS Bloom Gala raises $218,000 to support health care for all

On May 6, nearly 400 supporters showed up to ‘Raise the Paddle’ and give health care to those who need it most. The ICHS Foundation raised more than $218,000 at its annual Bloom Gala at the downtown Seattle Sheraton to support uncompensated patient care delivered within ICHS clinics.

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Immunize Washington honors ICHS clinics

International Community Health Service’ (ICHS) young patients can rely on getting a boost on lifelong wellness with a health care team that’s committed to keeping them up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Recently, these efforts were honored by the Washington State Department of Health.

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Take action for Hepatitis Awareness Month: Be aware. Stop silence. Get tested.

The month of May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and ICHS has an important message, especially if you are part of the Asian American and immigrant communities: Take action.

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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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