Healthy People. Stronger Families. Vibrant Communities
ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community.
In the more the four decades since its opening as a small, storefront clinic in Seattle’s International District neighborhood, International Community Health Services (ICHS) has become an integral part of the some of the most populous and vibrant communities in the region. Since its 1973 opening, ICHS has evolved to be the largest Asian Pacific Islander non-profit community health center in Washington state.
Every day, the men and women of ICHS strive to uphold the ICHS mission of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community. We provide primary medical and dental care, as well as primary behavioral health and pharmacy services. Our wide-ranging programs offer vital services in such areas as health education and advocacy, children’s nutrition, chronic disease prevention, breast and cervical health, and improving access to health insurance coverage.
ICHS patients speak close to 50 languages. About 90% are persons of color and about 55% have limited English speaking skills and need interpretation help.
In 2017, ICHS was one of only two health centers in Washington state to be named a National Quality Leader among health centers nationwide by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a National Quality Leader ICHS exceeded national quality benchmarks, including Healthy People 2020 goals, for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal and prenatal care. In addition, ICHS achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers.
In 2017, ICHS received accreditation from the prestigious Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which means ICHS meets or exceeds AAAHC standards for medical care, dental care, behavioral health and pharmacy.