More than 1,000 people turned out in Olympia on Thursday for Asian Pacific American Legislative Day to rally and bring issues near and dear to the community before Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators.
The rally, organized by the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, was joined by representatives of Asian Pacific islander community groups and their clients, including many seniors, students, and disabled residents. Among the groups represented at the event were International Community Health Services (ICHS), Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), and Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC).
Among the issues presented by the community groups to lawmakers were calls for more support for health care, including a capital request from ICHS Foundation Director Ron Chew to support the new Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic; more support for K-12 and higher education; increased environmental protection; and increased support for case management and senior housing.
Preceding his appearance at the rally, Gov. Inslee met with representatives of the community groups, where he highlighted the budget and revenue challenges confronting the legislature. He urged them to work with their state lawmakers to support issues that are important for the API community.
Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health WIC, and health education services. ICHS’ four full-service medical and dental clinics — located in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods; and in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline — serve over 20,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com