Over $30,000 raised at Lunar New Year 5K

Thank you everyone for attending the 3rd Annual Lunar New Year 5K Walk & Run on the Shoreline Interurban Trail hosted by the International Community Health Services Foundation. Together we raised over $30,000 for uncompensated care ensuring that healthcare remains accessible for all. A total of 450 people registered and 340 crossed our finished line, this is a new record for our event and it would not have been successful without supporters like you. Stay tune for next year’s 5K!

Please check out our photos uploaded onto our ICHS Facebook page and view your race/walk time here.


A big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible
: East West Bank, Coordinated Care, Amerigroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, One Cup Coffee, UnitedHealthcare, Sam’s Club, Uwajimaya, Shoreline Rotary, Overlake Medical Center, PowerCrunch, Viet-Wah, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, CMarr Automotive, Edge, HomeSight, InterimCDA, Marpac Construction, Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency, Merchants Parking Association, Molina Healthcare, MudBay, National Association of Community Health Centers, OCA Seattle, SCIDpda, Shoreline Community College, Sound Credit Union, Washington Alarm, and WPI Real Estate Services, Inc. A special thank you to Aurora Rents and City of Shoreline for hosting the event at their location and providing staff and space for the event to happen. 

For questions or comments please email foundation@ichs.com

2018 Bloom Gala tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for International Community Health Services’ (ICHS) 2018 Bloom Gala, to be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on May 5. The funds raised at this annual celebration will support health services for those who cannot afford to pay for them.

This year’s event honors the past as ICHS celebrates its 45th anniversary. Join ICHS friends, partners and supporters for highlights from ICHS’ early days within Seattle’s Asian American community and the Chinatown-International District neighborhood, and its path of growth since.

When people and families are healthy they contribute to creating opportunities that allow all of us to be more productive and give back to others. Please join us — together we can make sure everyone has access to affordable health care. Early bird tickets for $150 each are now on sale on the ICHS website here. Prices go up to $175 after April 13, so order your tickets soon!

For more information about the Bloom Gala, visit www.ichs.com/bloom.

Can’t make it to the event this year? You can still make a difference by making a donation today!

“Thanks to the support from these amazing people, I can rest assured that I am in good care.”

I came to the United States in March 2017 as an immigrant from Vietnam. In May 2017, I noticed a lump in my left breast. Fortunately, I saw an advertisement about the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) and contacted Minh Nguyen, a community advocate. She carefully explained the program to me. She helped me make an appointment with BCCHP at ICHS’ Holly Park Clinic. Through BCCHP, a provider referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Results showed I had a tumor in my left breast. My biopsy diagnosed me with Stage 2 left breast cancer. It is an invasive and fast-growing cancer. My breast cancer will not respond to hormone therapy or other medications. I will need surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I knew that I couldn’t afford to pay for expensive treatments.

ICHS’ Veronica Kim enrolled me in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program through King County. Qualified woman receive free cancer treatment that includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and five years of drug therapy to prevent cancer recurrence. ICHS’ Vietnamese-speaking staff, Nina Le, helped me with all interpreting and translating. ICHS’ Women’s Preventative Health Services staff carefully explained and convinced me of the benefits of the BCCTP program. Veronica submitted all forms to King County, including cancellation of my current insurance contract, which had a premium, high deductible and co-pay, so I could apply to the state Medicaid-Apple Health.

It’s approved already. I already had my treatment scheduled at Swedish True Family Cancer Center in July 2017. There are no words for how the treatment will push my limits physically, emotionally and mentally. However, thanks to the support from these amazing people, I can rest assured that I am in good care.

-Nguyen (does not wish to share her full name)

 

Call for Nominations: ICHS 2018 Bamboo Award for Health

International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the ICHS Foundation today announced that nominations are open for the 2018 Bamboo Award for Health. The award recognizes the outstanding work of people and organizations supporting ICHS and its mission to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health and wellness services, and promote health equity. These works and achievements may have resulted in:

  • Increased access to health services for ICHS patients, clients and local underserved communities.
  • Improved measurable health outcomes for ICHS patients, clients and local underserved communities.
  • Increased resources that allow ICHS to serve or expand its patient and client populations.

Nominations will be accepted until March 11, via the 2018 Bamboo Award Nomination Form or the Google form here. The 2018 Bamboo Awards for Health will be presented at the ICHS Bloom Gala on May 5.

2017 Bamboo Award winners: Dr. Allen Muramoto and Country Doctor Community Health Centers

 

2018 Bloom Gala

More information about the ICHS Bloom Gala, which raises funds to support uncompensated health care, can be found here.

Invitation to share a favorite ICHS story or memory

This year’s Bamboo Award recipients will be honored as ICHS celebrates its 45th anniversary and origins within Seattle’s Asian American community. Founded in 1973, ICHS got its start providing in-language health care for mainly elderly Chinese and Filipino patients living in single room occupancy hotels in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. Volunteer doctors, interpreters and mental health staff operated the clinic and it was one of the nation’s first to focus on the health care needs of a diverse Asian American population.

As ICHS preserves the past and helps uncover the narrative of Seattle’s diverse communities for its 45th celebration, local community members are invited to share their stories, photos and memories by contacting: foundation@ichs.com.

ICHS leadership in Olympia to advocate for health safety net

ICHS in Olympia to advocate for health care
From left to right, Gildas Cheung, Hiroshi Nakano, Teresita Batayola, Kelli Nomura and Lee Marchisio

International Community Health Services (ICHS) leadership was in Olympia on Feb. 1, for Joint Legislative Days. They joined 82 CEOs, board members and senior staff representing 20 community health centers, at the state capital to advocate for a shared legislative agenda, as organized by the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers and Community Health Network Washington.

This was a chance for health centers to advocate directly to legislators on behalf of patients.Teresita Batayola, ICHS president and CEO, and ICHS board members Gildas Cheung, Hiroshi Nakano, Kelli Nomura and Lee Marchisio participated in 18 meetings with state legislators and their staff, representing the key districts where ICHS patients live.

In these meetings, Batayola and ICHS board members thanked legislators for their leadership in passing the state’s capital budget, which will fuel the ICHS Shoreline Clinic’s dental care expansion and new AiPACE senior care program. They reiterated the importance of protecting the health safety net, and reminded lawmakers that Washington Apple Health and the Children’s Health Insurance Program keep people healthy, productive and employed. Most importantly, they made sure those in Olympia heard the stories of ICHS — our patients and their families, our providers and our communities.

Book your eye exam with the ICHS Vision Clinic!

Appointments are now open with optometrist Dr. Andrea Liem at the ICHS Vision Clinic, located in Seattle’s International District.

Comprehensive eye exams are more than checking your vision to see if you need glasses or contact lenses. During an eye exam, Dr. Liem examines the health of your eyes to look for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. Regular eye checks help ensure a lifetime of healthy vision.

We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid. Ask about our sliding fee scale.

Call the ICHS Vision Clinic to make an appointment: 206-788-3505.

ICHS ranked Washington’s No. 1 community health center

The Washington Health Alliance’s Community Checkup recently ranked International Community Health Services (ICHS) among the state’s top performers for excellence in care for Medicaid-insured patients. In 2016, 59% of ICHS patients were insured under Medicaid, the federal government health insurance program for low income individuals.

ICHS was compared to other community health clinics, medical groups and hospitals across Washington on measures including monitoring and screenings for conditions such as high blood pressure, breast cancer and diabetes, and the number of patients who take required medications.

“These results reflect what we already know – that ICHS and community health centers across the state deliver tremendous value to patients and society,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “Our patients, many of whom are among the most vulnerable and underserved, are low income, immigrant and minority community members. Yet, they are healthier and more productive because they receive affordable care that is high quality, effective and proven. ICHS is proud to be ranked highly as helping the state raise standards for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, as well as for counseling and health education.”

ICHS clinics in Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue were rated on 22 measures for Medicaid insured, performing “average” or “better than average” on 21 when compared to other report participants. Among the areas where ICHS demonstrated excellence in treating Medicaid patients was in the effective treatment of heart disease; diabetes; and colon, cervical and breast cancer screenings.

The results of the Community Checkup, now in its eleventh year, reflect the care provided to approximately four million patients in Washington and is based on more than 100 measures of health care quality, using data supplied by more than 25 entities including health plans, self-insured employers and union trusts, and state agencies. To view the most recent Community Checkup, visit here.

2017 ICHS in the News

2017

Embracing history, as Chinatown-International District faces changes DECEMBER 26, 2017
http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2017/12/26/chinatown-international-district-pushes-to-respect-history-as-district-faces-change/70486

Heart & Science Vol. 4  Health & Wellness and Education focus DECEMBER, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/12/congress-risks-asian-american-kids-and-families-with-chip-funding-in-jeopardy/

Congress risks Asian American kids and families with CHIP funding in jeopardy DECEMBER 7, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/12/congress-risks-asian-american-kids-and-families-with-chip-funding-in-jeopardy/

Local, state health programs for children scramble with CHIP in limbo DECEMBER 7, 2017
http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2017/12/07/local-state-health-programs-for-children-scramble-with-chip-in-limbo/70635

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola awarded Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence Award   NOVEMBER 14, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/11/ichs-ceo-teresita-batayola-awarded-puget-sound-business-journal-women-of-influence-award/

International Community Health Services Opens New Vision Clinic   NOVEMBER 13, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/11/international-community-health-services-opens-new-vision-clinic/

Women of Influence: Teresita Batayola delivers health services to communities in need   NOVEMBER 9, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/11/09/teresita-batayola-women-of-influence.html

Batayola named Woman of Influence   NOVEMBER 6, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/11/batayola-named-woman-of-influence/

New chief medical director at ICHS   OCTOBER 30, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/10/new-chief-medical-director-at-ichs/

Rayburn Lewis Appointed Chief Medical Officer At International Community Health Services   OCTOBER 25, 2017
http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/rayburn-lewis-0

Rayburn Lewis   OCTOBER, 2017
http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/rayburn-lewis-0

Sen. Cantwell visits ICHS   OCTOBER 16, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/10/sen-cantwell-visits-ichs/

Pathways to Health: Many still need help understanding health insurance   OCTOBER 4, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/10/pathways-to-health-the-health-of-our-community-begins-with-a-vote/

The health of our community begins with a vote SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/09/the-health-of-our-community-begins-with-a-vote/http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/08/lt-gov-visits-id-clinic/

Lt. Gov. visits ID clinic  AUGUST 24, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/08/lt-gov-visits-id-clinic/

New center at Bellevue middle school to give students better access to health AUGUST 22, 2017
http://www.bellevuereporter.com/news/new-center-at-bellevue-middle-school-to-give-students-better-access-to-health/

Saving America’s health centers: Surviving for a second chance AUGUST 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/08/saving-americas-health-centers-surviving-for-a-second-chance/

Saving America’s Health Centers: Not going back AUGUST 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/08/saving-americas-health-centers-not-going-back/

Teresita Batayola: A hard-fought battle won—for now AUGUST 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/08/teresita-batayola-a-hard-fought-battle-won-for-now/

Multimedia collaboration between community organizations to add voice in support of continued health care funding AUGUST 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/08/multimedia-collaboration-between-community-organizations-to-add-voice-in-support-of-continued-health-care-funding/

ICHS vision clinic to reach a diverse group of patients AUGUST 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/08/ichs-vision-clinic-to-reach-a-diverse-group-of-patients/

ICHS program expands resources for treatment of opioid addiction JULY 6, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/07/announcement-ichs-program-expands-resources-for-treatment-of-opioid-addiction/

Seattle Channel’s CityStream: Mobile Dental Care JUNE 29, 2017
http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x78548

Treatment of opioid addiction in King County expands with ICHS’ new Suboxone program JUNE 27,2017
http://www.shorelineareanews.com/2017/06/treatment-of-opioid-addiction-in-king.html

패티 머레이 연방상원의원 JUNE 20,2017
http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?branch=SE&art_id=5360142

How might the new health care plan affect Washingtonians? JUNE 16,2017
http://kuow.org/post/how-might-new-health-care-plan-affect-washingtonians

ICHS dental practice creates internships with local schools, including SCC’s dental hygiene program JUNE 15,2017
http://www.shorelineareanews.com/2017/06/ichs-dental-practice-creates.html

Breast health outreach: An unknown pain brought ICHS health worker closer to patients JUNE 9,2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/06/breast-health-outreach-an-unknown-pain-brought-ichs-health-worker-closer-to-patients/

One more tool to help students learn: Seattle-area districts turn to health centers  June 7, 2017
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/one-more-tool-to-help-students-learn-seattle-area-districts-turn-to-health-centers/

City Inside/Out: Chinatown/ID Upzone MAY 12, 2017
http://www.seattlechannel.org/CityInsideOut?videoid=x76019/

Republican health care bill pushes past House MAY 5, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/05/republican-health-care-push/

Pathways To Health presented by ICHS – Asian Americans must act to end Hepatitis B MAY 2, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/05/pathways-to-health-presented-by-ichs-asian-americans-must-act-to-end-hepatitis-b/

API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry MAY 3, 2017
http://www.iexaminer.org/2017/05/api-community-mourns-death-of-civil-liberties-champion-mike-lowry/

ICHS founder Allen Muramoto to receive Bloom Award APRIL 24, 2017
http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/04/ichs-founder-allen-muramoto-to-receive-bloom-award/

Registration now open: Run, walk or howl into the Year of the Dog with ICHS Lunar 5K in Shoreline

Local runners and walkers of both the four- and two-legged variety are invited to get with their pack to bring in the Lunar New Year in an effort to help local families who cannot afford medical care. International Community Health Services’ (ICHS) will be holding its 3rd annual Lunar New Year 5K walk and run fundraiser, on Sunday, Feb. 25, in Shoreline.

Online registration for humans is now open at: www.ichs.com/5k, while on-leash canines are welcome to join for free. The event commemorates the lunar calendar Year of the Dog in 2018, inviting participants to roam the environs of Shoreline’s Interurban Trail while doing good.

Each year, ICHS organizes the 5K to raise money to support uncompensated patient care and provides almost $1 million to the Puget Sound region’s most vulnerable communities — about 90% are persons of color and about 55% have limited English speaking skills and need interpretation help.

“Facing challenges in federal funding, ICHS rely on events such as the 5K Walk and Run to serve the needs of our community,” said Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation executive director.

About the event:

  • WHAT: International Community Health Services’ Lunar New Year 5K walk and run fundraising event will support uncompensated health care for families throughout the region. Participants will receive a time chip, bib, t-shirt and promotional giveaways from vendors. The first 250 participants that check-in will also receive an ICHS fanny pack
  • WHERE: The walk and run route will start at City of Shoreline City Hall – 7500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
  • COST: Prices ranges from $10-$40 based on age and increases by $5 per month
  • HOW: Online registration is open now until 24 hours before the race
  • Questions? Please contact: foundation@ichs.com

Lunar New Year 5K sponsors include: East West Bank, Coordinated Care, Amerigroup, Aurora Rents, Community Health Plan of Washington, One Cup Coffee, Shoreline Rotary, Sam’s Club, Uwajimaya, Miller Hayashi Architects, City of Shoreline, HomeSight, Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency, Merchants Parking Association, Molina Healthcare, SCIDpda, Shoreline Community College, Viet-Wah Group, Recology, and WPI Real Estate Services.