Megan Perara

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles (MSN)
Seattle University (BSN)

Certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner – AANP Certified (FNP-C)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I share the commitment of ICHS to improve the health and well-being of the community. I am extremely fortunate to be involved with an organization working towards health equity and community empowerment.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Health care services exist to meet the diverse needs of communities. As a provider, I aim to create a supportive and affirming space for patients to discuss and achieve their health care goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love baking and make desserts for all of my family gatherings.

Azeb Zeleke

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, Amharic

Medical Degree:

DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

Education:

Seattle Pacific University

Certification:

BLS, ARNP-BC

Why I Work at ICHS:

I want to complete my residency at ICHS because I believe in the mission: to provide culturally competent, high-quality care to the whole family to build a healthy and productive nation. As community healthcare needs become complicated with lack of insurance, lack of resources, multiple comorbidities, mental illness and substance use disorder, an organization such as ICHS is a lifeline to many. Also, I have heard from nurse practitioners who are currently in the ICHS residency program that ICHS fosters a collaborative practice that facilitates inclusion.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Patients deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity regardless of status or race. 

Interesting Note About Myself:

I think humor, good food, hiking and gardening have the potential to heal.

Marianne Unite

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Education:

University of Washington, DNP
University of Washington, BS Nursing & BS Biology

Certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner – AANP Certified (FNP-C)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I believe in ICHS’s mission to provide access, and culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all patients. I enjoy working with a diverse population of patients and providers on meeting shared goals for improving health and quality of life.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe it is important to develop meaningful patient-provider relationships in order to deliver patient-centered care. With active listening as my first step, I strive to learn from patients’ lived experiences to provide care informed by scientific evidence tailored to their conditions, situations, values and preferences.

Interesting Note About Myself:

Seattle has always been my home. I enjoy creating art, bicycling around the city and eating good food!

Meghana (Maggi) Bachu

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Education:

Pacific Lutheran University, DNP

Certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am honored to work at ICHS, as it is a reflection of the ever-growing melting pot that Seattle has become. The exposure to diverse patient populations combined with the organization’s strong roots in advocacy allows me to not only grow into a culturally sensitive provider, but also into a well-rounded person overall.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I partner with my patients and their support systems to provide holistic, patient-centered care by empowering them to seek successful health outcomes.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I’m an avid fan of singing along to songs in my car. As a lifelong vegetarian, I am always on the hunt to try out new vegetarian dishes.

 

ICHS Clinics Receive 2020 Immunize Washington Awards

Immunize WA Award

Fifth consecutive year ICHS named Gold Level Provider

International Community Health Services (ICHS) has been recognized for its success protecting children through vaccination. All four of ICHS’ medical and dental clinics were honored with gold or silver level awards in the 2020 Immunize Washington Provider Recognition Program.

 

ICHS Clinic

Child Immunization Rates

Teen Immunization Rates

Holly Park

86%  Gold Medal

92% Gold Medal

Chinatown-International District

99% Gold Medal

93% Gold Medal

Shoreline

93% Gold Medal

82% Gold Medal

Bellevue

79%  Silver Medal

N/A   

“Immunizations provide a safe, proven defense to help parents make sure children grow up strong and healthy,” says Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer. “They provide almost complete protection against serious diseases like measles, which still plagues some U.S. communities. Not only that, but getting vaccinated helps protect everyone, even those who are not vaccinated, by contributing to herd immunity and lowering the overall risk of infection.”

One component of ICHS’ success was proactive outreach efforts by Carmina Caoile, ICHS population health coordinator. Caoile made phone calls to ICHS patients and answered questions about cost. In Washington, youth younger than 19 can receive immunizations for free.

Caoile also represented ICHS at local health fairs to share educational materials and developed a ‘Super Kid’ incentive to make immunizations less scary. Young patients became an “ICHS Super Kid” after getting shots, complete with fun costumes, photos and certificates.

“Our young patients really enjoyed dressing up and posing for photos” Caoile shared. “Having a reward at the end motivated them to do their part to help fight disease.”

Research shows that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of information for parents when it comes to vaccines for their children.

The full 2020 Immunize Washington awardee list can be found here. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that ICHS has achieved gold status.

Katharine (Kat) Chen

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, Mandarin, French

Medical Degree:

Masters in Clinical Social Work

Education:

MSW, Seattle University
BA, University of Washington

certification:

SUPT, LSWAIC

Why I Work at ICHS:

I believe that community health centers are integral to closing the health disparity gap and adding cultural awareness to physical and mental health care. I work at ICHS for their emphasis on community care.

Patient Care Philosophy:

As a substance use and mental health professional, I believe in harm reduction and working as a team with my patients to help them reach their goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I worked in the restaurant industry for many years and love to eat different kinds of food.