Julie Do

Location:

International District

Language:

English, Vietnamese

Medical Degree:

Medical Doctor

Education:

University of Washington School of Medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

I wholeheartedly believe in ICHS’s mission and am honored to work alongside staff members who strive to care for the disadvantaged/underserved in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I hope to develop genuine therapeutic relationships with my patients. My goal is to partner with patients to provide high-quality care so that they feel empowered to achieve their own definition of “good health”. My absolute passion is serving the immigrant and refugee communities of Seattle, and I cannot think of a greater place to do that than ICHS.

Interesting Note About Myself:

My favorite Vietnamese dish is very spicy bun bo hue. I worked for a Vietnamese clinic in the International District for seven years before becoming a doctor.

State secretary of health at ICHS to discuss COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington state secretary of health, visits ICHS

On Jan. 12, as COVID-19 vaccine efforts ramp up in Washington state and across the nation, leaders from International Community Health Services (ICHS) welcomed Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington state secretary of health, to the health center’s International District Clinic.

The meeting opened opportunities for ICHS to raise issues as staff and providers look ahead to the next phases of Washington state’s vaccine rollout, which will continue to target those at highest risk. ICHS received the first doses of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 23, vaccinating front line health workers and residents in its senior congregate care facility, ICHS Legacy House.

“Our successful end to the pandemic is critically tied to the efficient and equitable distribution of the vaccine,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO, “As a community health center, ICHS will be key in helping those most at risk overcome language, culture, income and vaccine misinformation barriers that could prevent them from getting vaccinated. We are honored to welcome Dr. Shah to our International District Clinic. Today’s meeting was a productive step in coordinating public, private and community efforts to make sure we inform and reach everyone.”

The secretary released a statement, “Dr. Shah applauds the important work ICHS has done to ensure people in King County’s diverse communities (and beyond) have access to quality, affordable health care, including COVID-19 testing, during the pandemic. ICHS contributions will help ensure an equitable, culturally responsive, and efficient distribution of Washington state’s supply of COVID-19 vaccine so that no one – no matter where they live, their racial or ethnic background, their income, language, or immigration or insurance status – is left behind.”

ICHS receives first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

ICHS staff COVID19 vaccinations

On Dec. 23, International Community Health Services (ICHS) was among the first of the area’s health centers to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and begin vaccinating frontline health workers.

Reactions were jubilant, as staff saw the end of a challenging year and the nation’s largest health crisis, come into sight.

Ping Yang receives COVID19 vaccine
Ping Yang, ICHS acupuncturist

“The shot has no pain at all for me,” said Ping Yang, acupuncturist, first to be delivered the vaccine at the International District Clinic. “At last I don’t have to worry, because I’m seeing patients every time and no one knows who is carrying what. The vaccine is good for me, my family, my community and hopefully I can visit my parents, they are 97 years old.

Community members can be confident that the vaccine is safe and that it works, said Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer. “I enthusiastically rolled up my sleeve to be vaccinated and urge everyone to do the same. It is the best way to look out for yourself, your family and your community. I will now be able to spend Christmas with my 89-year-old father with additional protection and without great anxiety. This is how we stop people from dying and return to normal life.”

The vials of the Moderna vaccine are a milestone in ending the pandemic. Initial supplies will be limited and given to groups at highest risk, such as health care workers and people in long-term care facilities, said Getaneh. The next priority groups will be essential workers with higher risk of exposure, adults with underlying health conditions and adults 65 years and older. Eventually there will be enough for everyone who wants a vaccination. She urged patience, as well as offered a reminder there will still be a need to wear a mask, maintain distancing and practice good hygiene for some time.

In February 2020, ICHS was the first community health center in the nation to see a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. As a result, ICHS has helped set best practices guiding the response of the nation’s nearly 1,400 federally qualified health centers, which collectively serve 30 million people, most of them low income, immigrants and refugees.


For more information

Visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County website for the latest information and updates about vaccine development and distribution.

We encourage you to talk to your ICHS doctor about the vaccine’s benefits. Please visit our page with COVID-19 vaccine updates to learn more. 

Deepa Yerram

Location:

International District

Language:

English, Hindi, Telugu

Medical Degree:

MD, MHA

Education:

University of Washington, Master of Health Administration
University of New Mexico, Family and Community Medicine residency
BJ Medical College, MBBS

Certification:

Board certified in family medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am a firm proponent of affordable and accessible high-quality health care for all. ICHS provides me with the opportunity to work towards my belief.

Patient Care Philosophy:

An empowered patient is a healthy and happy patient. I see my role as an educator and guide, helping the patient on their path to a healthy life.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I dabble in interior decoration and in different types of Indian cooking (yes, there is more to Indian cooking than naan and chicken tikka masala).

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’s 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’s 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.

Aisling Shi Zhao

Location:

International District

Language:

English, Mandarin (conversational)

Medical Degree:

MD, MPH

Education:

University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan School of Public Health
University of Michigan Medical School
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

Why I Work at ICHS:

From the very first day I arrived at ICHS, I was blown away at the incredible sense of community that the providers, staff, and patients all brought to this space. As the child of Chinese immigrants, I look forward to advancing health equity among the AAPI community and beyond.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that medicine is a tool for social justice and self-determination. I hope to use my education to help my community to empower themselves to choose health in the ways that work best for them. My clinical interests include reproductive health and justice, weight-inclusive medicine/Health At Every Size (HAES), adolescent health, and the health and well-being of LGBTQIAP+ folks.

Interesting Note About Myself:

My favorite things to do include attempting home DIY projects, gardening, trying out new recipes, spending time with friends/family/animals, reading science fiction, practicing violin, and playing video games. I’m also a born and raised Michigander!

Julia Wang

Location:

International District

Language:

English, Mandarin

Medical Degree:

Medical Doctor

Education:

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Certification:

ACLS, ALSO, BLS

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS’s mission to providing community focused healthcare is incredibly inspiring. I am honored to work alongside practitioners and staff who have been serving the ID community for decades.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Culturally competent healthcare is a basic human right that everyone deserves, regardless of race, gender, sex, class, education, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love cooking and trying out new recipes.

Congressman Adam Smith visits ICHS to hear API community concerns following the COVID-19 epidemic

Group Photo
L-R: Michael Byun, executive director at Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Teresita Batayola, CEO and President at ICHS, Maiko Winkler-Chin, executive director at Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority, Congressman Adam Smith, Ron Chew, foundation executive director at ICHS, Nigel Lo, CEO at KinOn, and Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer. Photo by Rick Wong.

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9) visited the International Community Health Services (ICHS) medical-dental clinic in the Chinatown-International District on March 6, to address the impacts COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is having on the local Asian Pacific Islander community. The congressman joined Teresita Batayola. ICHS CEO, Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer, and leaders from several neighboring nonprofits, including Maiko Winkler-Chin, executive director at Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority, Michael Byun, executive director at Asian Counseling & Referral Service, and Nigel Lo, CEO at KinOn.

One of the key topics of discussion was how community health service providers are faring amid the outbreak. ICHS has been proactively working with public health officials in Public Health — Seattle & King County and staff of the County Executive and Seattle Mayor’s office to coordinate its response and to educate the public on personal hygiene and social distancing to decrease the risk of transmission.

“Local and state health workers across Washington are working around the clock to combat the coronavirus outbreak and I thank them for their lifesaving efforts,” said Rep. Smith.

Photo of Meeting
Community members discuss efforts to address COVID-19 with Rep. Adam Smith. Photo by Rick Wong.

Community leaders also discussed concerns regarding the impact on Asian-owned businesses and workers, as well as more vulnerable members of the community, such as the elderly. They reported an increase in anti-Asian bias and xenophobia, and shared suggestions on how the congressman and others in government could offer their support and additional resources.

“It is critical that members of the community follow guidance of health experts and avoid misinformation about coronavirus,” said. Rep. Smith. “Misinformation has led to the stigmatization of those of Asian descent based on fear and xenophobia – this is a danger to the well-being of our communities and to public health. We must remain unified and vigilant at this critical time to combat this epidemic and to uphold our resilient and diverse communities. I applaud ICHS, ACRS, Kin On, and other community partners for their dedication to protecting the health and well-being of all of our community members.”

“We appreciate Congressman Adam Smith’s longtime support – he is a strong ally as we work to address the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak together,” said Batayola. “His visit today offered a valuable chance to discuss his impact and how we can work collectively to keep our local community members safe and healthy, and help reduce the misinformed racist stigma against Asian Americans.”

Celina Hayashi Macadangdang

Location:

International District

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Medical Doctor

Education:

Scripps College
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

I love the sense of family and collaboration cultivated by the staff, health care providers and patients at ICHS. It is an honor to join this legacy of advocacy with such a vibrant history to serve our diverse patient population. I am thrilled to be working alongside the folks at ICHS in multi-disciplinary teams to provide culturally sensitive care and engage in the community to address social determinants of health.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Health care is a human right. It is my goal to partner with patients through all stages of their lives, helping patients harness health and health care to achieve their physical, mental, spiritual, and nutritional wellness goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I enjoy gardening, dancing, hiking, traveling and baking. My favorite foods are pinakbet, natto and rice!