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 5, via the 2018 Bamboo Award Nomination Form or the Google form here. Awardees will be contacted by March 16. 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.

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.

In memory of Jon Sonoda

Thank you for honoring Jon Sonoda’s memory with a donation to ICHS. To make a gift, please:

  • Go to ICHS’ secure donation page here.
  • Fill in the required fields.
  • Under “Donation Information” please select “Annual Fund.”
  • Please select “Tribute Type” and “In Memory of.”
  • Please add “Jon Sonoda” and any other notes in the “Notes” field (please see below for an example).

  • Please click “Finalize and Process Donation” to complete your gift.
  • Questions about making an online donation? Please contact: foundation@ichs.com.

Remembering Jon Sonoda’s Aloha Spirit

Jon Sonoda, ICHS pharmacy manager, will be greatly missed.

In Hawaiian culture “Aloha” means more than hello and goodbye. Aloha is the island way of life based on love, compassion and friendship.

ICHS pharmacy manager Jon Sonoda passed away on Dec. 23, leaving family, friends, co-workers and patients saddened by the loss of his warm Aloha spirit. Jon led three full service pharmacies at ICHS’s Chinatown, Shoreline and Holly Park locations, pharmacy education, and pharmacy services at ACRS and Seattle World School.

Jon had a lot of plans to improve services to ICHS patients. He was the cheerleader, with always an upbeat word for others. While he felt embarrassed about any spotlight, he enjoyed it and always gave credit to his pharmacy team. He was extremely proud and protective of them and believed that his team was capable of anything. Jon’s love had no boundaries. Work or home, Jon’s generous nature was to reach out to and support whoever needed it, however they might need it.

Jon Sonada and members of the pharmacy team.

 

ICHS Foundation director Ron Chew said Jon’s generosity extended into the realm of charitable giving. “During our year-end fundraising campaign, he would come by my office and say, ‘Ron, give me a form. Who should I made a check out to?’ I never even had to ask. That’s the kind of person he was.”

Jon is survived by his wife, Zoe Sonoda, who has asked that charitable donations in Jon’s memory go to the ICHS Foundation. Please click here for instructions on how to designate a gift in Jon’s name.

Jon’s positive outlook, his passion for the ICHS vision and mission, and his service to others will be carried forward by all who knew him.

 

 

International Community Health Services opens new vision clinic

ICHS Vision Clinic ribbon cutting ceremony.

International Community Health Services (ICHS), the largest neighborhood-based health care provider for Asian Pacific Islander and immigrant communities in Washington State, held a ribbon-cutting service on Nov. 6, to celebrate the opening of its new vision clinic in the Chinatown-International District.

The 1,200-square-foot clinic, located in a storefront across the plaza from the ICHS medical-dental building in International District Village Square, was built with support from a $350,000 grant from the City of Seattle. Design began in October 2016, and the clinic was completed last month. The clinic includes two exam rooms and is expected to handle approximately 900 visits by its second year of operation.

Dr. Andrea Liem, optometrist for the new clinic, says she’s excited to start serving ICHS patients. She said the emphasis of the clinic will be providing primary eye care.

She pointed out that she herself has been going to see an optometrist since middle school. “I’ve worn contact lenses and eyeglasses in the past, and eventually had laser surgery to correct my myopia,” Dr. Liem said. “Based on my personal experience and my family’s need for vision care, I am able to empathize with and better serve my patients.”

ICHS currently provides primary care to nearly 29,000 patients in over 50 different languages at its seven clinic locations in Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue.

The vision clinic concept arose out of discovery that only half of ICHS patients completed their referrals for eye care. Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO, said, “Vision problems in the United States are the most prevalent disability among children and youth, and is one of the top disabilities for adults.”

Batayola noted that next year will be the 45th anniversary of ICHS. “It’s nice to finally have this sorely needed service in place as we celebrate our agency’s milestone,” she said.

Amanda Chin, a Beacon Hill resident, had strongly advocated for the vision clinic as a member of the ICHS patient advisory council several years ago. “For me to be able to voice this and now actually seeing it happen is amazing,” said Chin. She and her family—including her mother, father, two brothers and sister—are longtime ICHS patients. Members of the Chin family attended the ribbon-cutting.

Former Seattle City Council member Jean Godden, who helped secure the $350,000 grant from the City during the 2015 budget process, was also at the ceremony. The grant was one of Godden’s last pieces of legislation before she retired.

View pictures from the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwKqfnp

ICHS boosts work to level health disparities with chief medical officer appointment

International Community Health Services (ICHS) today announced that Rayburn Lewis, MD has been named chief medical officer after serving in an interim capacity since July. Dr. Lewis retired as CEO of Swedish Issaquah in 2016.

“We look forward to Dr. Lewis’ leadership as we continue to champion health equity, care and coverage for the most fragile populations who need affordable care – those who are low-income, uninsured and underinsured,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “We are deeply honored that Dr. Lewis has chosen to bring his leadership acumen to ICHS and to continue his passion for service in our communities.”

Dr. Lewis brings valuable knowledge and perspective as a physician-leader and an active member of the African American community, who has worked at creating social impact. Dr. Lewis’ tenure of success at the Swedish Medical Centers is expected to fortify ICHS’ growth in meeting the needs of the communities around ICHS clinics, especially the underserved, Asian Pacific Islanders, immigrants and refugees.

Dr. Lewis’ focus on helping the medically underserved started early. While still a medical student, he served on the board of the Yesler Terrace clinic, which saw patients from the Yesler Terrace housing project and nearby neighborhood. He was also a board member for Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers, now Neighborcare Health. He was an active leader of area school and sports programs that encouraged young men of color to experience the outdoors.

“I believe in providing the health safety net to people – regardless of ethnic and racial background, nation of origin, language, gender or gender preference,” said Dr. Lewis. “My entire career, whether through work in the community or at Swedish and Providence has been built on this commitment. The work of community health centers reduces the need for many hospital visits. The prospect of serving our communities on such a deep and transformative level was an irresistible lure out of retirement. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn as well as contribute.”

Prior to his role as CEO of Swedish Issaquah, Dr. Lewis served as executive director and vice president of medical affairs at Swedish Ballard, and as COO at Swedish Cherry Hill. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, where he completed his internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident from 1982 to 1983. He also completed an assignment as a general medical officer in orthopedics with the U.S. Public Health Service in Seattle. Dr. Lewis joined the medical staff at Swedish Health Services and Providence Seattle Medical Center in 1984, while starting a medical practice in Columbia City. He joined the Minor & James Medical Group in 1987, practicing there till 1996, and subsequently maintained a practice at the Swedish Family Medicine/Cherry Hill campus residency clinic until 2008.

As the elected chief of staff at Providence Seattle Medical Center in 1995, Dr. Lewis was recruited as medical director for quality and medical affairs. Serving in this capacity from 1995 to 2002, he became Swedish’s vice president for medical affairs from 2002 to 2007, after the two hospitals merged. He also served as medical director of the Mother Joseph Clinic at Swedish Cherry Hill for specialty care of community patients.

2018 open enrollment – things to know

The open enrollment period to enroll, renew or change health plans for 2018 starts on Nov. 1 through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. This year’s open enrollment period is shorter than past years, so act sooner rather than later! If you miss the Jan. 15, 2018 deadline, you and your family may be unable to make changes or sign up for benefits until the next enrollment period in fall of 2018.

Important dates:

  • Nov 1, 2017 – Open enrollment begins
  • Dec 15, 2017 – Deadline to enroll for coverage to begin by Jan. 1, 2018
  • Jan 15, 2018 – Open enrollment ends

FREE help from ICHS
ICHS provides free help for patients and for anyone seeking to enroll or renew health insurance. Plan ahead and schedule an appointment with an expert, multilingual outreach and enrollment coordinator, who can explain options and assist with sign up. Together, ICHS staff speak eight languages including: Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Russian and Punjabi. Call 206-788-3700 and ask for a 2018 health insurance enrollment appointment.

Walk-in appointments available
ICHS offers open enrollment walk-in appointments on Saturdays at the ICHS International District Clinic (2nd floor) from 9 am to 3 pm. Come in on one of these Saturdays for help and answers:

  • Nov 18, 2017
  • Dec 2, 2017
  • Dec 16, 2017
  • Dec 30, 2017
  • Jan 6, 2018
  • Jan 13,2018

 

For more information
Call ICHS at: 206-788-3700, find enrollment information online at: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org, or download the mobile app “WAPlanfinder.”

Funding cliff FAQs from the NACHC

Grant Implications for Health Centers after September 30, 2017

1. When will the health centers program officially go over the Cliff?

Until and unless Congress allocates sufficient funding to replenish the Community Health Centers Fund, no new mandatory funds (which constitute 70% of total funding for Section 330) will be provided to HRSA after September 30, 2017. Therefore at the Health Centers program level, the funding expires October 1.

2. When will my health center feel the direct impact of going over the Cliff?

Without a fix by Congress, your health center will feel the direct impact (meaning changes to your grant award) of going over the Cliff at the start of your next budget period, when the amount of funding your health center receives will reflect any new limitations on Section 330 funds. No health center grant periods for FY18 begin until January. Current-year funding (FY17) is not affected.

3. When will my health center feel the indirect impact of going over the Cliff?

Health centers across the country are already reporting indirect impacts from just the threat of going over the Cliff, and the disruption caused by not knowing the stability of future funding. The uncertainty around long-term funding is impacting their ability to: recruit and retain providers and other staff, to obtain loans and extend lines of credit, to sign leases and contracts and to make longterm investments and plans. We expect these “indirect” impacts to increase the longer Congress goes without a funding cliff fix.

4. Which health centers will first feel the direct impact of going over the Cliff?

A total of 235 health center organizations (1 in 6) have budget periods that begin on January 1, 2018. (No health centers have budget periods that begin in October, November, or December.) That means the Notices of Awards these 235 health centers receive for their budget period starting 1/1/2018 will likely reflect limitations on Section 330 funds, including the possibility of monthto-month funding.

5. When will HRSA make funding decisions for the January 1, 2018 Notice of Award (NOAs)?

Mid-November – that’s when they must start preparing the 1/1/2018 NOAs. 6. When will HRSA run out of money without a cliff fix? Unless Congress acts to fix the funding cliff before then, HRSA would run out of all funds by early-to-mid 2018