Double your impact by making a gift by May 31st to provide free charity care for uninsured ICHS patients.
International Community Health Services Foundation is addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. Complying with public health mandates, we canceled our 2020 Bloom Luncheon – our largest event of the year.
But we are not halting our fundraising.
Patients need critical health care now more than ever. With unemployment at a record high, the need for free charity care for the uninsured has never been greater.
Will you make an urgent gift of $100 to provide a health visit to one uninsured patient? Your gift today will be doubled up to $100,000 thanks to a matching challenge.
Meet Uncle Lau, a 71 year old Vietnamese refugee who relies on affordable health care services. ICHS was “crucial to his recovery” after he had a stroke in the early 2000’s with no health insurance. Donations to charity care are donated directly to patients like Uncle Lau.
“Lau worked for years helping to run a beauty salon while also delivering newspapers in the morning. But as the cost of his premiums rose, the payments became too steep — so he gave up his health plan.” Read his story in Crosscut
ICHS has experienced a significant financial shortfall during the unprecedented public health crisis. Yet, frontline staff remain committed to providing critical services – all while uncertain of how long we can keep our doors open.
Your gift today will directly pay for critical patient services such as free COVID-19 drive-thru testing, telehealth visits, and other essential health services.
And now, you have an opportunity to double your impact with the $100,000 matching challenge.
Teledentistry provides consults with your ICHS provider via phone, smart device or computer. Call us to arrange a teledentistry screening if you have pressing symptoms such as bleeding, facial swelling, abscess, trauma or pain.
We can prescribe medication and provide instructions if it’s an issue that can safely wait. We will schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible if you need more immediate care.
Seattle-Based Community Health Center is one of 12 Receiving Financial Support from the Non-Profit Organization
The Siemens Foundation today announced it is providing $100,000 to International Community Health Services (ICHS) to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The community health center is one of 12 receiving financial support from the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA. Aligning with its dedication to social equity, the Siemens Foundation, including funding provided to it by Siemens Healthineers, is committing a total of $1.5 million to support these critical healthcare providers so they can continue serving their communities when they are needed most.
“We are grateful to the Siemens Foundation and its support of ICHS’ essential role in maintaining the health of our communities,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “ICHS is needed now, more than ever and these funds support our viability and strength. This generous gift helps us meet the challenge of ensuring health care for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. It supports ICHS efforts to deliver new remote models of care and bolsters our partnership in state efforts to reduce transmission through increased testing.”
This grant will help ICHS continue to provide services to vulnerable populations amid pandemic-related funding challenges and unanticipated financial burdens. Since its founding in the early 1970s, ICHS has been a primary source of affordable, in-language health care for the region’s diverse residents. Last year, ICHS served over 32,000 patients at its 11 locations, 69 percent of whom were low income and about 7 percent uninsured.
“Community Health Centers are the backbone of health care for low-income and vulnerable communities,” Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly strained CHC personnel and resources, who are already underfunded. This generous donation to International Community Health Services will help them to continue their incredible work protecting and improving the health and safety of patients at a time when support for health care providers is desperately needed.”
“International Community Health Services is tirelessly working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, ensuring that historically marginalized and vulnerable communities receive the resources and care they need during this pandemic,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “I’m heartened to learn that their deep commitment to health and equity continues to be recognized, and grateful for their longstanding investment in the health of wellness of our community.”
ICHS was selected using equity criteria developed by the Siemens Foundation in consultation with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, and Siemens. The center is free to use the funding as it deems necessary in response to the crisis.
“As the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately threatens lower-income and medically underserved communities, it’s important for us to support the institutions that sustain our social compact,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Community health centers and their staff are on the front lines providing primary care every day and they now play an especially critical role in our medical services infrastructure when emergency services and hospital settings are overwhelmed. Vital services like these are paramount to supporting equity across America.”
The $1.5 million total commitment is funded, in part, by the Siemens Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation, supported by Siemens Healthineers business in the United States.
“It is a critical time to ensure all patients and families are able to access the care they need,” said Dave Pacitti, Siemens Foundation Board of Directors member; President of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.; and Head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers. “The nation’s community health centers are a vital safety net for millions of patients, and these investments will help them to continue providing affordable care that strengthens the entire U.S. healthcare system in combatting the pandemic.”
ICHS has temporarily added a free pharmacy home delivery service for your added safety and convenience during the Covid-19 outbreak and the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Now, there is no need to wait in a pharmacy line or make an extra trip. Your prescriptions* and over-the-counter medications will be delivered, hassle-free within two business days.
Getting a new prescription? Simply tell your ICHS provider you would like to sign up for home delivery.
Refills and transfers
Just call us to arrange home delivery for your next refill or after transferring your prescription from another pharmacy to ICHS.
For more information
Call your ICHS pharmacy location for help and questions about our Rx home delivery service:
International District Clinic: 206.788.3770 Holly Park Clinic: 206.788.3563 Shoreline Clinic: 206.533.2720
*Prescriptions must meet 340B eligibility. Excepting controlled prescriptions. For ICHS patients within King County.
The health and wellbeing of our patients, families and communities continue to be our No. 1 priority, even as COVID-19 creates uncertainty and different ways of doing things for all of us. We’re being agile and making changes to how we deliver care to ensure your safe and uninterrupted access to health services when you need them.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms that appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Do you have symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing? Do you have at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell? If yes, DO NOT visit an ICHS clinic. Click the CDC self-checker on the right and call us at (206) 788-3700 so ICHS nurses can direct you to the proper care and treatment.
Antibody testing,which looks for evidence of the body’s immune response to the virus, is not offered at ICHS. Current testing by the CDC and public health are for broad-based surveillance and research purposes only and not for individuals who want to know if they have been previously infected with COVID-19. At this time, many questions still remain regarding how antibody test results relate to immunity. Click here for more information.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1 (800) 525-0127 and press #.
Here are a few important facts that public health wants to highlight, followed by their translations:
Most coronavirus illnesses are mild with fever and cough. A small percentage of people get severely ill with lung and breathing problems like pneumonia. Elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions are at highest risk for severe disease.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home while you are sick and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Wear a cloth mask which covers your mouth and nose, when outside your home.
Do not go to the emergency room if you think you have COVID-19. Emergency rooms need to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have difficulty breathing, call 911.
Information is changing frequently. We recommend regularly checking out King County Department of Public Health’s website: www.kingcounty.gov/COVID or subscribing to the Public Health Insider blog for the most up to date information.
Community Health Plan of Washington put together this resource sheet for immigrants identifing resources that provide information about COVID-19, health care access, legal rights, financial assistance, social services, and employment information. While it is not an exhaustive list, it provides key links to information in one place.
Confronting Racial Bias and Harassment
Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we. For those who may or already have confronted bias or harassment, there are resources, including in some cities, ways to report to local law enforcement an incident of bias. Please check online for additional information. We encourage everyone to promote correct information about the coronavirus, its risk and transmission, and the importance of not stigmatizing a group based on background or country of origin.
You can help, please join us
ICHS and community health centers around the nation are facing critical supply shortages, staffing issues and funding challenges. Our work to ensure health care for all is more important now than ever. Please consider a gift to ICHS. Your generosity will help us set up COVID-19 testing sites, make sure local people and families facing hardship can access care, and provide lifesaving resources to protect our patients and clinical teams. Donate now
You do not need to be an ICHS patient. Testing is prioritized if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had contact with anyone who is Covid-19 positive. Ensure timely results. Click below to complete the online registration and make a drive thru testing appointment.
Call us at (206) 788-3700 to register if you need language assistance.
You will be required to sign a consent form in the online registration. Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your appointment. Wear a face covering and remain in your car. A health care provider will approach your car window to swab your nose. Translation is available if you need language assistance.
If you need assistance, call ICHS at (206) 788-3700. Translators are available to assist in multiple languages. ICHS is not an emergency medical facility and we are not providing COVID-19 treatment or antibody testing. We recommend regularly visiting King County Department of Public Health’s website for the most up-to-date public health information.
The ICHS Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC) and services is now offering nutrition advice and food benefits remotely on a case-by-case basis to help reduce person-to-person transmission of Covid-19. The help, services and support we can provide include medical nutrition for high-risk patients of all ages and WIC nutrition services for women and children.
Phone consults with our medical nutrition team to help with dietary and lifestyle advice or nutrition education
Phone consults for pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes through our maternity support services program
Phone breastfeeding support and help overcoming breastfeeding challenges from a board-certified lactation consultant
For more information
Call (206) 788-3700 x3548 or x3754. You can also contact a clinic directly:
ID clinic: (206) 788-3701 (Monday through Friday) Holly Park clinic: (206) 788-3548 (Monday through Friday) Shoreline clinic: (206) 533-2687 or 2689 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Now you can see your doctor, dentist or mental health counselor through Telehealth.
A Telehealth visit is just like an in-person visit, but allows you to continue to receive primary and behavioral health care, or a dental consultation, while limiting person-to-person contact. It helps us all do our part to limit community transmission of Covid-19. You can schedule either a telephone visit or a virtual visit.
A telephone visit lets you share a conversation with your provider over a phone line.
A virtual visit takes place face-to-face through live video with your primary care clinician, dentist or behavioral health provider. A virtual visit requires an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone equipped with a camera, microphone and speaker.
Sometimes, it may be necessary for you to be seen in the clinic. If your care team determines this is the best way to address your care, they will let you know. If you need language assistance, please let us know when you schedule your appointment.
Make a Telehealth Appointment
For more information, please call: 206.788.3700
Call 911 for medical emergencies Telehealth is not for emergencies or potentially life-threatening medical conditions such as chest pain, severe shortness of breath, severe abdominal pain or headache. If you experience these symptoms call 911.
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.
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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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.”