網上報名做免費的COVID-19檢測

free COVID-19 testing ICHS

國際診所(International Community Health Services)目前正在西雅圖唐人街的國際診所和貝爾維尤學院(Bellevue College)這兩個地點提供免費的COVID-19檢測。貝爾維尤的檢測點是與金縣公共衛生部共同合作的檢測站。無論公民、移民身份如何或是否有保險,所有人都可以通過“駕車直通”和“步行抵達”來獲得檢測。

如果您有症狀,並且在過去的14天曾經與 COVID-19 患者接觸過,請立即進行檢測!如果您沒有症狀但接觸過 COVID-19 患者,請等到在接觸時間之後的5-7天才進行檢測。

獲得免費檢測的所需文件

  • 有照片和出生日期的身份證。無論您的公民/移民身份如何,都可獲得檢測。
  • 如有保險,提供保險卡。如果您有保險、聯邦醫療保險(Medicare)或醫療補助計劃(Medicaid),請提供這些資料以便讓實驗室向他們收費。您將不需要支付檢測的任何費用。
  • 您不需要有保險批准或醫生證明來報名預約檢測。

COVID-19 症狀包括:

  • 發燒或發冷
  • 咳嗽
  • 呼吸急促或呼吸困難
  • 疲勞
  • 肌肉或身體疼痛
  • 頭痛
  • 新發的味覺或嗅覺的喪失
  • 咽喉痛
  • 鼻塞或流鼻涕
  • 噁心或嘔吐
  • 腹瀉

1. 預約您的檢測

請選擇下面的其中一個檢測地點,去之前先在網上報名。唐人街國際診所不提供現場報名。

貝爾維尤學院

星期一至星期六,上午9:00至下午5:00
2645 145th Ave SE, Bellevue

如果您需要幫助在貝爾維尤學院檢測點報名,請撥打206.477.3977,聯繫金縣的 COVID-19 電話中心(早上8:00至晚上7:00,每週 7天開放)。如果您需要中文翻譯,請用英語說出您需要的語言,我們將幫您連接到一名口譯員。

唐人街國際診所

星期五,上午10:00至下午2:00
720 8th Ave S, Seattle

如果您需要幫助在唐人街國際診所檢測點報名,請致電206.788.3700.聯繫國際診所(週一至週五,上午9:00至下午5:00)。我們也提供翻譯。如果當前您有COVID-19 的症狀或曾與 COVID-19 陽性檢測結果的任何人有過接觸,您的檢測將優先進行。

2. 前往檢測站點

請攜帶有照片的身份證和保險卡前往預約好的站點。到達後請全程都佩戴口罩。檢測過程將大約需要15分鐘。

貝爾維尤學院

檢測後,請記住保存好工作人員交給您的 QR 碼紙條或把它拍照下來。以下是 QR 碼的範本:

唐人街國際診所

這是“駕車直通”的檢測點。請留在車内,醫護人員將走向您的車窗來進行鼻拭子采樣。如有需要,我們提供翻譯服務。

3. 獲取結果

您的檢測結果將在 24-48 小時內準備好。當您的檢測有了結果時,您將不會收到通知。但如果您的檢測結果為陽性,您將收到電話通知。

貝爾維尤學院

a)使用手機上的相機掃描您的QR 碼,或者
b)點擊這裏輸入16位數的檢索代碼和您的出生日期

唐人街國際診所

要搜尋您的檢測結果,請:
a)使用手機上的相機掃描以下的QR 碼,或

b)上網https://patient.labcorp.com建立一個 LabCorp 帳號,或
c)在手機上下載 LabCorp 患者應用程序
漢語 – How to get your COVID-19 test results

請注意:國際診所不是緊急醫療機構,我們不提供 COVID-19 的治療或抗體檢測。我們建議您定期瀏覽金縣公共衛生部我們建議您定期瀏覽金縣公共衛生部網站,瞭解最新的公共衛生資訊。

网上报名做免费的COVID-19检测

free COVID-19 testing ICHS

国际诊所(International Community Health Services)目前正在西雅图唐人街的国际诊所和贝尔维尤学院 (Bellevue College)这两个地点提供免费的COVID-19检测。贝尔维尤的检测点是与金县公共卫生部共同合作的检测站。无论公民、移民身份如何或是否有保险,所有人都可以通过“驾车直通”和“步行抵达”来获得检测。

如果您有症状,并且在过去的14天曾经与COVID-19 患者接触过,请立即进行检测!如果您没有症状但接触过 COVID-19 患者,请等到在接触时间之后的5-7 天才进行检测。

获得免费检测的所需文件

  • 有照片和出生日期的身份证。无论您的公民/移民身份如何,都可获得检测
  • 如有保险,提供保险卡。如果您有保险、联邦医疗保险(Medicare)或医疗补助计划(Medicaid),请提供这些资料以便让实验室向他们收费。您将不需要支付检测的任何费用。
  • 您不需要有保险批准或医生证明来报名预约检测。

COVID-19 症状包括:

  • 发烧或发冷
  • 咳嗽
  • 呼吸急促或呼吸困
  • 疲劳
  • 肌肉或身体疼痛
  • 头痛
  • 新发的味觉或嗅觉的丧失
  • 咽喉痛
  • 鼻塞或流鼻涕
  • 恶心或呕吐
  • 腹泻

1. 预约您的检测

请选择下面的其中一个检测地点,去之前先在网上报名。唐人街国际诊所不提供现场报名。

贝尔维尤学院

星期一至星期六,上午9:00 至下午5:00
2645 145th Ave SE, Bellevue

如果您需要帮助在贝尔维尤学院的检测点报名,请拨打206.477.3977,联系金县 的COVID-19 电话中心(早上8:00至晚上7:00,每周 7 天开放)。如果您需要中文翻译,请用英语说出您需要的语言,我们将帮您连接到一名口译员。

唐人街国际诊所

星期五,上午10:00至下午2:00
720 8th Ave S, Seattle

如果您需要帮助在唐人街国际诊所检测点报名,请致电206.788.3700联系国际诊所(周一至周五,上午 9:00至下午5:00)。我们也提供翻译。如果当前您有COVID-19 的症状或曾与 COVID-19 阳性检测结果的任何人有过接触,您的检测将优先进行。

2. 前往检测站点

请携带有照片的身份证和保险卡前往预约好的站点。到达后请全程都佩戴口罩。检测过程将大约需要 15 分钟。

贝尔维尤学院

检测后,请记住保存好工作人员交给您的 QR 码纸条或把它拍照下来。以下是 QR 码的范本:

唐人街国际诊所

这是“驾车直通”的检测点。请留在车内,医护人员将走向您的车窗来进行鼻拭子采样。如有需要,我们提供翻译服务。

3. 获取结果

您的检测结果将在 24-48 小时内准备好。当您的检测有了结果时,您将不会收到通知。但如果您的检测结果为阳性,您将收到电话通知。

贝尔维尤学院

要搜寻您的检测结果,请:
a)使用手机上的相机扫描您的QR 码,或者
b)点击这里输入16 位数的检索代码和您的出生日期

唐人街国际诊所

要搜寻您的检测结果,请:
a)使用手机上的相机扫描以下的QR 码,或

b)上网https://patient.labcorp.com建立一个 LabCorp 帐号,或
c)在手机上下载 LabCorp 患者应用程序
汉语 – How to get your COVID-19 test results

请注意:国际诊所不是紧急医疗机构,我们不提供 COVID-19 的治疗或抗体检测。我们建议您定期浏览金县公共卫生部网站,了解最新的公共卫生资讯。

As cases surge, ICHS brings first free high-volume COVID-19 test site to the Eastside

ICHS COVID-19 TESTING

International Community Health Services (ICHS) is bringing convenient, free COVID-19 testing to the Eastside. On Dec. 15, ICHS opens the first high-capacity COVID-19 test site on the Eastside at Bellevue College, expanding efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in east King County and along the I-90 corridor as local cases continue to spike. The test site is operated by ICHS and hosted by Bellevue College, with support from King County and the City of Bellevue.

People are strongly encouraged, but not required, to register for a testing appointment here. Testing is free and open to anyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

“We are so pleased to work with King County and the City of Bellevue to open this large-scale testing site serving the Eastside and its diverse community members,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “Expanded testing is to the benefit of all Eastside residents during this critical stage of the pandemic. ICHS multilingual staff and providers will play an important role making sure no one is left behind because of language or culture – and all of our friends, neighbors and family members are connected to much-needed health care and testing.”

“I thank International Community Health Services and Bellevue College for their assistance in setting up this new testing site on the Eastside,” said Dow Constantine, King County executive. “This holiday season, the greatest gift we can give our friends and loved ones – and ourselves – is good health and peace of mind. We must remain vigilant to bring this virus under control, and bring our community and economy back stronger than ever.”

The Eastside is home to a number of different language communities – 13.3% of households in Bellevue are limited English speaking compared to six percent of households overall in King County from 2014 to 2018. ICHS regularly provides free on-site and remote interpretation in over 50 languages and dialects at its clinics and its multilingual staff are experienced in meeting the needs of a diverse patient community. The Bellevue College testing site adds to drive-thru testing ICHS currently provides at its International District Medical-Dental Clinic in Seattle.

“It is through these strong partnerships from community providers like ICHS that makes these sites possible,” said Patty Hayes, director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. “ICHS has a long history of providing culturally relevant care and this expertise will be extremely valuable for the diverse language communities we hope will access this site.”

“The new, free testing site at Bellevue College will be a valuable resource for our diverse community, especially as we work together to minimize and ultimately overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lynne Robinson, City of Bellevue mayor. “I want to thank Public Health – Seattle & King County, Bellevue College and operator ICHS for their partnership and for making this testing site a reality. It is also critical that Bellevue residents continue to follow Public Health’s guidance; wear a mask, stay home when you can, avoid indoor gatherings, and quarantine and get tested if you feel sick.”

Getting there

The new test site is located at Bellevue College, 2645 145th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. The entrance is on 148th Ave SE. Drive-thru and limited walk-up testing is available. The test site is available via the 221, 226, 228, 245, and 271 bus lines.

Support for isolation and quarantine

If you have COVID-like symptoms or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges you to avoid contact with others and get tested immediately. Stay home and away from others while you are waiting for test results.

Anyone who tests positive should isolate immediately. For those without a safe place to do so, King County isolation and quarantine sites are available to help people through a difficult situation and reduce risk of transmission. This is especially important for those living with a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (206) 477-3977 to see if isolation and quarantine services are right for you.

ICHS pilots at-home monitoring tools to improve virtual care of high-risk patients

As one of 20 national pilot sites, ICHS patients will screen and manage chronic conditions from home for better preventive health care and virtual visits. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has selected International Community Health Services (ICHS) as one of 20 health centers in 16 states to participate in “Leading Change: Transforming At-Home Care,” a cutting-edge pilot project offering tools for self-care and remote monitoring for better patient health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted ICHS to reimagine how to manage preventive and virtual care for patients with chronic diseases when regular in-person visits are difficult or no longer feasible. Remote patient monitoring can provide providers with important information and context that might otherwise be missed during a virtual visit.

“ICHS is honored to be chosen for this timely initiative,” said Dr. Beth Weitensteiner, assistant medical director of the ICHS Holly Park Clinic,  who will drive ICHS’s participation in the project. “It’s important we continue to see patients with chronic conditions throughout the pandemic. This strategy provides them with tools and information they can use to care for themselves at home with our help. Further empowering patients allows us to better identify new symptoms and potential emergencies, which could be lifesaving.”

Twenty high-risk patients from the ICHS Holly Park Clinic will be given a patient home care kit that includes materials for colorectal cancer screening, a home blood-sugar monitor for diabetes, a blood pressure monitor, a thermometer and scale. They will also receive educational materials and regular virtual visits from ICHS staff and providers.

“This pandemic has shown us how community health center partners can step-up to transform our local healthcare systems and lead us into the future with new blended care delivery models that include at-home self-care integrated with virtual care,” NACHC’s Quality Center said in a written statement. “These steps have the potential to critically improve the way preventive care and chronic diseases are managed during and beyond this pandemic.”

The pilot is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and is designed to capture data through June 2021. Among the outcomes, ICHS will provide lessons and best practices that will be shared with health centers nationally.

With many U.S. adults delaying preventive care and with six in 10 having at least one chronic condition including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, regular health management is a matter of life and death with added COVID-19 risks. A large population of high-risk patients who are more likely to suffer from a disproportionate array of chronic conditions are cared for by community health centers like ICHS.

“ICHS serves a patient population that, because of language or culture, has historically faced difficulty accessing quality, affordable health care,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “While the pandemic has accelerated the acceptance of telehealth and its widespread use, it has also highlighted disparities exacerbated by a digital divide. In participating in this pilot project, ICHS is serving on the forefront of developing innovative practices to bridge the accessibility gap for those who may be otherwise underserved.”

Free COVID-19 testing

Bellevue College COVID Testing

International Community Health Services is now offering free COVID-19 testing at two locations, in Seattle at its International District clinic and at Bellevue College. Testing in Bellevue is made possible through a partnership with King County Public Health, Bellevue College and University of Washington. Drive-thru and walk-up testing is available to everyone regardless of your citizenship/immigration or insurance status.

If you are experiencing symptom(s) and you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, get tested immediately! If you have no symptoms, but have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, wait 5-7 days from the date of exposure to get tested.

What you’ll need to get free testing

  • A photo ID with your date of birth. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status.
  • Insurance card, if you have insurance. If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, please provide this information and the lab will bill them. You will not be charged for the test.
  • You do not need to have insurance or a provider’s note to schedule a test.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

1. Schedule a test

Choose a testing location below. Please register online before going to a location. On-site registration is not available at the ID Clinic.

Bellevue College

Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
2645 145th Ave SE, Bellevue

If you need help with registration for the Bellevue College location, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.), at 206.477.3977. If you need in-language assistance, please tell us in English the language you need. We will then connect you with an interpreter.

ICHS International District Clinic

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
720 8th Ave S, Seattle

If you need help with registration for the ID Clinic location, call ICHS (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), at 206.788.3700. We also provide language assistance. Testing is prioritized if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had contact with anyone who is COVID-19 positive.

2. Visit the testing site

Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your appointment. Wear your face covering when visiting the site. The process will take about 15 minutes.

Bellevue College

After the test, remember to save the paper of the QR code or take a photo of the paper that is given to you at the test site. Below is an example of the QR code:

ICHS International District Clinic

This is a drive-thru test site. Stay in your car. A health care provider will approach your car window to swab your nose. Translation is available if you need language assistance.

3. Get your results

Your results will be ready in 24-48 hours. You will not receive a notification when your results are available. You will receive a phone call if your test results are positive.

Bellevue College

To find your results, either:
a) Scan your QR code using the camera app on your phone, OR
b) Click here to enter the 16-digit retrieval code and your birth date

ICHS International District Clinic

To find your results, either:
a) Scan the QR code below using the camera app on your phone, OR

b) Create a LabCorp account at https://patient.labcorp.com, OR
c) Download the LabCorp patient app on your phone
Tiếng Việt – How to get your COVID-19 test results

Please note: ICHS is not an emergency medical facility and we are not providing COVID-19 treatment or antibody testing. We recommend regularly visiting the King County Department of Public Health website for the most up-to-date public health information.

ICHS Foundation seeks executive director as Ron Chew retires

Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation director and Heidi Wong, AiPACE capital campaign manger, visiting Olympia to advocate for AiPACE.

International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation is searching for a new executive director as Ron Chew retires on January 1. Chew has led the ICHS Foundation for the past 10 years, effectively steering the recruitment of an active board of directors and new fundraising and capital campaign initiatives, as well as building a vibrant network of support.

Ron at Shoreline
Ron Chew with Dan Eernissee, economic development program manager at the City of Shoreline, during construction of the ICHS Shoreline clinic in 2014.

“Thanks to Ron’s strong leadership, the ICHS Foundation is well-positioned to welcome new leadership in support of ICHS’s vision and promise of affordable health care for all,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “His many contributions ensure ICHS and the Foundation will continue to serve our communities and meet our patients’ needs far beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and for generations to come.”

Chew recently completed his memoir, “My Unforgotten Seattle,” and says he is looking forward to spending time on more writing projects. Chew made indelible imprints on the community over the years, as a longtime editor of the International Examiner, a visionary leader reimagining the Wing Luke Museum, and now as the director who built the capacity and potential of the ICHS Foundation. As he transitions into retirement, he will continue to support Aging in PACE (AiPACE), a partnership between ICHS and Kin On, in its $20 million capital campaign to build and operate a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to care for those who are qualified for nursing home care but want to stay in the community and live in their own homes.

“It’s been a privilege to have served ICHS during the later stages of its evolution from a ramshackle one-room storefront clinic into a full service health care provider with 11 different sites,” said Chew. “I look forward to continuing to assist ICHS and Kin On with raising funds to complete the ‘aging-in-place’ site on Beacon Hill.”

Chew previously served as executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum from 1991 to 2007, setting its course to become a culturally thriving and financially viable institution. Before that, he worked for over 13 years as editor of the International Examiner, where he was instrumental in a larger movement to recognize the role of ethnic and neighborhood newspapers in anchoring healthy communities.

Established in 2007, the ICHS Foundation’s mission is to build donor support from individuals, businesses, community partners and private foundations to sustain charity care provided at ICHS clinics and to bridge operational shortfalls that are not covered through public resources.

See the job listing here. For more information, please call 206.788.3672 or email foundation@ichs.com.

2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Now you can enroll, renew or change your health plan through Washington HealthplanFinder. There are more plans to chose from, including a new, affordable health plan option called Cascade Care. Take time to compare plans as you may qualify for a low-cost one.

Open Enrollment Calendar DateImportant Dates

Nov. 1 – Open enrollment begins

Dec. 15 – Last day to register for a health plan that begins Jan. 2021

Jan. 15 – Last day to register for a health plan that begins Feb. 2021

If you miss open enrollment, you cannot enroll in a health plan unless you have a special qualifying “life event”.

ICHS is here to help

ICHS provides free help to our patients and for anyone seeking to enroll or renew their health insurance. Schedule an appointment with one of our multilingual outreach and enrollment navigators. They can explain your health plan options and assist you with enrolling.

Our staff speak languages including: Amharic, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Toisanese), Korean, Russian, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese.

Call (206) 788-3700 to schedule an appointment. We are only accepting appointments by phone.

Learn more about ICHS insurance assistance.

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.

PACE programs shift senior health care to the home during COVID-19

ICHS
Seniors in the ICHS PACE program ‘age in place’ in their homes and neighborhood. Rick Wong photo.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately hit nursing home residents it has drawn attention to the benefits of the nation’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs, which allow frail seniors to “age in place” in their own home instead of a nursing home. Enrolled seniors are safer from infection because they are supported to thrive at home.

Janet joined PACE in August 2019 so she could continue living at her home in Seattle’s Greenwood area. She was delighted that her insurance covered the International Community Health Services (ICHS) PACE program and enjoyed the adult day services at ICHS Legacy House.

When COVID-19 began spreading in King County, “PACE made a series of quick and abrupt decisions,” said Dr. Kannie Chim, ICHS PACE medical director. After weeks of declining visits, on March 9, in the interest of patient safety, Legacy House closed group activities. “The team had to pivot to reaching people through other means.”

Staff made weekly phone calls to check on participants’ and share information. Knowing that many lacked safe transportation options, PACE staff began delivering food coordinated by PACE dietitians so participants could continue sheltering in place. The PACE team also increased home visits to ensure seniors received the care they needed to stay healthy.

“Doctors, physical therapists, nurses, almost everyone comes to your home to check on you,” said Janet. “I’ve had home safety checks and they are very careful.”

PACE staff also taught Janet how to connect to telehealth services. “Everyone in the program is motivated and responsive to patients,” she said. “I like it, especially during this difficult period.”

 

Healthy aging at home

PACE programs are individually designed for each participant and managed by a team. Care is interdisciplinary—a social needs analysis and investigation into individual health barriers are part of the program. Care is culturally competent, able to meet participant needs with respect to cultural traditions, language and preferences. The goal is to allow individuals to safely live in their community for as long as possible. When that is no longer feasible, PACE can coordinate transitions that keep the participant centered in his or her care.

“It’s team-based,” said Dr. Chim. “At PACE, we say ‘Let us take all of this and put it under one roof and take care of it. Let us help, we are going to coordinate this.’”

Mei and her husband live in the Chinatown-International District (C-ID) neighborhood of Seattle. Before the pandemic, PACE drivers would pick up Mei’s husband three times a week and take him to ICHS Legacy House for medical care, physical therapy and activities. The couple continue to live in their C-ID apartment while Mei’s husband receives the primary care he needs, staying connected to multiple services to help keep him healthy.

PACE team members include doctors, therapists, nutritionists, drivers, behavioral health specialists, social workers and administrative staff to coordinate an individualized care plan.

Many ICHS PACE participants take part in adult day services and social activities at ICHS Legacy House. They may also receive care within their own home that ranges from therapy and medical visits, to meal deliveries and home safety assessments.

To be eligible for PACE, participants must be 55 or older and in need of nursing home level of care as defined by Washington state.

Most participants “join the PACE program needing a little help,” explained Dr. Chim. “You are living at home and can get around and still do your daily activities, but you are just getting by. We want to help participants not only survive, but thrive.”

 

Setting the PACE ahead

During the pandemic, long-term care facilities have been especially vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19. Seniors face compounding challenges, including heightened risk of infection, transportation barriers, limited access to telehealth and other difficulties.

“Offering well-coordinated, community-based health care, socialization and living support is a priority throughout this pandemic and in the future,” commented Teresita Batayola, ICHS President & CEO. “For us, PACE is the future.”

ICHS, in partnership with Kin On Health Care Center (Kin On), is taking a bold step to create a better future for elders. Established in 2015, the partnership, called Aging in PACE Washington (AiPACE), will pioneer the nation’s first aging-in-place program for the Asian Pacific Islander community. A $20 million capital campaign is underway to create a 25,000-square-foot PACE center on the north lot of Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

AiPACE’s facility will provide a home base for culturally-competent, in-language care for AAPI elders. It is also part of a collaborative development with affordable workforce housing by the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) and childcare center operated by El Centro de la Raza.

One-Year Anniversary Party
On Aug. 28, 2020, International Community Health Services (ICHS) staff celebrated the first anniversary of ICHS PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), a state and federally funded program designed to help seniors “age in place” at home. Rick Wong photo.