Stephanie Pimienta

Stephanie Pimienta, ICHS Community AdvocateCommunity Advocate

Languages:
Spanish, English

Projects/Services:
Assist with  Apple Health and QHP enrollment,  ORCA LIFT Enrollment, Voter Registration.  Provide outreach and health education on cancer prevention, women’s health, chronic diseases, insurance access, and other general health information to individuals, families, and groups in the community and at ICHS clinics. Connect clients to resources within ICHS and to outside agencies.

Locations:
Shoreline Clinic, Hopelink center, YMCA, Shoreline/LFP Senior Center, school events, health fairs, churches

Biography:
My desire to understand the health experiences of community members stemmed from my early childhood, in which I lived in Section 8 housing in Shoreline. My Section 8 community was largely comprised of immigrant families that faced numerous barriers as they pursued health, legal, educational, and professional opportunities. My experiences since then have come together to leave me very engaged with the subject of social equity and the pursuit of providing everyone their rightful human access to quality health care.

ICHS truly is a melting pot and every day is a learning experience when I’m able to engage and with co-workers and patients from all parts of the world! My greatest strengths include my passion and profound respect for multicultural experiences and diversity.

When I joined in the Fall of 2016, I knew I wanted to be a part of ICHS because it is known as a pioneer in providing culturally appropriate and language services for the immigrant and refugee populations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Aleks Poseukova

Community Advocate

Languages:
Russian, English

Projects/Services:
I do enrollments in Apple Health and QHP; assist with voter registration; provide information on mammograms and breast cancer; and provide health education as well as connecting clients with resources.

Locations:
I work for Bellevue clinics, but I also go to the ID clinic, churches, community centers, Crossroad mall and colleges

Biography: 
I started working for ICHS in the summer of 2015, and I love it because I get to help people, work close to my community in my native language, meet many amazing people from many different organizations and learn more about the diversity of our state. By helping people to get access to affordable care and providing information on preventive care, we make our communities stronger.

Miran Hothi

Community Advocate

Languages:
Punjabi, Hindi, English

Projects/Services:
IPA / Health Enrollment, health outreach classes and information

Locations:
Bellevue area

Biography: 
I have an interest in health advocacy and the favorite part of my job is to provide help for those who are medically underprivileged and underserved.

Bella Jaranow

DSC_0209Community Advocate

Languages:
English and Somali

Projects/Services:
Health education, Provide information on breast cancer and mammograms, Hepatitis B, and Nutrition,Voter Registration, Resource Connection, Community engagement

Locations:
ICHS Holly Park/ID Clinic, Mosques, Community centers, Health Fairs

Biography: 
I started working at ICHS during the summer of 2015. It has been incredible working for ICHS as a Community Advocate. It has been exactly what I have been looking for because it has provided me with the opportunity to educate and serve my community.

Duby Monteros

Community Advocate

Languages:
Spanish, English

Projects/Services:
I provide outreach, referrals, and education services to the Hispanic community to inform them of the health services that ICHS has available for them. I also provide IPA / Enrollment services, voter registration, and women’s health information

Locations:
ICHS-Bellevue clinic, churches, community centers, schools, and special community events

Biography: 
I started working at ICHS in March of 2015.  Before that, I worked as a Social Worker for the Bellevue School District’s Head Start program as well as providing interpreter and translation services at PSESD. I work at ICHS because I find it rewarding to make a difference in the lives of the people in the Hispanic community by introducing them to the accessible services that ICHS provides. My favorite part about the job is meeting new people and being able to make a difference in their lives. An added benefit of the job is that I am able to practice my bilingual language skills.

Blanca Lujan-Westrich

Community Advocate

Languages:
English, Spanish

Services:
IPA / Enrollment, health classes , community resources , voter registration

Locations: 
Based in ICHS Bellevue but I frequent the ID office, elementary schools, community centers, small businesses, Crossroads Mall, restaurants, health fairs and the Mexican Consulate

Biography:
I started working at ICHS in July 2015. Before ICHS, I lived in Phoenix and was working for The American Academy of Pediatrics (also a non-profit) as a Care Coordinator at two pediatric practices for the past 5 years. It has truly been a blessing working for ICHS as I was looking to work for an organization that is committed to healthcare and is passionate about the community. ICHS is everything I was looking for in an employer, plus it gives me an opportunity to engage with community members and network with other organizations. My favorite part about my job is being able to connect with my community, advocate for them and provide them the resources they need.

Farm Sirisisangpha

DSC_0166

Community Advocate

Languages:
Mien, Laos, English

Services:
ICHS outreach,  women’s health education, IPA / Enrollment recruitment, voter registration and outreach

Locations: local churches, grocery stores, and libraries

Biography: I have been working at ICHS since 1990 when it was still a small store-front clinic. Before ICHS I was working at an embroidery company and interpreter at an Indu-Chinese language bank. My favorite part of my job is talking to people and I feel happy that I can help people.

Ofa Vea

Community Advocate

Languages:
Tongan, English

Projects/Services:
Health fairs, community outreach, Komen, BCCHP, voter registration

Locations:
ICHS – Holly Park Clinic, churches, and community Centers

Biography:
Before joining ICHS, I worked for The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Children Family Services as a Children Protected Services from 2009-2010. I was also a Behavior Health Therapist from 2010-2014. I joined ICHS because I see a need of service for my fellow  Pacific Islander communities. I enjoy meeting with the people who are needing and open to services, and I feel humble getting to meet the people in the communities.

Irene Chen

Community Advocate

Languages:
Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Projects/Services:
Co-lead two women support groups each month, regular outreach at the Chinese Information Service Center (CISC), Goodwill and Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS), health fairs, voter registration, Cervical/Breast Screening, Hep-B Screening, Health Food & Parks projects with Puget Sound Energy & Interim CDA

Locations:
Chinatown / International District

Biography: 
Before joining ICHS, I worked for Denise Louie Education Center for 21 years. I also taught piano lesson in Hong Kong when I was sixteen until I was twenty. My first job in America was playing piano at 2 restaurants in ID until I found a job with Ivar Haglund.