Minh Nguyen-Wichman

Community Advocate

Languages:
Vietnamese, English

Projects/Services:
In-Person-Assistor, screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol, Hep B, C, BCCHP, diabetes, smoking cessation information, and voter registration

Basically, I am their voice and I am there if they have any concerns or needs. I hope to help new immigrant families settle down by providing information and support.

Locations:
Chinatown / International District, churches, temples, ACRS, ReWA, Tukkila Martyrs Catholic church, Co Lam temple, Duoc su temple, grocery stores, nail and hair salons

Biography: 
I like to work as a community advocate at ICHS because the things I do daily are close to my heart. I can help the community and new immigrant families with their first steps in a new place. I’ve been there and done that, and I know how difficult it can be as a new immigrant. I want to work with families to help them through the process of growing healthy and happy in their new country.

Sefie Cabiao

Community Advocate

Languages:
Tagalog, Ilocano, English

Projects/Services:
Mammogram/pap information and recruitment, digital stories, Affordable Care Act recruiment, voter registration, organize health and resource fairs, networking with other non profits, outreach to underserved communities, home visits

Locations
Holly Park clinic, Seattle Goodwill and Training School, churches, schools, senior programs, farmers markets

Biography:
Since 1998, I have had 17 years of continued service at ICHS. Before that, I had an internship at office of Senator Patty Murray as office assistant. I have also been a part of the International District Housing Alliance since 1992 and assisted in ID Asian Pacific elderly outreach projects to assess elderly in need of assistance to social services. I work here because ICHS is close to home and I love the diversity and friendliness of coworkers. My favorite parts of the job are teaching classes about diabetes awareness and health in general, participating in community events, familiarizing myself with resources and community kitchens.

Angela Wan

Community Advocate

Languages:
Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, English

Projects/Services:
Diabetes class, Self-management class, Hosting two support groups once a month, Line Dance class at Chinatown Community Center for diabetes class participants & seniors, helping Community Kitchen activity at Chinatown Community Center once a month, outreach at Uwajimaya once a month (free blood sugar and blood pressure check), visiting International House and Wisteria View Manor Senior Apartment once a month.

Locations:
Chinatown / International District

Biography: 
Before starting at ICHS in January 2004, I was a Chinese Interpreter for immigration and customs at Sea-Tac airport. At ICHS, I enjoy meeting peoples and working with seniors.

Jiwon Kim

Lead Community Advocate

Languages:
Korean, English

Projects/Services:
In-Person-Assistor, voter registration, exercise class for seniors, BCCHP recruiting, outreach, health fairs, blood pressure screening

Locations:
Based at ID Clinic, but also working frequently in Shoreline

Biography: 
I started working at ICHS in 2013 and I’ve worked at World Vision for 10 years before ICHS. I like ICHS because it is like a melting pot and everyone here has a warm heart to serve people. The most favorite part of my job is that I can reach out and help so many people who need to access health care and I can hear from them many touching stories about their lives. I am so happy everyday because I can do something for them.

Community Kitchen: Good Health with Your Next Meal

Cooking and food play a central part in many families, and it is in our kitchens where we have a lot of choice into what goes into our bodies. Community Kitchens were born out of the idea that healthy meals can be delicious and ought to be shared among friends and family. Every month at the International District/Chinatown community center, our AmeriCorps team carefully selects one healthy recipe to teach us. Staying healthy starts with your next meal. Join us for our next community kitchen!

Join Us Every Fourth Thursday

Do you enjoy cooking with others and learning to make new recipes? Do you have a passion for experiencing culinary dishes from other cultures? If so, please consider joining us for our next community kitchen. On the fourth Thursday of each month, our Patient Navigators plan a delicious and healthy recipe to share with participants. These events offer seniors a chance to interact and share cooking techniques with each other. At community kitchen, we encourage participants to contribute to the preparation process and to eat together once our meal is finished. This event is free and open to the public, however, donations would be greatly appreciated. Stop by this month at the International District/Chinatown community center, and help us whip up a meal together!

Where: International District Community Center, 719 8th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Healthy Asian Recipes Cookbook

Want to prepare a delicious Asian meal that is low fat, low salt or low sugar? These recipes are ideal for people with diabetes. They include: Green mango salad (Cambodian), seaweed soup (Korean), lemon grass curry sauce (Cambodian), chicken adobo (Filipino), soybean stir fry with vegetables and ginger (Chinese), steamed fish (Filipino), steamed chicken with black mushrooms (Chinese) and papaya sherbert (Vietnamese). Please view cookbooks in your preferred language below:

Chinese Cookbook (中文)
Vietnamese Cookbook (Tiếng Việt)
Korean Cookbook (한국어)
Tagalog Cookbook
Khmer Cookbook (ខ្មែរ)

 

Recipes

December 2015 – Dumpling Recipe
November 2015 – Healthier Sushi Rolls with Brown Rice & Quinoa
October 2015 – Spring Rolls Recipe (Bo Bia)

Civic Engagement

Get involved in your community

Our votes and participation in public discourse impact how we live, work, learn and play. However, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Latinos have the lowest voter registration rates when compared to other ethnic groups. Find out how you can make your voice heard to advocate for yourself, your family, and your community.

Resources

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Unofficial ballot drop-off locations
To view a map of unofficial ballot drop-off locations, click here.

Official ballot drop-off locations
See here for drop-off locations in King County

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In-language materials
Voting materials are available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Spanish. Click here to update your language preferences.

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What’s on my ballot?
Find out the candidates and measures on your ballot based on where you live here.


Get Out the Vote with ICHS!
Community Advocate Minh Wichman-Nguyen explains how to vote on your ballot.

Enrollment

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The open enrollment period for 2017 started. You are able to enroll or renew your health insurance plan from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. In order to be insured by January of 2017, you must have renewed your plan or selected a new plan by December 23, 2016.

Make an appointment with a Certified Navigators at ICHS today by calling (206) 788-3700 or come to our Saturday walk-ins for health insurance enrollment. (See the details information below)

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Quick links

Make an appointment
Affordable Care Act Guidebook 2016 (English)

What to bring to enrollment appointment

  • Permanent Residence Card (green card), passport, or naturalization certificate
  • ID card or driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • Most recent 3 months proof of income (pay stubs, business quarterly reports, other documents)
  • Most recent 1040 tax return form
  • Employer sponsored insurance card and information
  • Credit card, debit card or prepaid card

Health Plan Finder

To enroll online click on the following link:

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Meet our Community Advocates

Community Advocates are community health workers who provide multilingual and multicultural services to traditionally underserved communities. They conduct health education classes, provide patient navigation and advocate on behalf of the communities they serve. Their services range from diabetes education classes to advocating for greater access to green space and promoting cancer prevention screening.

Rana Amini
Health Advocacy Manager

Jiwon Kim
Community Advocate Coordinator
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Blanca Lujan-Westrich
Community Advocate Coordinator
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Farm Sirisisangpha
Community Advocate
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Angela Wan
Community Advocate
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Duby Eduviges Monteros
Community Advocate
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Stephanie Pimienta, ICHS Community Advocate

Stephanie Pimienta
Community Advocate
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Minh Nguyen
Community Advocate
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Irene Chen
Community Advocate
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Miran Hothi
Community Advocate
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Hoa Tran
Health Educator

Crissa/Hye-Young Lee
Health Educator

Dong Lao
Health Educator

Veronica Kim
Women’s Preventive Health Services Coordinator

Siyan Xu
Women’s Preventive Health Services Associate

Nina Le
Women’s Preventive Health Services Associate