Julia Wang

Location:

International District

Language:

English, Mandarin

Medical Degree:

Medical Doctor

Education:

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Certification:

ACLS, ALSO, BLS

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS’s mission to providing community focused healthcare is incredibly inspiring. I am honored to work alongside practitioners and staff who have been serving the ID community for decades.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Culturally competent healthcare is a basic human right that everyone deserves, regardless of race, gender, sex, class, education, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love cooking and trying out new recipes.

Erin Olanrewaju

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner

Education:

University of Washington (DNP, BS Nursing); Seattle Pacific University (BA Biology, BA Chemistry)

certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS partners with patients and the community in the greater Seattle area to promote health and provide high quality healthcare in a manner that reflects the community’s diverse cultural values and beliefs. The core values and mission of ICHS mirror my own penchant for social justice and advocacy.

Patient Care Philosophy:

A trusting patient-provider relationship which acknowledges the inherent strengths of each person is the core of effective primary care. My role as a Family Nurse Practitioner is to acknowledge and integrate the beliefs of my patients in order to provide relevant healthcare services that improve the health of our community one person and one family at a time.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I enjoy running, reading, travel and spending time with my family.

Ana Short

Location:

Seattle World School

Language:

English, Spanish

Medical Degree:

M Ed, BA

Education:

M Ed counseling, Wichita State University
BA sociology, University of Washington

certification:

LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Why I Work at ICHS:

The focus of my work has been working with youth who have been underserved and have experienced trauma. The mission and values
of ICHS make it a positive work environment that allows me to continue that work. This is why I want to be part of this dynamic organization.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe patients are the focus treatment and utilizing their strengths that is culturally and linguistically appropriate is key for wellness. Also, I believe patient care needs to be accessible for all.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I enjoy long-distance running, cooking and travel.

Kannie Chim

Location:

Legacy House

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

MD

Education:

Swarthmore College

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency

certification:

American Board of Family Medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

My parents immigrated to the Midwest of the United States from Cambodia in the late 1970s. My trajectory here is a story of opportunity, dedication and a healthy dose of luck. I am honored to serve a community of individuals who made my path possible, within an organization dedicated to health equity and access for all.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I trained in the vast world of family medicine and found my niche in geriatrics. My patients lead diverse lives often prone to quick change. My goal is to be a dedicated presence while closely tailoring their medical care to support a lifetime of well-being. 

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love studying transit maps and airport codes. Quiz me anytime!

Stephanie Thanh Thao Ngo

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, conversational Vietnamese

Medical Degree:

MD

Education:

Duke University School of Medicine
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine (residency)

certification:

board certified in family medicine
buprenorphine/Suboxone prescriber

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS has cared for my family and friends and is a place of which I hold a deep gratitude. It is through this personal experience that I know ICHS is a home for its community. I believe ICHS is intentional in serving its community in a culturally sensitive and competent way. I feel so privileged to be able to become part of the team here.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that patients should be at the center of their care and that it is the provider’s role to facilitate a patient’s journey in health. Health is not only a person’s physical well-being, but a complex relationship between mental health, spirituality, and socioeconomic context.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I grew up in the International District/Chinatown area where many of my extended family lives and my parents had a small printing shop. I am an avid rock climber and enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my family.

Jenny Chu

Locations:

International District, Shoreline, Holly Park, Bellevue

Languages:

English, Vietnamese

Degree:

MS in Nutrition

Education:

Bastyr University — MS Nutrition
UCLA — BS Neuroscience

Certification:

Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am passionate about increasing healthcare access and equity. I believe that healthcare can be individualized to integrate culture into care, and ICHS’s mission and core values align with that philosophy.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I collaborate with patients to optimize their health using a patient-centered and holistic approach that utilizes multidisciplinary healthcare providers. I strive to translate clinical recommendations into interventions that are not only culturally appropriate, but also considerate of the patient’s environmental, mental, and social health. My counseling style focuses on the individuality of each patient to create sustainable, healthy behavior and lifestyle changes.

Interesting Note about myself:

My interests and hobbies include plays, musicals, board games, ice hockey and travel.

Kimberly V

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Education:

University of Washington

certification:

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee

Why I Work at ICHS:

To be part of an energetic and positive work environment where the values of cultural diversity are celebrated through the access and delivery of quality healthcare services.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I respect that each individual is an expert in their own body, mind and spirit and that as partners, we will develop a plan together to meet your life goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I am originally from Tennessee and moved to the West Coast to be near the water. I like to swim and enjoy spending time at the dog park with Roscoe, my nine-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback.

ICHS expands free legal services for patients

International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) today announced the expansion of a program that gives access to free legal services for ICHS patients. Low income patients referred from ICHS’s Shoreline Clinic can now meet with ELAP’s attorneys for free legal advice. The announcement follows the launch of similar services at the ICHS Bellevue Clinic in October 2018.

“We’ve seen a positive impact for patients at our Bellevue Clinic and we are thrilled to work with ELAP to bring the same to Shoreline,” said Kimo Hirayama, assistant medical director at the ICHS Shoreline Clinic. ”Many of our patients are immigrants or refugees who face unique challenges or vulnerable circumstances. In providing access to qualified legal experts, we hope to address issues that put families’ health at risk and threaten our communities.”

ELAP experts can help patients on a wide range of civil matters, including those related to public benefits, housing, education and employment, legal status and family law issues.

“The Medical-Legal Partnership was founded on the idea that the most effective health care services target health problems at the source,” said Dorothy Leggett, ELAP MLP staff attorney. “We know that legal issues are stressors that can negatively impact a patient’s health and the community’s wellbeing. By working alongside health care teams to help patients assert their legal rights, we hope to increase access to free civil legal aid and improve overall health outcomes.”

Services are available to qualifying King County residents who fall below 200% of the federal poverty level, which was $50,200 for a family of four in 2019. The health care teams at ICHS work closely with ELAP’s legal aid attorneys to identify patients who qualify. Referred patients will meet with an attorney for sessions that can be scheduled at either the ICHS Bellevue or Shoreline Clinic.

For more information about free legal help available to ICHS patients, please call 206-788-3700.

Ngan Tran

Location:

International District

Language:

Vietnamese and English

Medical Degree:

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Education:

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

certification:

Registered Dental Hygienist

Why I Work at ICHS:

As a proud immigrant from Vietnam, I understand how the health care system is different in other countries compared to the United States. In my humble opinion, it is important to be open and understanding and accepting of other cultures in order to provide compassionate care. My mission is to build trusting relationships with patients, addressing and eliminating patient uncertainties and fear when they walk into our clinic.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I strongly believe that each patient deserves undivided attention and excellent care every time they sit in one of our chairs. Therefore, my goal is to treat all patients like family and to work with them towards optimal health.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love the water and being surrounded by nature. I also love sports and recently signed up for acting classes. Having a good balance between work and other activities keeps me at my best when patients come to ICHS.