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.

AAPIs with chronic mental health issues see overall health improvement when they gain access to primary health care

The health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who are receiving treatment for severe mental illness may benefit from including primary care as part of their overall treatment program, according to a new report.

A review of the lessons learned from the Wellness for Asian Pacific Americans Project (WAPA), a primary and behavioral health integrated care project implemented in partnership by International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), showed that health indicators for AAPIs living with serious mental illness (SMI) improved with better access to primary care.

The finding was reported in a special edition of the AAPI Nexus Journal.

AAPIs living with SMI are adversely affected by health disparities and face significant personal, social, economic, and environmental stressors that impact their physical and mental health status. The goal of WAPA, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), is to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of low income, limited English proficient AAPI immigrants and refugees living with SMI.

“Based on preliminary data, people’s health is improving, they are feeling better, and they are getting more connected with their community,” said Michael McKee, ICHS health services and community partnership director, who co-authored the report.

McKee spoke about the report at a press conference March 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to launch the journal’s special edition.

“Health indicators for patients who were tracked — including their blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and cholesterol levels — improved as well as quality of life as their access to primary care improved,” said Yoon Joo Han, ACRS behavioral health director, co-author of the report.

Their report was published in a special edition of AAPI Nexus Journal, a national journal focusing on policies, practices and community research published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. The journal’s special edition was dedicated to Federally Qualified Health Centers serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

The authors noted that the program could have implications related to health care reform and applicability to similar programs since their target population often disproportionately deals with serious health issues, including greater risk for diabetes and early deaths, as compared to the general population.

WAPA reduces barriers and increases access for AAPIs with SMI by bringing an ICHS primary care team into a community mental health setting at the ACRS site. WAPA seamlessly engages the population in wellness activities, health education, and dental care in a supportive community environment that promotes overall health.

A key element of the care model was the integration of the ACRS case manager into the health care team, as the case manager often acted as interpreter, cultural mediator, patient navigator, health educator, and treatment plan care coordinator.

The report authors said improved health outcomes may have resulted in cost savings and are convinced that the model of care may be successfully replicated and sustained elsewhere, if care is delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the abstract of the report, click here.

Photo Caption: Researchers, scholars, and program managers gathered March 17 in Washington, DC., to launch the special edition of AAPI Nexus Journal. From left to right: Dr. Huong Lee, Asian Health Services Dental Director; Dr. Kimberly S.G. Chang, Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow of Minority Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Rosy Chang Weir, Director of Research at AAPCHO; Dr. Shao-Chee Sim, Chief Strategy Officer at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, NYC; Michael McKee, Health Services and Community Partnership Director, ICHS; Dr. Thu Quach, Director of Community Health and Research at Asian Health Services; Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, professor of Public Health and Asian American Studies at UCLA; Dr. Ninez Ponce, professor of Public Health and director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health at UCLA.

For more information about ICHS and ACRS, please visit: www.ichs.com and www.acrs.org

 

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About ICHS
Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health WIC, and health education services. ICHS’ four full-service medical and dental clinics — located in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods; and in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline — serve over 20,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com

 

About ACRS
Asian Counseling and Referral Service was founded in 1973, and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest pan-Asian Pacific Islander community based behavioral health and human services organizations.  ACRS serves 27,000 clients in King County in 40 languages and dialects and  helps families and community members, from youth to seniors, with a holistic continuum of culturally competent and linguistically accessible mental health services, and with our partners, primary care and dental care.  ACRS also offers recovery services for substance use disorder, problem gambling, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention; job readiness and placement; English as a Second Language, citizenship classes and naturalization services; civic engagement activities; youth leadership development programs; and wellness training, food and nutrition assistance and support for elders and people with disabilities.visit.www.acrs.org

ICHS program trains health professionals to give care in community settings

Newly graduated Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) may receive health care training in a unique community health setting through the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

 

Applications for the program are now being accepted through April 1.

 

ICHS ARNP Residency Program Administrator DoQuyen Huynh, DNP-FNP, said the program, now in its second year, offers a valuable training opportunity for nurse practitioners, especially those who want to work in community health settings, to serve traditionally underserved populations.

 

“ICHS has a very unique population. We serve many new immigrants, refugees, low-income, and other patients who often fall through the cracks due to health care access barriers,” Dr. Huynh said. “Nurse practitioners who want to work with these populations tend to be very passionate about what they do. However, unless they receive training in this kind of setting, they are often overwhelmed with the population complexity, or burn out quickly. What we do is we take their passion to the next level, to better prepare them for a career in community health.”

 

Competitive candidates will be accepted to a one-year salaried intensive education program, focused on family practice with specialty clinical rotations. The residency is open to recent graduates of accredited nurse practitioner programs in the United States.

 

For more information about the ICHS Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and to download an application form, please visit: www.ichs.com

 

Photo caption: DoQuyen Huynh, DNP-FNP, (right) ICHS ARNP Residency Program Administrator, conducts a briefing on clinical work assignments and issues with program residents (from left) Jean Baumgardner, Kimberly Lee-Cooper, Megan Wilbert, and the program’s deputy administrator, Chris Yee, M.D.

 

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About ICHS
Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health WIC, and health education services. ICHS’ four full-service medical and dental clinics — located in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods; and in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline — serve over 20,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically-underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com

Annie Kwan

Annie Kwan ICHS Dentist. Seattle-International DistrictWork Location:

Seattle – International District

Languages:

English, Mandarin

Year Joined ICHS:

2015

Degree:

DDS

Education:

Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX

Why I Work at ICHS:

I enjoy encountering patients from around the world. This is a wonderful health care facility founded with the mission to serve an international community of people from so many diverse backgrounds. I have a passion for community health, and ICHS allows me to realize my passion and use my culture and language to serve our patients.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Prevention and education are the first line of defense in healthcare, and I want to empower our patients with the knowledge they need for their optimal health. I work to ensure patients know their options and help to guide them in making their own health care decisions.

Interesting Note About Myself:

During my time off, I volunteer once a week at the Seattle Aquarium. I am a huge fan of the underwater world!! I am a certified scuba diver, and every time I dive, I can’t help but be in awe of the world beneath the surface.