Melinda Greensweig

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

MSN

Education:

University of Indianapolis

Certification:

FNP-C

Why I Work at ICHS:

I wanted to work at a federally qualified health center which aligned with my values and passion as a provider. I view health as not only physical, but mental and social and I value ICHS’s approach to address the social determinants of health in a patient-centered medical home. I chose to do a residency at ICHS because I believe that providers must have time to master a vast body of knowledge and integrate evidence-based medicine into their clinical practice.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Five heads are better than one. I believe integrating a collaborative care approach to patient care improves outcomes. As a new provider, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from other providers and specialists. Everyone is entitled to quality health care and my goal is to learn and grow so that I can deliver the best care possible to my patients.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I have lived in three countries (China, Israel, US), and seven states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Washington).

Emily Biddulph

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English, some Spanish

Medical Degree:

DNP-FNP, MSN-PNP

Education:

University of Washington (DNP, Family Practice)
State University of New York (MSN, Child Health)
University of Illinois (BSN)

Certification:

Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner

Why I Work at ICHS:

I love working with and caring for people of all ages from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that all people should have access to quality health care as a fundamental human right. I believe that establishing positive provider-patient relationships and emphasizing prevention, continuity and holistic care can lead to healthier patients and communities. It is important to advocate for human rights both as a health provider and a national/global citizen.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I have lived in five U.S. states and four countries (Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Spain, Thailand). I love to travel and spend time outside.

Jessica To

Location:

Shoreline

Language(s):

English, Vietnamese

Medical Degree:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Education:

University of Washington, DNP
University of Washington, BA, sociology & BS, nursing

Certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner, AANP Certified (FNP-C)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am passionate about providing culturally sensitive care for families and communities of diverse backgrounds. I hope to ensure high-quality care across the lifespan that is collaborative, holistic and individualized.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I seek to partner with patients and families in optimizing their health and wellbeing. I strongly believe that developing an open, trusting relationship with patients and families will help me better serve them and support them in enhancing their health outcomes and achieving health equity.

Interesting Note About Myself:

During my free time, I enjoy playing games (board, cards, video games) with friends and family. We also enjoy having karaoke parties at home.

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.

Sun and Family Fun at the 2020 Lunar New Year 5K

Lunar New Year 5k

Despite a forecast of rain, sunny skies greeted runners and walkers for the fourth annual ICHS Foundation Lunar New Year 5k on February 23. The event raised $30,000 to support health care access for families who couldn’t otherwise afford it, taking place on the Interurban Trail just blocks away from the ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic.

Approximately 300 attendees ranged in age from 1 to 88, including one family of participants that included three generations – the parents running and grandparents walking with grandchildren. Highlights included a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the International Lion Dance Team and a lively group warmup led by Toshiko Aramaki, a Shoreline-area exercise instructor.

“It was wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying themselves for a great cause,” said Ron Chew, ICHS foundation director. “We look forward to building upon this year’s success, so start training for the Lunar New Year 5k in 2021, the Year of the Ox!”

The event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of many volunteers, sponsors and partners from within the community. The City of Shoreline and Aurora Rents were Presenting Sponsors. Race check-in was held in Shoreline City Hall and the Lunar New Year performance and vendors in the courtyard of Aurora Rents.

Volunteers from the Shoreline Fire Department donated time as medical emergency responders, while international education students from Shoreline Community College helped serve as event staff. Local organizations with a presence included the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park chapter of the League of Women Voters, Shoreline Senior Center and Prevail Physical Therapy.

Presenting Sponsors:

  • Aurora Rents
  • City of Shoreline

Platinum Sponsor:

  • Swedish Hospital

Gold Sponsors:

  • Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC

Silver Sponsors:

  • Amerigroup
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Tai Tung Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS)
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Merchant’s Parking Association
  • Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation Development Authority
  • StickerGiant

Shoreline Area Donors:

  • Central Market
  • One Cup Coffee
  • Starbucks on 185th Ave
  • Streetzeria at the Beach

Photos:

View Lunar New New Year 5k Photos on ICHS’s Facebook Page.

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Join a rat race that makes a difference: Registration now open for ICHS Lunar New Year 5K

 

Banner - Lunar New Year 5kJoin a rat race that promotes good health and makes a difference. International Community Health Services (ICHS) today opened registration for its annual Lunar New Year 5k Walk / Run at: www.ichs.com/5k.

This year’s fundraiser takes place along Shoreline’s Interurban Trail on Feb. 23, 2020 in celebration of the Year of the Rat. All proceeds will support health services for community members who could not otherwise afford them. Festivities will include a traditional lion dance for good fortune and firecrackers to chase away evil spirits in honor of the Lunar New Year, the most important Chinese holiday.

“ICHS Foundation looks forward to a great event that brings the community together in support of local families,” said Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation director.

Registration is $35 with an early bird discount price of $30 until Dec. 31. Attendees under 14 or 65 and older can participate for free. Participants will receive a time chip, bib, Lunar New Year 5k tee-shirt and other special giveaways from ICHS and event vendors. Free parking is available at Shoreline City Hall and ICHS Shoreline Clinic.

For more information or to learn how to become an event volunteer, email: foundation@ichs.com

Hong Chang

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English, Vietnamese

EDUcaTiON:

Associate of Art and Science
Associate of Dental Hygiene

Certification:

BLS

Why I Work at ICHS:

I volunteered at ICHS while in college 10 years ago and I fell in love with the multicultural and diverse setting that ICHS provided. I am grateful for organizations like ICHS, which provide affordable and quality health care for all and I am honored to be a part of the organization.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Treat patients with the best care like I would want to be treated.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I had major dental anxiety growing up and I had my very first dental cleaning at ICHS International District clinic after I immigrated to America. The kindness and patience that the doctor and clinic staff exhibited helped me overcome my anxiety and motivated me to work in the dental field.

Natasha Weled

Location:

Shoreline, Mobile Dental Clinic

Languages:

English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Degree:

DMD

Education:

UBC

Certification:

Dental Provider

Why I Work at ICHS:

I love working with people and learning about them. It is cool that there is so much similarity between all of our different cultures. Shared understanding of each other makes us stronger at ICHS.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Empowering people with knowledge and skills in oral care is the cornerstone to lifelong good oral health.

Interesting Note About Myself:

My husband and I just bought an 110 year old Seattle project house that we hope eventually will be our home. So I am now ‘interested’ and engrossed in home re-modelling.

William (Bill) Hoskyn

Work Location:

Shoreline, ICHS Legacy House

Degree:

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Education:

Doctor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French, Duke University

Certification:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse

Why I Work at ICHS:

I work at ICHS because of its commitment to serving people that would otherwise have little access to health care.  I also chose this organization because the staff is passionate about their work and is committed to giving our patients high-quality care.

Patient Care Philosophy:

As a provider I seek to collaborate with patients to optimize their health so that they can work, care for their loved ones, and lead meaningful lives. I believe that health is multidimensional and not just physical, and I strongly value preventive medicine in order to avoid or minimize future disease.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but after college I left the muggy South for the beautiful and more temperate Pacific Northwest. I love to travel, hike, play board games, sing karaoke, and rock climb. I love seeing patients across the lifespan, and I have a soft spot in my heart for LGBTQ health and palliative and end-of-life care.