Three future leaders of the health care community will be sharing their knowledge, while receiving exposure to community-based health care, at ICHS as this year’s GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program scholars.
The three, who will be at ICHS during the summer, are:
— Katie Cho, who is studying to be a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. She will be based at the Bellevue Clinic.
— Desiree Martinez, who is studying to be a Physician Assistant at The University of Texas – Pan American. She will be based at the International District Clinic.
— Temesgen Woldeyesus, a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He will be based at the Holly Park Clinic.
The GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program is an innovative service learning program that provides students the opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice at community health centers. ICHS is among the partner health centers across the country where scholars are placed.
“It’s very exciting to be part of this program because it provides a great opportunity to learn more about health care delivery in a community health center setting,” Woldeyesus said.
Cho said she already feels welcomed by ICHS and the community. “I really love being in this community, and I’m impressed at how the clinics are so well run,” she said.
Martinez said she’s looking forward to rolling up her sleeves and getting to work. “I am very excited to meet with people from all walks of life here,” she said.
Here are excerpts from personal essays that the scholars wrote:
“Being able to work in an under privileged environment has always been a dream and priority of mine. Coming from a low-income family, my health care was always provided by the government. This humbling experience allowed me to appreciate those who delivered the great service although I could not afford to pay a penny of it and it has driven me to want to do the same.” — Desiree Martinez
“My previous PCLP experience was very reassuring of the passion I have to serve in underserved and poverty stricken areas… Being selected for a second PCLP experience will continue my growth by exposure and further narrow how and where I would practice (rural vs. urban).” — Temesgen Woldeyesus
“Growing up in less privileged communities with immigrant parents unable to afford health insurance, I have firsthand knowledge of how social status limits health resources and attention. Witnessing such disparities drive me to work towards a health care system that is unbiased and all encompassing.” — Katie Cho
For more information about ICHS, please visit: www.ichs.com
Photo Caption: Dr. Alan Chun. ICHS Assistant Medical Director (left) talks shop with the 2015 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership scholars (from right): Temesgen Woldeyesus, Desiree Martinez, and Katie Cho. The scholars will be working and learning at ICHS clinic sites through the summer.
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