International Community Health Services Foundation
Aided by Generous Grant From The Seattle Foundation
The International Community Health Services Foundation is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from The Seattle Foundation, an organization that helps make communities healthier and stronger.
The assistance, received in December, will be used to support general operations for International Community Health Services, a Seattle medical and dental clinic founded in 1973 to help anyone in need. ICHS has clinics in the International District and at Holly Park and its multilingual staff help a range of people, including Asian Pacific Islanders, the uninsured and those who are low income.
“We’d like to thank The Seattle Foundation for this timely and important grant, as we work daily to serve patients from throughout the region,” Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS, said.
“Our staff members provide quality care to people who walk through our doors. This grant enables us to help people have healthy lives. That is important for having strong communities.”
The grant comes as ICHS is seeing more patients who have lost their jobs and health insurance in recent years. For many residents, the Seattle-area economy remains sluggish because of the Great Recession.
In 2010, the most recent year with full data, ICHS saw 18,656 medical and dental patients, a 17 percent increase from 2007 when the Great Recession started. In recent years, the ICHS budget has been reduced because of dwindling public dollars.
ICHS, a federally-qualified health center, offers services on a sliding scale for individuals based on income and welcomes all patients. Community health centers provide care in a preventive manner, which is less expensive than when patients go directly to a hospital emergency room for help.
Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordableprimary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health and health education services. ICHS’ two Seattle-area clinics serve over 18,000 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.
Contact: Brad Wong
Release Date: January 24, 2012