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ICHS celebrates Highland Middle School-Based Health Center at open house

From left to right, Sherryl Grey (ICHS school and health services manager), Michael McKee (ICHS health services and community partnership director), Judy Buckmaster (executive director of student services, Bellevue School District), Dr. Ivan Duran (Bellevue School District superintendent), Teresita Batayola (ICHS CEO), My-Linh Thai (Bellevue School District board president), David Downing (YES COO), Katie Klug (Highland Middle School principal)

 

International Community Health Services celebrated the Bellevue School District’s first school-based health center at an open house on April 5, 2018.

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola was among those on hand to tour the Highland Middle School-Based Health Center, an effort joined by Youth Eastside Services (YES) and the Bellevue School District to provide integrated health care to students within their school with funding from Best Start for Kids and support from King Country.

Read more about the health center here.

 

ICHS receives $25,000 grant as part of KeyBank’s over $1.9 million community impact day

 

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola and ICHS Foundation Director Ron Chew accept $25,000 KeyBank Community Impact Award on April 3.

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) received a $25,000 grant from the KeyBank Foundation, as part of its April 3 Community Impact Day that totaled over $1.9 million to almost 20 nonprofits in the greater Seattle area. ICHS will use the funds to provide uncompensated care for target King County minority populations. In 2017, ICHS provided $1,265,435 in uncompensated care. Among nearly 31,000 patients, 41% were at or below the federal poverty level, 81% were people of color and 55% spoke limited English and needed interpretation services.

“We’re honored KeyBank recognizes ICHS’ work and success improving the health and wellness of our diverse communities with this $25,000 grant,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “KeyBank’s award will support ICHS health services for many of the area’s neediest and most vulnerable, including immigrants, refugees, elderly and the young.”

“Our mission is to help our communities thrive,” said KeyBank CEO Beth Mooney, who was in town from KeyBank’s Cleveland headquarters to announce the grants with Carol K. Nelson, pacific regional sales executive and Seattle market president. “Philanthropy is part of KeyBank’s DNA, and we are dedicated to building stronger communities and improving the lives of the people we call neighbors in the places we call home.”

Many of the nonprofit recipients were chosen by local Key Business Impact Networking Groups (KBINGs), employee groups that are a vital part of Key’s diversity and inclusion strategy to help KeyBank attract, engage, develop and retain a diverse workforce and inform Key’s business strategies. Seattle has eight active KBINGs: Key Executive Women’s Network, Young Professionals, Military Inclusion, African American, Asian/ Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino, Champions of People of All Abilities and LGBTQA. The groups were on hand to help distribute the donations.

In the Seattle region, KeyBank actively invests in the communities it serves through philanthropy, volunteerism and board service.

 

Over $30,000 raised at Lunar New Year 5K

Thank you everyone for attending the 3rd Annual Lunar New Year 5K Walk & Run on the Shoreline Interurban Trail hosted by the International Community Health Services Foundation. Together we raised over $30,000 for uncompensated care ensuring that healthcare remains accessible for all. A total of 450 people registered and 340 crossed our finished line, this is a new record for our event and it would not have been successful without supporters like you. Stay tune for next year’s 5K!

Please check out our photos uploaded onto our ICHS Facebook page and view your race/walk time here.


A big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible
: East West Bank, Coordinated Care, Amerigroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, One Cup Coffee, UnitedHealthcare, Sam’s Club, Uwajimaya, Shoreline Rotary, Overlake Medical Center, PowerCrunch, Viet-Wah, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, CMarr Automotive, Edge, HomeSight, InterimCDA, Marpac Construction, Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency, Merchants Parking Association, Molina Healthcare, MudBay, National Association of Community Health Centers, OCA Seattle, SCIDpda, Shoreline Community College, Sound Credit Union, Washington Alarm, and WPI Real Estate Services, Inc. A special thank you to Aurora Rents and City of Shoreline for hosting the event at their location and providing staff and space for the event to happen. 

For questions or comments please email foundation@ichs.com

2018 Bloom Gala tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for International Community Health Services’ (ICHS) 2018 Bloom Gala, to be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on May 5. The funds raised at this annual celebration will support health services for those who cannot afford to pay for them.

This year’s event honors the past as ICHS celebrates its 45th anniversary. Join ICHS friends, partners and supporters for highlights from ICHS’ early days within Seattle’s Asian American community and the Chinatown-International District neighborhood, and its path of growth since.

When people and families are healthy they contribute to creating opportunities that allow all of us to be more productive and give back to others. Please join us — together we can make sure everyone has access to affordable health care. Early bird tickets for $150 each are now on sale on the ICHS website here. Prices go up to $175 after April 13, so order your tickets soon!

For more information about the Bloom Gala, visit www.ichs.com/bloom.

Can’t make it to the event this year? You can still make a difference by making a donation today!

“Thanks to the support from these amazing people, I can rest assured that I am in good care.”

I came to the United States in March 2017 as an immigrant from Vietnam. In May 2017, I noticed a lump in my left breast. Fortunately, I saw an advertisement about the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) and contacted Minh Nguyen, a community advocate. She carefully explained the program to me. She helped me make an appointment with BCCHP at ICHS’ Holly Park Clinic. Through BCCHP, a provider referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Results showed I had a tumor in my left breast. My biopsy diagnosed me with Stage 2 left breast cancer. It is an invasive and fast-growing cancer. My breast cancer will not respond to hormone therapy or other medications. I will need surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I knew that I couldn’t afford to pay for expensive treatments.

ICHS’ Veronica Kim enrolled me in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program through King County. Qualified woman receive free cancer treatment that includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and five years of drug therapy to prevent cancer recurrence. ICHS’ Vietnamese-speaking staff, Nina Le, helped me with all interpreting and translating. ICHS’ Women’s Preventative Health Services staff carefully explained and convinced me of the benefits of the BCCTP program. Veronica submitted all forms to King County, including cancellation of my current insurance contract, which had a premium, high deductible and co-pay, so I could apply to the state Medicaid-Apple Health.

It’s approved already. I already had my treatment scheduled at Swedish True Family Cancer Center in July 2017. There are no words for how the treatment will push my limits physically, emotionally and mentally. However, thanks to the support from these amazing people, I can rest assured that I am in good care.

-Nguyen (does not wish to share her full name)

 

Call for Nominations: ICHS 2018 Bamboo Award for Health

International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the ICHS Foundation today announced that nominations are open for the 2018 Bamboo Award for Health. The award recognizes the outstanding work of people and organizations supporting ICHS and its mission to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health and wellness services, and promote health equity. These works and achievements may have resulted in:

  • Increased access to health services for ICHS patients, clients and local underserved communities.
  • Improved measurable health outcomes for ICHS patients, clients and local underserved communities.
  • Increased resources that allow ICHS to serve or expand its patient and client populations.

Nominations will be accepted until March 11, via the 2018 Bamboo Award Nomination Form or the Google form here. The 2018 Bamboo Awards for Health will be presented at the ICHS Bloom Gala on May 5.

2017 Bamboo Award winners: Dr. Allen Muramoto and Country Doctor Community Health Centers

 

2018 Bloom Gala

More information about the ICHS Bloom Gala, which raises funds to support uncompensated health care, can be found here.

Invitation to share a favorite ICHS story or memory

This year’s Bamboo Award recipients will be honored as ICHS celebrates its 45th anniversary and origins within Seattle’s Asian American community. Founded in 1973, ICHS got its start providing in-language health care for mainly elderly Chinese and Filipino patients living in single room occupancy hotels in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. Volunteer doctors, interpreters and mental health staff operated the clinic and it was one of the nation’s first to focus on the health care needs of a diverse Asian American population.

As ICHS preserves the past and helps uncover the narrative of Seattle’s diverse communities for its 45th celebration, local community members are invited to share their stories, photos and memories by contacting: foundation@ichs.com.

ICHS leadership in Olympia to advocate for health safety net

ICHS in Olympia to advocate for health care
From left to right, Gildas Cheung, Hiroshi Nakano, Teresita Batayola, Kelli Nomura and Lee Marchisio

International Community Health Services (ICHS) leadership was in Olympia on Feb. 1, for Joint Legislative Days. They joined 82 CEOs, board members and senior staff representing 20 community health centers, at the state capital to advocate for a shared legislative agenda, as organized by the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers and Community Health Network Washington.

This was a chance for health centers to advocate directly to legislators on behalf of patients.Teresita Batayola, ICHS president and CEO, and ICHS board members Gildas Cheung, Hiroshi Nakano, Kelli Nomura and Lee Marchisio participated in 18 meetings with state legislators and their staff, representing the key districts where ICHS patients live.

In these meetings, Batayola and ICHS board members thanked legislators for their leadership in passing the state’s capital budget, which will fuel the ICHS Shoreline Clinic’s dental care expansion and new AiPACE senior care program. They reiterated the importance of protecting the health safety net, and reminded lawmakers that Washington Apple Health and the Children’s Health Insurance Program keep people healthy, productive and employed. Most importantly, they made sure those in Olympia heard the stories of ICHS — our patients and their families, our providers and our communities.