International Community Health Services and Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) today announced a partnership that will give low income patients free legal services. Patients referred from ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic can meet with ELAP’s attorneys for advice on issues impacting their ability to stay in good health.
“ICHS cares for patients holistically. There are many factors that impact whether someone can access and benefit from quality, preventative health care,” said Vanja Knezevic, ICHS Bellevue health center manager. ”Often, low-income and marginalized patients face social issues that can exacerbate health issues. For example, a person who is facing eviction is more likely to be stressed or depressed. Someone who is wrongfully denied public benefits might be prevented from providing healthy nutrition for their family. We’re seeking to lessen these potential health impacts.”
The health care teams at ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic will work closely with ELAP’s legal aid attorneys to identify patients who qualify. Referred patients will meet with an attorney for sessions that will be scheduled at ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic.
“We are excited to move forward with ICHS,” said Gerald Kroon, ELAP executive director. “This innovative partnership will increase access to much needed civil legal aid, addressing legal issues that adversely affect a person’s medical wellbeing.”
The new partnership is being announced as a six-month pilot program, initially only available by referral through ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic, with the possibility of being extended to include ICHS’s three other full service clinics as future funding and interest allow. Services will be available to qualifying King County residents who fall below 200% of the federal poverty level, which was $50,200 for a family of four in 2018.
International Community Health Services (ICHS) is reaching out to diverse communities on the Eastside with its presence at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center.
ICHS community advocates have started offering health education and health awareness information and Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment assistance in Spanish, Russian, Hindi, and Punjabi, as well as English.
A table will be set up by ICHS community advocates outside Crossroads Mini City Hall at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday. No appointment is needed. Crossroads Bellevue shopping center is located at 15600 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue, WA 98008.
ICHS is offering the service to the community in partnership with Crossroads Mini City Hall and Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center.
Photo Caption: International Community Health Services (ICHS) community advocates are reaching out and providing services to diverse communities on the Eastside from their table at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center. In the picture (from L to R): Duby Monteros, Blanca Lujan Westrich, Alexandra Poseukova, and Miran Hothi.
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