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


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

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ICHS Breaks Ground on Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic

ICHS Breaks Ground on Shoreline Medical
and Dental Clinic, Expanding Beyond Seattle

Seattle-based International Community Health Services (ICHS) launched the start of its Shoreline health clinic on Monday, Aug. 6 with construction crews knocking down a vacant restaurant to make way for a 20,000-square-foot medical and dental building.

The Shoreline clinic marks a regional expansion for ICHS, which started in Seattle in 1973. The estimated $12 million project, scheduled to open in 2014, will be the first community health center in that city. The $12 million estimate includes purchase of the site.

The full-service clinic will open on one-acre at 16549 Aurora Ave. N., a central location in the North King County city. It will offer medical, dental, behavioral health, language interpretation, financial screening and insurance enrollment help to residents in Shoreline and the Puget Sound region.

“We have been planning this project for five years but the economy slowed things down. The timing is now right,” Teresita Batayola, ICHS chief executive officer said. “As a health center open to everyone, ICHS is committed to providing quality, affordable and multilingual health services where people need them.”
Based on studies, ICHS has identified North King County as an area with a high need for affordable health care and timely access to services.

ICHS has been briefing Shoreline city officials about the new clinic. On Monday, Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan, City Manager Julie Underwood and other senior city officials visited the site to observe the demolition.

“We’re excited that ICHS is coming to Shoreline,” McGlashan said, adding that some Shoreline residents have had to leave the city for medical help. “We’re excited they will be able to stay in Shoreline to get those services.”

The Shoreline clinic will have 16 medical exam rooms, two procedure rooms, a laboratory, waiting areas and support space. The clinic’s dental area will start with 10 dental chairs to treat patients, as well as waiting areas and work space.

In addition to in-clinic services provided by health care teams, ICHS uses a unique approach as a community health center. It has bilingual outreach and education staff members who attend community events to answer health questions and raise awareness. Also, each year, ICHS provides health care in more than 50 languages and dialects.

ICHS leaders are working with Miller Hayashi Architects, LLC to design the Shoreline building. ICHS already operates four clinics in Seattle.

With the Shoreline clinic, ICHS is positioning itself to meet the needs of newly-insured patients who will receive coverage in 2014 because of the Affordable Care Act. ICHS also is working on opening a clinic in Bellevue.

In 2010, the city of Shoreline had 53,007 residents. Of that population, 15.5 percent are Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Many of the city’s Asian Pacific Islander population live off Aurora Avenue North, which is also known as Highway 99.

The Shoreline clinic project also started in a timely way – during National Health Center Week, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 11.

See the story on Shoreline Patch.