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Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

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ICHS Foundation Executive Director Ron Chew in the Run Scared 5K, Oct. 31, 2015 at Seward Park. (Photo by Michael Lahner Photography)

Dozens of long-distance fun runs and walks take place throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest, each focused on a different cause or theme, as well as set in different geographical locations. Ethnic diversity in participation has been limited until now, and Seattle-based International Community Health Services (ICHS) is leading the effort for change.

The ICHS Foundation is organizing its first Lunar New Year 5K on Feb. 7 at the Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue.

The flat, 3.1-mile course for individual walkers and runners, families, and leashed pets is made up of the park’s soft-surface trails, shaded pathways, and wooden boardwalks. It is not baby stroller-friendly. Participants will be timed and can enjoy a water station at the halfway point and food and beverages near the finish line.

Two years ago, there was “no Asian-themed race in the region … there’s a void there,” said Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation executive director. The organization began considering different locations for its first 5K, which will begin with a lion dance performance. Race photographer Sherwin Eng of Seattle will be donating his services.

“He went to school with [slain community activist] Donnie Chin and is doing this in honor of Donnie,” Chew said.

The ICHS Foundation, he says, selected “a contained area like the Mercer Slough Nature Park,” one “that we could work in, and so, this seemed to [be] better logistically.” The park is the largest — more than 320 acres — fresh-water wetland on Lake Washington and with a habitat for water lilies, as well as ducks and swallows in the summer.

“We also were hoping that this would provide some visibility for the [ICHS] Bellevue clinic (opened in 2014) to support ICHS and the work we do with the vulnerable populations we serve.”

Christine Loredo, ICHS Foundation development specialist, said, “The big thing was to expand our community outreach [with] community events outside of Seattle since we, ourselves, expanded our clinic reach outside of Seattle.”

The ICHS is a nonprofit community health center that provides affordable health services in about 50 different languages to over 21,000 patients at seven different locations, including Shoreline. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services named it a National Quality Leader.

Since 1973, ICHS’s mission has been to provide “culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community.”

According to the 5K’s website, “Every year, the ICHS provides nearly $1 million in charity care.”

“ICHS’s inaugural 5K is an exciting opportunity to raise crucial funds to provide affordable, high-quality care for our patients,” said ICHS Foundation events specialist Chris Potter.

“We’re a health care provider, and becoming physically active and encouraging people to be physically active is a good thing,” Chew explained as another reason for the creation of the 5K, which has also been named a Spotlight Race on the Grand Prix Series of Silver Strider Magazine (for walkers and runners over age 50).

He said, “We’ll be giving out award ribbons, three deep in each of the age groups.”

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for many in the API community, especially those of Vietnamese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Mongolian descent. The year of the monkey starts Feb. 8, the day after the 5K. Loredo pointed out, “Monkey-themed costumes, we could see a bunch of those.” The ICHS Foundation will give awards to those deemed best.

One challenge for the Lunar New Year 5K on Feb. 7 is that it’s on the same day as Super Bowl 50, between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

“We decided to take a chance and basically market it as an event that you can do prior to the game, so with your exercise in, you can enjoy the rest of your Super Bowl Sunday celebration guilt-free,” Loredo said.

Advance registrations, so far, have been coming in, and the ICHS Foundation started planning its next 5K last month.

Loredo said, “At some point in the future, we would love to have a series of API-themed race events like this one.”

Potter added, “It is a perfect representation of ICHS today. We are an action-oriented group of staff, patients, and community members coming together to improve our health and having a lot of fun along the way.” (end)

For more information about the ICHS Lunar New Year 5K, visit ichs.com/5k.

James Tabafunda can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

Posted in Community News, Features, Features 6, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/12Comments (0)

ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

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From left: ICHS Foundation Director Ron Chew, Taipei Director General and Ambassador Daniel Liao, and ICHS Health Director Michael McKee (Photo by Herbert Atienza)

On Dec. 31, 2015, International Community Health Services (ICHS) received a grant of $115,000 from the Ann Wu Liao Foundation to support a new program to develop greater awareness of hepatitis B, a virus that afflicts an unusually high percentage of Asians and Pacific Islanders, potentially leading to liver disease and death. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/15Comments (0)

ICHS offers preventative cancer screenings for the API community

ICHS offers preventative cancer screenings for the API community

By Minal Singh
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Mihn Nguyen-Wichman and Abbie Zahler (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

International Community Health Services (ICHS) provides health care services throughout the Seattle region. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 51 | 12/13-12/19Comments (0)

ICHS opens new clinic for business in Shoreline

ICHS opens new clinic for business in Shoreline

By Ron Chew
Northwest Asian Weekly

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International Community Health Services (ICHS) officially opened the doors of its new medical-dental clinic in Shoreline on Monday, Sept. 15, marking the long-awaited arrival of the first nonprofit community health center in the city’s history. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 33 No 40 |9/27-10/3Comments (0)

ICHS presents new clinic

ICHS presents new clinic

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ICHS Bellevue clinic manager Jenny Tsinker and director of operations Sherman Lohn. (Photo courtesy of ICHS)

More than 100 people attended the International Community Health Services’ open house on April 22 at its new clinic, located at 1050 140th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue. The 6,500-square-foot clinic, which will officially open May 1, includes 10 medical exam rooms, 8 dental operatories, behavioral health rooms, staff offices, and parking. Among the visitors were community leaders, elected officials, potential patients, and ICHS staff, including clinic manager Jenny Tsinker and director of operations Sherman Lohn. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/9Comments (0)

Murray hosts Obamacare panel at ICHS

Murray hosts Obamacare panel at ICHS

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Sen. Patty Murray (center) holding a panel on Obamacare with ICHS staff. (Photo from ICHS)

Sen. Patty Murray hosted a roundtable discussion at International Community Health Service (ICHS) on Aug. 22 to discuss the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 32 No 36 | 8/31-9/6Comments (1)

ICHS hosts 3rd annual Bloom gala, celebrates 40 years

ICHS hosts 3rd annual Bloom gala, celebrates 40 years

From left: ICHS Executive Director Ron Chew, ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola, and former Governor Mike Lowry

International Community Health Services (ICHS) hosted their 3rd annual Bloom gala on May 18, raising funds for charity care for uninsured and under-insured patients. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 32 No 23 | 6/1-6/7Comments (0)

ICHS honors long-tenured employees

ICHS honors long-tenured employees

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International Community Health Services (ICHS) honored their longest working employees in December, highlighting the careers of some of their most dedicated team members. In addition to those honored, several employees have been with ICHS for nearly the organization’s entire 40-year existence. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 32 No 6 | 2/2-2/8Comments (0)

At ICHS Clinic, students receive access to health care for academic success

By Brad Wong

When teenager Jiahao Hu stepped into the International Community Health Services school-based health center in Seattle in September, he spotted a familiar face – Anthony Chen, an ICHS staff member.

The two had met during a summer program and Hu, a student at the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, had arrived that day because of an illness. The two were raised in Southern China. Both spoke to one another in Cantonese.

Read the full story

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Tateuchi Foundation awards $175,000 grant to ICHS

Tateuchi Foundation awards $175,000 grant to ICHS

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola with ICHS Foundation Executive Director Ron Chew (Photo provided by ICHS)

On Oct. 21, the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation awarded a grant of $175,000 to the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation to support women’s health care access. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 46 | 11/12-11/18Comments (0)

ICHS closing clinics one day per month due to cuts

International Community Health Services (ICHS), which operates medical-dental clinics in the International District and at Holly Park, will close its clinics one day a month because of significant cuts in state funding. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 30 No 34 | 8/20-8/26Comments (0)

May 21: ICHS holds 2011 Bloom Gala, raises $200,000

May 21: ICHS holds 2011 Bloom Gala, raises $200,000

Supporters at the Bloom Gala listen as ICHS Executive Director Teresita Batayola speaks. (Photos by Dave Greer)

Accepting the Bamboo Award on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is Executive Director Cheryl Shaw (Photos by Dave Greer)

International Community Health Services (ICHS) held its annual Bloom Gala, which brought together more than 400 ICHS supporters to raise more than $200,000 for patient care. The event was held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.

ICHS awarded is Bamboo Award for Health to The Puget Sound Affliliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Dr. David McLanahan. ♦

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 24 | 6/11-6/17Comments (0)

Community clinic providing interpretation for API community named Pioneer in Healthcare

Community clinic providing interpretation for API community named Pioneer in Healthcare

Jocelyn Chui
Northwest Asian Weekly

The facade of the ICHS facility in the International District (Photo provided by ICHS)

For new immigrants, coming to America without knowing the language may sometimes make the experience unpleasant. What can make the situation really worrisome is not being able to relay health-related inquires.
Fortunately, with the presence of International Community Health Services (ICHS) in Seattle, API members who are not fluent in English can receive proper medical care with the help of interpreters.

A 26-year-old woman went to ICHS after learning that she has a blood clot near the optic nerves in her brain. She spoke anonymously because she worries that her job may be adversely affected if her employer were to find out about her clot.

Coming to America from China three years ago, the woman does not speak fluent English. However, she has been a frequent visitor of ICHS.

“I was really worried and I had a lot of questions,” the woman said in Cantonese. “Each time I visited the Holly Park clinic, there were interpreters to help me.” Read the full story

Posted in Profiles, Vol 29 No 38 | 9/18-9/24Comments (2)

Aug. 8: ICHS organizes back-to-school fairs for kids

Aug. 8: ICHS organizes back-to-school fairs for kids

A bear mascot was a big hit with children and their parents at the ICHS back-to-school fair on Aug. 8 (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

International Community Health Services (ICHS) held the first of its two back-to-school fairs on Aug. 8 at the International District Medical & Dental Clinic in Seattle.

The day was filled with activities and prizes for kids and families.

ICHS is a nonprofit community health center that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.

Its next fair will be held on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Holly Park Medical & Dental Clinic in Seattle. ♦

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 29 No 33 | 8/14-8/20Comments (0)

 

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