The ICHS Bellevue Community Advocacy Program Expansion (B-CAPE) reduces health disparities by improving access to healthcare, health insurance, and health resources that support improved health outcomes for low-income, limited English-proficient (LEP), and uninsured/underinsured Bellevue-area immigrants and refugees, particularly those from India, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union, with low health literacy and those in need of information about services and resources available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). B-CAPE is part of ICHS’ larger Community Advocacy Program, which has been working to improve access to care and improve health outcomes for medically-underserved immigrants and refugees in King County since 1993.
Program activities are conducted primarily by four bilingual Community Advocates (CAs) at the ICHS Bellevue Clinic. The CAs provide group-level and one-on-one community-based outreach, health education, patient navigation services, and referrals to target population members. This includes:
1. Assessing clients’ health and human service needs;
2. Developing and distributing in-language outreach and education materials designed for audiences with low health literacy through both outreach and local media sources;
3. Providing brief health education interventions on topics such as the importance of accessing routine preventative care, healthy eating and active living, how to utilize health insurance, etc.;
4. Educating community members about resources available in the community;
5. Explaining how to access care at ICHS;
6. Connecting patients to services at ICHS and other health and human services providers as needed.
International Community Health Services
ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community.