ICHS goals in the coming year: 1) improve access to health care, health insurance, and health resources, 2) reduce health disparities, and 3) improve health outcomes for low-income, LEP, and uninsured/underinsured immigrants and refugees, particularly those from Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union with low health literacy and those in need of information about services and resources available through the ACA.
In the third year, ICHS will focus on strengthening partnerships in the Eastside and Shoreline. ICHS will also try to improve health literacy for community members and patients through group activities, health education workshops, and one-on-one interactions to support health insurance and social services navigation.
There are two major subjects ICHS has noticed that need more extensive attention:
1) Community Advocates (CAs) are observing increased anxiety and depressive moods in the immigrant and refugee population. ICHS believe that CAs need to have more training on how to respond and support the community members. Based on this, ICHS will have the CAs go through the “Mental Health First Aid Training.”
2) Drug abuse and marijuana use by teenagers is a growing concern. Immigrants and refugee families are at a greater risk because of lack of knowledge and also cultural differences. Based on a previous project with APICAT (Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Against Tobacco), ICHS has training materials for Guiding Good Choices workshops for parents of 9-14 year-olds. ICHS has implemented a very successful workshop for Samoan and Filipinos. In this regard, ICHS will host workshops for Asian-Indians and Latinos.
International Community Health Services
ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community.