Chinda Roach, MD, International District Clinic Provider

Mom and Baby wellnessChinda Roach received her undergraduate degree from University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency with the University of Rochester Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in 1995.


Chinda has always been motivated to serve the underserved and to practice full-spectrum family medicine. Her medical interests include obstetrics, pediatrics, outpatient procedures, nutrition, physical therapy, bio-psycho-social medicine. She enjoys collaborating with on-site mental health professions, and has expertise in navigating mental health and addiction care for teens in Washington state. She also enjoys teaching.


Chinda is married to a family doctor, and they are raising three teenaged sons, all born at home. She spends her free time doing yoga and pilates, taking walks with her family and their two dogs, engaging in winter sports, and spending relaxing times in the San Juan Islands.

Alan Chun, MD, Assistant Medical Director at International District Clinic

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I was born and raised in Honolulu, and got my medical degree and Family Medicine residency training with the University of Hawaii. I have worked with underserved populations in community health clinics my whole career, having spent the first 12 years at a CHC in Hawaii serving mostly the native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population. I moved to Seattle over 20 years ago to the International Community Health Services to take on the position of Medical Director (have since stepped down as overall Medical Director). Here, I’ve seen the agency grow from one small medical clinic to over 6 sites in King County offering both medical and dental services, as well as other enabling services. These enabling services allow a diverse, mostly Asian immigrant, limited English speaking population to access health care services that would otherwise be overwhelmingly confusing or impenetrable.


While I truly enjoy the breath of ages and problems that family medicine presents, I have additionally subspecialized in geriatrics, and over half my panel consists of people over 65 years old. I have also worked in a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care to Elders) program locally, and worked closely with Legacy House, an assisted living residence co-located with the ID clinic. My interest in global medicine also is fulfilled working with our population who are from many parts of the developing world.


I bike to work except when it is snowing, practice taiqi on my days off, play tennis if it is not raining, and wonder what retirement will look like.

Nancy Snapp, MD, International District Clinic Provider

Snapp, Nancy (Physician)Nancy Snapp has been a family doctor for more than 30 years. She attended the journalism school at Northwestern University, and graduated from University of Washington Medical School.

Her residency was at Tacoma Family Medicine. She started out in medicine volunteering at a community clinic in Seattle, and has spent many years working at community clinics, including 16 years at ICHS.  Her work through the years has included locum tenens all over Alaska and the Southwest;  and teaching at Downtown Family Medicine in the Swedish program.  She also has an MPH from UW School of Public Health in Maternal-Child Health and International Health.  She has spent time all over Central America;  in Thailand;  and Bali.  She has been a consultant for an ongoing program in a Balinese village called East Bali Poverty Project.  She did research in sexually transmitted infections in pregnant women.

She is interested in practicing the full spectrum of family medicine, She enjoys her patients of all ages and cultures, as well as the multicultural work environment at ICHS.  She has been a member of the data quality committee, formerly the diabetes management committee.  Outside of the clinic, one of her big interests is theater, which is abundant and of high quality in Seattle.  She was a member of a fringe theater company for 10 years, and is learning to write plays.

Uyenvy Pham, MD, Assistant Medical Director Holly Park Clinic

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Uyenvy (“Vee”) Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of the South Vietnamese government, she escaped as a boat refugee with her family. She spent a year as a young child in a Thai refugee camp where she mostly skipped preschool to play at the beach, but eventually immigrated to Seattle with her family. She was raised in beautiful West Seattle, in the area called “Rat City”, aka White Center. Her family opened one of the first pho restaurants in the Seattle and she spent her childhood waiting tables and being around good food.


She attended Seattle University with the idea of becoming an infectious disease researcher and got a job at a University of Washington infectious disease lab. However after three years of working with parasites and cells, her principal investigator thought she was more of “people than parasite” person and encouraged her to attend medical school. She attended OHSU Medical School in beautiful Portland, OR, and returned to Seattle to complete her family medicine training at Swedish Medical Center First Hill. Medicine fascinated her and older people perplexed her so she decided to become smarter about medicine and older people by completing the geriatric fellowship at Swedish First Hill. She has been working at Holly Park Clinic after finishing her geriatric fellowship.


At ICHS, she was part of the Medicare Pilot demonstration that developed the Advance Directives Brochure and Medical Wellness Visits workflows. Thanks in part to her work with the pilot group, ICHS achieved Level 3 recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home via NCQA, which is the highest level of recognition. She stepped up as assistant medical director at Holly Park clinic towards the end of 2014. She loves working for a community health center which is rooted in the community of immigrants and refugees. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to work with the fabulous nurse practitioner residents via didactic teaching and precepting. She appreciates that at ICHS, she has the opportunity to teach dedicated providers in a community health setting. In her spare time, she likes to travel abroad, eat out at good restaurants and just enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, whatever the weather.

Jessica Guh, MD, Holly Park Clinic Provider

Jessica GuhJessica Guh received her undergraduate degree in documentary film at Stanford University. After that she did community organizing work for two years before deciding to return to medical school at the University of Michigan. After graduating from Swedish Family Medicine at Cherry Hill she took a job at ICHS. Caring for vulnerable populations has always been a priority and the culture at ICHS was a perfect fit! She spends part of her time at the primary care clinic at Asian Counseling and Referral Services and loves taking care of patients with severe mental illness in a model that provides such great wrap around care. Other clinical interests include comprehensive women’s health, addiction medicine, and writing and teaching about race and medicine. She helps teach and facilitate the racial inequity curriculum and workshops at Swedish Family Medicine at Cherry Hill.


A year-long bike commuter, Jessica  can frequently be seen  lugging her bike gear around and sporting helmet hair. She spends her free time reading graphic novels and romping around Capitol Hill.

Christopher Yee, MD, International District Clinic Site Director

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Chris Yee received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. Upon completing his family medicine residency at Swedish First Hill in 2005, Chris moved to Kodiak, Alaska for one year and then worked for several months in Bethel, Alaska. He enjoyed being part of a small, cohesive community where practicing full-spectrum family medicine was essential. Back in Seattle, he began work at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) International District Clinic and was delighted to find the same small town feeling in an urban setting. One of his favorite things is making connections with his patients beyond the clinic walls. He often sees them at the park, in a restaurant, or simply walking down the street. Chris is passionate about understanding how the people of a community work together with organizations like ICHS to maintain and improve the community’s health. He feels privileged to be part of a team that makes this happen, and is dedicated to inspiring others and training them to find success in such a setting.


While working at the International District Clinic, Chris has served as the OB clinic lead in the Washington State Hospital Association’s Safe Deliveries Roadmap project, the interdepartmental lead for quality improvements in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Deputy Director of the clinic’s ARNP Residency Program.  As Deputy Director of the clinic’s ARNP Residency Program, Chris was involved with the creation and implementation of the curriculum for the inaugural class. Chris’ medical interests include obstetrics, outpatient procedures, working through the stages of change in a person’s life, community medicine, and interprofessional medical training.


Chris lives just up the street from the International District with his wife and two girls. He is known for taking two years off from medical school to teach swing dancing internationally. These days, Chris recharges by going on adventures to find dragons and unicorns with his girls. He also enjoys capoeira and pursuing his newer interests of woodworking and photography.

Report: Community Health Centers boost patients’ health care access and outcomes

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Patients served at community health centers have better access to services and improved health outcomes, a report released by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) has found.


The improved outcomes occurred despite many patients experiencing social barriers and more complex health needs, underscoring the role health centers play in delivering care to vulnerable populations, including medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs), the report’s authors said.


The report stated that despite facing multiple risk factors — 93 percent of AA&NHOPI patients served at health centers live in poverty, and one-third are limited English proficient —  patients who received care at AA&NHOPI-serving community health centers had better health outcomes, including improved hypertension control and diabetes management.


“These findings demonstrate the value of health centers, especially those serving the diverse and fast growing AA&NHOPI population,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “It is our hope that policymakers will recognize the importance of both clinical and non-clinical services, and of the key role health centers play in providing these services to those who need them most.


Teresita Batayola, CEO of International Community Health Services (ICHS), said the findings affirm community health centers’ vital role in improving the community’s health.


“Aside from providing medical and dental care, community health centers like, ICHS provide an essential safety net for many community members who may otherwise be left out, including interpretation, health education, and nutrition services,” she said, noting that ICHS community advocates, since 2013, enrolled more than 15,000 people to low-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The report said AA&NHOPI-serving community health centers provide a significant amount of enabling or non-clinical services that help increase patients’ access to health care and hire more staff who are familiar with patients’ culture and primary language, despite being underfunded for these services, compared to health centers nationally.
AA&NHOPIs represent the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and make up an increasing number of patients seen at health centers. In providing high-quality, cost-effective care, including non-clinical enabling services, health centers save the U.S. health care system over $24 billion by reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

A copy of the report is available at AAPCHO will also be presenting the key findings of the report on a webinar scheduled for December 17, 2015.


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About ICHS
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:

AAPCHO is a national association of 35 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more information on AAPCHO, please visit