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Donnie Chin and Washington Dental Service Foundation will be honored at 2016 ICHS Foundation Bloom Gala

The late community activist Donnie Chin (top), and Washington Dental Service Foundation, have been named recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health by the International Community Health Services Foundation. The Foundation will present the awards at its annual Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Westin Seattle Hotel.
The late community activist Donnie Chin (top), and Washington Dental Service Foundation, have been named recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health by the International Community Health Services Foundation. The Foundation will present the awards at its annual Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Westin Seattle Hotel.

 

Beloved International District activist and medic Donnie Chin, who provided emergency medical services for over four decades before his tragic murder last July, will be honored along with the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF), a funder that has provided several large grants to support the expansion of dental services for low-income immigrant populations at International Community Health Services (ICHS).

 

Chin and WDSF have been named recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health by the ICHS Foundation. The Foundation will present the awards at its annual Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Westin Seattle Hotel.

 

Each year, ICHS honors one individual and one organization whose service has improved the lives of ICHS target populations of disadvantaged and underserved residents. The gala brings together approximately 400 of the agency’s closest supporters in a fundraising effort to support the costs of uncompensated care. Last year, ICHS provided over $1 million in charity care to low-income patients who could not afford to pay for services.

 

“We take special pride in presenting the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health to Donnie Chin and Washington Dental Service Foundation because they both exemplify the best in selfless support for the ICHS mission of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community,” ICHS Foundation Executive Director Ron Chew said.

 

Chin, 59 at the time of his murder, was killed in the International District on July 23, 2015 in what police believe to have been a crossfire between rival groups. To date, the perpetrators have not been apprehended. Chin founded the International District Emergency Center (IDEC) in 1968 in an effort to provide emergency medical services to low-income residents living in the area, especially the frail elderly and immigrant families living in the hotels. Over the years, Chin worked closely with ICHS staff and medical providers in serving both the ID as well as the broader Asian Pacific American community.

 

Chin’s sister, Connie, will accept the Bamboo Health Award on behalf of her late brother. Connie herself served as executive director of the Denise Louie Education Center during the agency’s formative early years.

 

“Donnie had a very special relationship with ICHS,” Connie Chin recalled. “Donnie had started up IDEC a few years before ICHS was established. This was a symbiotic relationship that lasted for a long time. Donnie would take care of the emergency medical situations that would come up and ICHS was able to take it to the next level of providing regular ongoing medical services. He saw the staff on a daily basis and was very close to them. Donnie knew some of the staff most of his life.”

 

The organizational recipient of the 2016 Bamboo Health Award, WDSF, is a non-profit funded by Delta Dental of Washington. It has an outstanding track record of supporting community efforts to improve the oral health of local residents, especially among low-income and immigrant populations, providing grants and educating policymakers about the importance of oral health.

 

“Washington Dental Service Foundation is honored to be one of the recipients of the 2016 Bamboo Award,” stated Diane Oakes, president and CEO of Washington Dental Service Foundation.  “Our partnership with ICHS has resulted in thousands of individuals being able to access needed dental care which is essential to their overall health.”

 

The Bloom Gala will take place on May 21 at the Westin Seattle, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the 2016 Bloom Gala are available at www.ichs.com/bloom. For more information contact christinel@ichs.com or (206) 788-3672.

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Chief Medical Officer

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The CMO is a key member of the Senior Executive team, engaged in defining the overall business strategy and direction of the organization.  The CMO leads the overall clinical vision for the organization and provides clinical direction to the quality improvement, behavioral health, pharmacy, clinical operations, and health services departments and programs. The CMO provides medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the delivery of affordable quality healthcare services based on evidence-based care models. As a leader, the CMO champions the development and implementation of innovative clinical programs that include collaboration with strategic business partners.

ICHS is a non-profit federally qualified health center that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, and the broader community.  ICHS provides primary medical and dental care, health support services, and health education in seven locations in Seattle and King County.

ICHS has been a vital part of the community since opening in 1973 as a small, storefront health clinic in Seattle’s International District.  Today, it is the largest Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community health center in Washington State.  ICHS is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). ICHS was presented by the Washington Governor Jay Inslee with the 2015 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care, and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services named ICHS the only “National Quality Leader” in Washington State in 2015 for exceeding national quality benchmarks for health care.  These clinics function as “one-Stop-shops” for patients who can access primary medical, dental, behavioral health, alternative medicine, pharmacy, laboratory, health education and other services at each site.

ICHS offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits, as well as a Loan Payment Reimbursement Program

Education:  Graduation from an accredited medical school.  Additional postgraduate training in public health, business or administration preferred.

Experience:  Board Certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine or Medicine and Pediatrics.
Current Washington State MD license in good standing.Ten years of MD experience with at least five years in a leadership role.

Send CV to:
International Community Health Services
Human Resources – Charles Hayashi
P O Box 3007 Seattle, WA  98114-3007
Or E-mail: employment@ichs.com
Or FAX: 206.923.7400

Vote in the April Special Election

Ballots for the April Special Elections were mailed out Wednesday, April 6th. The last day to turn in your ballot is by 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 26th. (Photo credit to King County Elections.)
Ballots for the April Special Elections were mailed out Wednesday, April 6th. The last day to turn in your ballot is by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 26th. (Photo credit to King County Elections.)
By An Huynh, anh@ichs.com
There is a special election this month that may affect some King County residents, depending on where you live. The April Special Election will not apply to everyone in King County because the issues and ballot measures are specific to certain cities, school districts, and other special districts.
However, if you are registered to vote in any of these areas, then you will be receiving (or have already received) a ballot in the mail in the next few days. Ballots were sent out Wednesday, April 8th. If you are unsure if you should be receiving a ballot, you can always double check here: http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/voterlookup.aspx
Returning your ballot:
Please turn in your ballot by April 26th at 8:00pm at the latest. Ballots can be mailed in with a first-class stamp or returned to a ballot drop-off location with no stamp required.