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Together We Make History

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this year, the Outreach and Enrollment team at the International Community Health Services dedicated innumerable efforts to mobilize the community around getting health coverage through the ACA. The combined energy and hard work of the staff at ICHS and our partner organizations created access to healthcare for a broad range of the community that never had that access before.

My First Mammogram

Maggievay Perofeta speaks about her experience getting her very first Mammogram. Having little knowledge of mammograms before her first, Maggievay admits that she was nervous and doubtful about going through with the screening. She relates to many other Pacific Islander women who are unsure about getting mammograms and other preventative screenings. In sharing that she felt relieved and glad after receiving her first mammogram, she relays the message of the importance of getting screened to the members of her community and encourages women of age to get screened.

ICHS Made it Easy for Me

YiJi Zhang shares a story about his enrollment process in the Affordable Care Act. A new client to ICHS, YiJi talks about the tremendous help he received from the In-Person Assisters and staff at ICHS. He wanted to pass on this resource about assistance in applying for healthcare coverage to his friends and community.

Stories as Seeds for Change

"There are numbers and statistics when you start talking about a budget but what's not talked about is how these stories affect lives."

Seattle City Councillor

A Shift to Distribution

For the past few years, MOVE partners have been busy producing stories about health equity. In fact, there are almost 200 stories on the site now! Yup, I had to doublecheck that myself.

Hepatitis B 101

This educational video on Hepatitis B was created and produced through a collaboration between the International Community Health Services, WithinReach of Washington and Dr. Chia Wang that was funded by a Gilead grant. The Hepatitis B virus is an infectious disease that damages the liver and can lead to liver cancer. People from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Sub-Saharan Africa are at the highest risk of being infected by this virus.  Create awareness for this disease, its methods of prevention and treatment in your community.

International District Community Kitchen

Participants of the International District Community Kitchen share a story of their experiences cooking, exchanging stories and eating together.

Taking Care of You

Janelle Okorogu, Project Coordinator at the Center for Multicultural Health, shares her story of her through Graduate School, rising above challenges and barriers and learning the important lesson of Self-Care.

A Life I never Dreamed of

Farm Sirisisangpha tells the story of her unexpected journey to the United States and the unlikely paths she has taken to arrive at her like now. As the Community Advocate for the Mien, Hmong and Laotian communities at the International Community Health Services (ICHS), Farm leads support groups for women and educates her community on disease prevention and healthy living choices.

Cagaarshow or Beer Holciye

Mohamed talked about how his Somali people call Hepatitis B  “Cagaarshoow”, which means “the conditions that makes eye color greenish. and how traditional treatment is used for this disease" . "Increased knowledge and awareness is needed in my community to protect themselves from Hepatitis B", he added.  Mohamed believes if Somalis know that this ailment is caused by the virus then they will deal with it more seriously.

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