White House Author
CEO, International Community Health Services (ICHS)
Teresita leads Washington State’s largest Asian American and Pacific Islander non-profit organization, providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services including medical, dental, behavioral health, acupuncture and health education services. ICHS has several bilingual in-person assisters, community advocates, and eligibility workers who work to actively help Asians and Pacific Islanders learn about health reform and apply for insurance. All of these staff are bilingual and bi-cultural and provide enrollment support in at least one Asian or Pacific Islander language, including Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Samoan, and Vietnamese. ICHS has also partnered with community based organizations, faith-based organizations, grocery stores, community centers, and libraries to meet the community's need.