Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a non-profit community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services in Washington State.

Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services.

Sea Mar’s network of services includes more than 50 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and centers, and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. Serving over 200,000 people annually, our model of care places patients’ needs at the center of attention as we deliver comprehensive health and human services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, preventive health, housing, and education.

Sea Mar stands for “Seattle Marysville.” In 1978 Sea Mar was founded in Seattle, with a future intent to develop a clinic in Marysville (and elsewhere) in order to serve Latinos, particularly migrant farm workers. Since then Rogelio Riojas, Sea Mar’s CEO, has enacted his vision of growing a network of Community Health Centers throughout Western Washington, providing care for the underserved. Over the years, Sea Mar’s medical services have grown to 28 clinics in 10 counties throughout Western Washington. We look forward to growing and improving access to quality health care for the communities we serve.

Sea Mar and Graduate Medical Education

The Sea Mar Marysville Family Medicine Residency is Sea Mar’s first residency program as the institutional sponsor. However, Sea Mar’s Seattle clinic is part of one of the pioneering Family Medicine Residency programs, The Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill (formerly Providence). In 1987 Sea Mar began a partnership with the Providence FMR to host a satellite clinic training site for its residents. This was the first such collaboration between a Community Health Center and an established residency program. This 30 year partnership has been very successful and Sea Mar Seattle has its own number in the Match, matching 2 residents to the Swedish Cherry Hill FMR/Sea Mar Seattle training site each year.

In 2015 Sea Mar started its first Nurse Practitioner Residency at the Sea Mar Seattle clinic. The Sea Mar Seattle Family Nurse Practitioner Residency accepts two nurse practitioner graduates per year. The program provides new grads with a bridge year to enhance their clinical skills and ramp up their patient volume slowly, in a supportive, teaching-focused atmosphere. While residencies are not yet mandatory for nurse practitioners (as they are for physicians), this concept is catching on nationwide, especially in CHC settings, as a way to support enhanced Nurse Practitioner training and to prevent burnout and increase retention.

The Sea Mar Office of Medical Education

Along with its GME residency programs, Sea Mar has an organizational commitment to offering medical education experiences to students from high school  through graduate school. The Sea Mar Office of Medical Education was created to manage all of the organization’s educational programming, including the residency programs.

Sea Mar clinics have offered shadowing and clinical rotation opportunities to students for decades and Sea Mar Seattle is a training site for the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Clerkship Program for third-year medical students. Sea Mar has a number of affiliation agreements with various graduate schools to offer clinical placements. When combined with our residency programs this creates the “Sea Mar Provider Pipeline”, a supportive path with structured educational opportunities from high school, college, AmeriCorps HealthCorps, graduate school (including medical school, nursing school, and Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant school), and on through residency.