Join Us in Celebrating Community Health Centers

August 12-18 is National Health Center Week in the United States, designated and promoted by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

At Swope Health Services, we start the celebration early and keep it going all week!

  • Join us for our annual Burgers & Brainteasers Trivia Burgers and BrainteasersNight, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, August 10 at the Westport Flea Market Bar and Grill. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the event, 817 Westport Road in Kansas City. Your $25 ticket includes all-you-can-eat burgers, plus drink specials and trivia. Order your tickets in advance.  Proceeds from the event support the SHS Patients in Need Fund, supplying medicine, eyeglasses and other items to patients who otherwise would do without.
  • During the week, August 13-17, we pause and thank the “Healthcare Heroes” in our midst. With help from our sponsors, we offer healthy snack bags to our clients and treats to our associates, too. Our associates have the opportunity to recognize colleagues who deliver exceptional service as “Healthcare Heroes” in any capacity. Winners will be treated to the August 17 T-Bones game.
  • We host a Community Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 17, at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road. This year’s topic is “Coordination and Collaboration in the Face of Risk: Responding to Missouri’s Opioid Crisis.” Four panelists will discuss their organization’s role in addressing the opioid crisis while offering leadership lessons for responding to challenges that require coordination across multiple agencies. Attendees will learn strategies and tips for breaking down silos and working more effectively in cross-functional or interagency teams. Panelists are:
    • Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Health for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
    • Andrea Buford, Director of Clinical Operations for Swope Health Services Behavioral Health Department.
    • Vince Ortega is the executive director of COMBAT, the Jackson County organization funded by the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax that focuses on addressing substance abuse and drug-related crime.
    • Dr. Rachel Winograd is a Research Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) – University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL).
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Purchase tickets online by August 10, 2018. Tickets will NOT be available at the venue.

Behind this national celebration is a long record of success in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective, and accessible care.

We are proud to recognize our community-based model of care and creating public awareness of the many services we offer, especially to medically underserved segments of the community.

Nationally, health centers provide care to more than 27 million underserved patients, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. This includes:

  • More than 330,000 veterans
  • Nearly 1.3 million homeless patients
  • More than 955,000 migrant farmworkers, and
  • About 8 million children

A large majority – 83 percent of patients – are uninsured or insured by Medicare or Medicaid. More than 90 percent of patients nationally served by Community Health Centers are low income.

Nationally, Community Health Centers play a vital role in creating cost savings and promoting economic growth. Community Health Centers are responsible for generating $45 billion in economic activity, and saving $24 billion to the entire health care system.

That’s because Community Health Centers have 24 percent lower spending than other primary care providers for Medicaid patients.

All reasons worth a celebration. We hope you’ll join us.

Get Ready for Summerfest – Saturday, Aug. 4!

summerfest logoIt’s almost Back-to-School season, and we want to help you get ready.

Plan on joining us at the Kansas City Public Schools’ annual Summerfest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Summerfest Park at the Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave., and extending along Troost between 28th and 30th Streets.

Summerfest is an opportunity for school children of all ages to celebrate and prepare for the new school year.

This event has live entertainment, athletic competitions, educational games and free food. The event is presented by the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, with support from sponsors.

Summerfest is open to the community and will include a variety of community resources and children’s activities like a book nook, bouncy house, arts and crafts and face painting. The athletic and gaming zone features wall climbing, kickball and basketball – including a 3-on-3 tournament.

kcpsef logoStudents in Kansas City Public Schools will also be able to meet teachers and principals, and enroll for the coming year at the event.

In preparation for school, students will have the opportunity to receive a free T-shirt, backpack, school supplies and more. Register in advance to reserve a backpack for your student.

The event offers free shuttle transportation with pick-ups starting at 9 a.m. and continuing every half hour from Northeast High School, Manual Career and Technical Center, East High School, Central High School and Southeast High School. Returns start at 1 p.m.

Swope Health Services will be at the event, too. A pediatric provider will be on hand to talk with parents and share information about our services. We’ll be scheduling appointments for well-child visits, immunizations and annual physicals for kids participating in school sporting activities.

The SHS Mobile Medical Unit will be on site, too, offering free hearing and vision screenings, and helping you make follow-up appointments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us at the Public Health & Safety Fair

healthfair flyerYou are invited to the 12th Annual Public Health & Safety Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Arrowhead Stadium Founders’ Plaza.

Sponsored by Missouri Sen. S. Kiki Curls, this event is free and open to all.

The purpose of the event is to reduce health disparities in the African-American community by providing access to resources.

The event will feature more than 150 vendors providing information on health care, nutrition, exercise and all aspects of healthy living.

Demonstrations will include bicycle safety training and courses in car and booster seat installation. Healthcare stations will offer a variety of services like diabetes and blood pressure screenings and dental and eye checks.

Last year, more than 3,000 people participated in the event. This year, program partners are the Kansas City Police Department, Truman Medical Centers, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, the Black Health Care Coalition and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Swope Health Services will be at the event, offering information on our services.

If you need transportation to the event, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will provide free transportation from several pick-up points. See the Health & Safety Website for details.

Join Us for Health and Wellness Day at the T-Bones on Sunday, June 3

YogaonFieldYou’re invited to join Swope Health Services at “Health and Wellness Day” at the T-Bones on Sunday, June 3.

The doors open at 10 a.m. at the T-Bones Stadium at 1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, KS, for a day of family fun and fitness.

SHS will host an information table at the stadium, and dozens of SHS associates will be on hand.

At 11 a.m., you can take to the field to participate in “Yoga on the Field,” a guided Yoga lesson for all levels, brought to you by MYyogaKC.

Following the yoga session, kids can play catch on the field with T-Bones players just before the start of the game. The T-Bones will play the Kansas Wingnuts starting at 1:05 p.m.

Immediately after the game, kids return to the field to run the bases.

“The T-Bones and SHS are partnering to make this a ‘Fun, Well-Done’ event,” said Scott Steckly, T-Bones vice president of corporate sales. “The day combines healthy lifestyles with baseball fun, making it the perfect outing for our community.”

The T-Bones are Kansas City’s independent professional baseball team, part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Parking at the stadium is free. Ticket prices range from $6.50 each for general admission to $16 each for prime seats. Tickets purchased on game day incur an extra $2 fee so get your tickets early on the T-Bones website.

We hope you’ll join us!

Join Us This Saturday: Let’s Move!

5krun-partyLooking for a little family fun this weekend?

You’re invited to join the 2018 Family 101 5K Walk/Run/Bike Community Block Party and Health Fair.

The event is Saturday, May 19, at the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, KS, 66101.

Here is the line-up for the day’s activities:

  • 8 a.m.: Start of the Family 101 Walk/Run/Bike 5k, at the New Bethel Church.This is an event for everyone, whether you want to set a new personal record or simply take a stroll.The Walk/Run route follows the Jersey Creek Trail in Kansas City, KS. There is a separate pair of courses for cyclists, a short route for novice bicyclists and a longer route for experienced cyclists. The event also offers a one-mile walking route. Families and teams are welcome! There is no fee for entry for individuals age 18 and under.
  • 9 a.m.: Start of the Health Fair, with booths provided by sponsors including Swope Health Services, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, United Healthcare, the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, the YMCA and Sunflower Health Plan.
  • 10 a.m.: Start of the kid’s dash and Community Block Party.

The theme for the all-day celebration is “Let’s Move, Wyco” as a reminder of the health benefits of walking. The event encourages community unity while promoting use of the renovated Jersey Creek Trail, one of the largest greenways in Wyandotte County.

babyto1logoThe Family 101 Health Fair puts a focus on infant health with an initiative called “Every Baby to 1.” The initiative promotes the “3S” approach of Safe Sleep, Safe Space and Social Support to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

According to the initiative, there were nearly 4,000 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the U.S. in 2015, and 25 percent of these were due to unsafe sleep practices. One in three sudden infant deaths in Wyandotte County are the result of unsafe sleep.

This is the fifth year for the Block Party. In previous years, more than 60 vendors and sponsors have supported the event, which has drawn more than 500 participants.

The annual event is hosted by the NBC Community Development Corp., which is the outreach arm of the New Bethel Church. A not-for-profit organization, NBC Community Development works on a range of projects to provide services to Wyandotte County residents.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Join SHS for These May Events!

SHS Block PartyTime to get out your calendars! We’d love you to join us for these upcoming events.

Saturday, May 5: Swope Health Services Block Party. Here is the lineup of activities:

  • The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration for the Family Fun Walk, at the newly refurbished Spirit of Freedom Fountain at 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Parking is available at the Brush Creek Community Center. At 9:30 a.m., join in a warm-up exercise led by a fitness coach, at the fountain. The Walk starts at 10 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.: The Mental Health & Wellness Block Party ramps up at Swope Health Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, with parking available at the Mazuma Credit Union Building. The party includes a live broadcast and music by KPRS 103.3 Hot Jamz, raffles, a performance by Battery Tour. Food trucks will be offering items for sale. If the weather turns rainy, the event will be held inside Swope Health Services’ Community Rooms located on the east side of the complex.
  • You’ll have a chance to connect with local community resources: SHS will host intervention workshops to share coping techniques and discuss co-occurring disorders; Cornerstones of Care will provide relationship education; Aim4Peace will offer haircuts for boys and lead exercises in developing personal resilience; and Kansas City Parks & Recreation will share information on its new KC Life X program and its summer youth programs.

Friday, May 11: Open House at Swope Health Services OB-GYN and Pediatric Clinics

  • Join us for a brief opening ceremony at 8 a.m., followed by tours of the newly renovated clinics where you can meet SHS staff and providers. This event is at SHS Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130. A continental breakfast will be served.



Join SHS at These Events in April and May!

You’re invited to join us at these upcoming events in April and May. Please come!


  • Imani House Open HouseImani House Open House: Swope Health Services’ Imani House is always working to open new doors for clients, and now it’s time to open our own doors for you!

We are hosting an Open House at Imani House at 8 a.m. Friday, April 20, at 3950 E. 51st, Kansas City, MO 64130. The event is free and everyone is invited.

Light refreshments will be served.  We’ll provide tours of the center, to highlight significant renovations that are just finishing up.

Imani House offers residential services and medically assisted treatment for substance abuse, as well as counseling and treatment activities to learn coping skills and overcome urges for alcohol and drugs.

Services include screening and assessments, case management, group and individual counseling, psychiatric services and year-round education and training in healthy lifestyles.

  • AIDS Walk Kansas City: Plan on joining us for the 30th Annual AIDS Walk Kansas City, Saturday, April 28.The event starts at 9 a.m. with music and fun at Theis Park, at the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Oak Street, just east of the Country Club Plaza. The walk begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine! Look for SHS – our marching brigade will be 50 strong!


While you’ve got your calendar out, make a note of these events in early May:

  • Mental Health Block Party and Family Fun Walk: This event is so big it’s taking up the whole block! Saturday, May 5, join us for a Family Fun Walk at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the Family Fun Walk gets underway at 9:30 a.m.The SHS Mental Health and Wellness Block Party gets going from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SHS Central, with parking at Mazuma Credit Union Building.The event features raffles, an open mic, loads of community resources and a performance by local artists Battery Tour.
  • Pediatrics and OB-GYN Open House: Open House at SHS Pediatrics and OB-GYN at 8 a.m. Friday, May 11. Tour our newest upgrades to Pediatrics and OB-GYN.Both clinics are on the first floor at the SHS Central Facility, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130. This event is free and open to all, with light refreshments.

WOOF! SHS Celebrates National Puppy Day!

You might think this is just an excuse to show some photos of adorable puppies.

So? You might be right.

On March 23, we used National Puppy Day as our reason to promote the health benefits that come to puppy owners.

For example, if you have a puppy, you’ll be taking a lot of walks and that’s great for your health. Walking helps you maintain a healthy weight and strengthen bones and muscles. If you have chronic illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, walking can help you manage your condition.

Puppies are also great for emotional support and fellowship. Puppies, known for unconditional love, can’t help but make people feel happier. The slogan for National Puppy Day sums it up: “No love like puppy love.”

The SHS Facebook page featured photos of the four-legged family members of SHS associates, including:

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Say hello to the elegant Copper Keller, who belongs to Michelle Keller, vice president of community engagement, development & outreach.


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Olive loves ice cream! She’s getting a treat from Dan Gillen, director of medical informatics.


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Toki and Winnie love to run! These beauties are owned by Vann Nicholson, SHS maintenance administrator.



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Sophie regularly joins our Amy Thiede, utilization manager, at SHS picnics.


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This noble creature is Henry, owned by Dan Barnett, communications manager at SHS.


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This handsome gang belongs to Mike Hattaway, chief pharmacist at SHS.


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Wonder how this dog got his name? This is Moose, owned by Greg Adams, SHS director of accounting.


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Meet Sweet Zion, owned by Nikki Shoals, SHS pharmacy supervisor

Feel free to share your puppy love with us on our Facebook page. Shouldn’t every day be puppy day?

It’s a Great Day to Read!

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_ 2017NEWFriday, March 2 is “Read Across America Day,” as designated by the National Education Association, and Swope Health Services is in on the festivities again this year. Plan on joining us!

We’ll have books available to all children visiting SHS locations throughout the day.

The books are provided courtesy of the Holiday book drive at the Plaza Barnes & Noble store.

“We’re going to make sure every kiddo who visits us on March 2 goes home with a new book,” said Amy Kuhnlein, Community Affairs and Development Manager. “Thanks to the generosity of the Plaza Barnes & Noble and their customers, we have almost 2,100 books to offer to our younger patients.”

SHS joins this nationwide event annual to help introduce children to the joys of reading.

The annual event is held on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the beloved author of children’s classics including “The Cat in the Hat” and 43 other whimsical favorites.

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“This is more than just a day for fun,” Amy noted. “We’re part of this because we understand how important reading is. It’s a huge factor in student achievement. Kids who like to read do better in school and become lifelong readers.”

Providers also use the books to help assess a child’s cognitive and physical development, said Kristy Willoughby-Randolph, LPN, Clinic Manager, Pediatrics.

The books lead to discussions about the importance of reading to children.

Reading with a child provides close, one-on-one time with that child,” said Kristy. “Reading helps children learn about numbers, colors, shapes, animals, people and more. It gives kids an opportunity to use their imagination and step into another world.”

The NEA reports that children who are read to enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.

Fostering a love of learning and reading is key to children’s success, in school and in life.

Look who we caught reading at SHS!

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Dave Barber, President and CEO, with “Green Eggs and Ham”


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Naimesh Patel, CFO and COO, with “The Giving Tree”


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Dan Barnett, Communications Manager, with “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”


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Even our optometry team is in on the act!

You Are Invited to Our Open Houses!

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See new equipment installed in OB/GYN for faster access to vital signs.

Swope Health Services is planning three Open Houses and we’d like you to join us!

This is our chance to show off a little – we are highlighting significant renovations in three areas. These events will feature tours of the new facilities, a brief program and light refreshments. All the events are free and open to everyone.

Please add these dates to your calendar:

  • 8 a.m. Friday, March 30, Behavioral Health Children’s Services, Second Floor, SHS Central Facility, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130
  • 8 a.m. Friday, April 20, Imani House, 3950 E. 51st, Kansas City, MO 64130
  • 8 a.m. Friday, May 11, Pediatrics and OB-GYN, First Floor, SHS Central Facility, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130


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A new playroom is a popular spot in the Children’s Services Center.

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New murals deliver positive images throughout the Pediatrics department.