Brew HaHa Happy Hour – Join us at Bier Station on Thursday November 2nd!

John Couture Raise a glass AND raise some funds at Bier Station – all to support Swope Health Services’ Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

Bier Station owner John Couture uses his business to focus on supporting the community. The bar, which is a craft beer tasting bar and bottle shop, uses its lively tavern environment and beer garden to host fundraisers and events for local community groups.

“I’m fortunate to own a successful business,” Couture said. “We decided that our emphasis as a business would be to give back.”

That emphasis shows up in frequent fundraisers and events for community groups. In addition to SHS, Bier Station has hosted events for the groups supporting civil rights, the environment, first responders, veterans and other community organizations.

Since the beginning of the year, Bier Station has raised more than $79,000 for local organizations.

He supports SHS because he believes healthcare is a human right.

“I know how valuable healthcare is to the community. Some of my staff and customers depend on community health centers,” he said. “I kept hearing how much good Swope Health Services was doing in the community and I wanted to support that.”

Couture continued: “Healthcare is a right, and it’s in danger in our country. Our system is flawed and even what we have is in danger of being stripped away. How could you NOT support that?”

Warm-up event for Socks and Hops


Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, is hosting a Socks and Hops Preview Happy Hour, called Brew HaHa, from 4 – 11 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2.

Couture and other local brewers are donating kegs of beer and all sales from those kegs go directly to SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

SHS invites everyone to visit the preview event – even if you’re not a fan of beer.

With dozens of varieties on tap and in bottles, Couture is certain he and his “beer geek” staff can find a brew that will appeal even to non-beer drinkers. He also serves wine, soft drinks and food.

4-11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
at Bier Station
120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, 64114

Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring new warm socks to the event! There will be local brewers’ products for sale, plus an “Ultimate Socks & Hops Gift Basket” raffle, with all proceeds supporting the SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs. Tickets for Socks & Hops will be also be on sale.

We’re Getting Ready for Treat Town! You Should Too!

Treat Town FlyerIs it ever too early to start planning for Halloween?

We don’t think so.

We’ve been working on this year’s Treat Town festivities, and hope you will plan on joining us 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 31 at Swope Health Services Central facility, 3801 Blue Parkway.

We convert our Building C activity rooms into a safe and fun trick-or-treat experience for kids 12 and younger accompanied by an adult.

We provide the candy!

KPRS Hot 103 Jamz (FM 103.3) provides the rocking music!

And Battery Tour, led by the local artist AY, is back for another live performance.

LuLuBell the Clown will be creating balloon animals for visitors.

You’ll find games and treats for the kids, and adults can pick up information on a variety of health and community services.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of participants, so plan on arriving early. Don’t forget your costumes!


If You Like Burgers and Have a Brain, You’ll LOVE Burgers and Brainteasers!

BB_TRIVIA_FLYER_2017 v2 (1)Join us for Swope Health Services’ Third Annual Burgers and Brainteasers Trivia event, 6:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 11 at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, 817 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO.

The event is a fundraiser for the SHS Patients in Need fund, which assists with patient costs for medications, eyeglasses and other services. Tickets are $25 each and are available online.

As in previous years, the event features:

  • an all-you-can-eat burger bar;
  • drink specials;
  • great raffle prizes and
  • trivia!

Doors open at 6 p.m. In previous years, the event has sold out, so we encourage you to buy your tickets today.

You can sign up an entire team (ideally 8-10 people) if you like, but that’s not required. Individuals can be formed into a team at the event.

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Nate Herron

Kansas City’s top trivia master Nate Herron will run the event, a cross between stand-up comedy and pop culture trivia and games.

The event will include the “Heads or Tails” game and $25 Amazon gift cards for winners.  The evening’s raffle prize is a Royals gift basket, featuring two tickets to an upcoming game.

The event is part of SHS’s celebration of National Health Center Week, which runs Aug. 13-19. The week is sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers with the goals of enhancing the visibility of and generating support for community health centers.

We hope to see you at the event!

2016 trivia night

2016 trivia night…a great time was had by all!

Mark Your Calendars! Back-to-School Health Fair – Saturday, July 29th

Back to School Health Fair FlyerIt’s summer now, but school season will be here in a few short weeks!

We’re ready to help all school-aged children get ready with our fourth annual Back-to-School Health Fair.

The fair is free and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at SHS Central, 3801 Blue Parkway in Kansas City, Mo.

Like previous years, this 2017 health fair offers a one-stop shop for health screenings for kids, including immunizations (as needed), pending provider availability. Parents, please remember to bring your I.D. and your child’s immunization records.

We’ll also provide backpacks, filled with school supplies, and bicycle helmets for school-aged kids – free, while supplies last. (Children must be present to receive these items.)

The event promises music and fun, too, with performances by The Battery Tour as well as balloon animals, face painting and refreshments.

The fair includes information for parents and children, with resource tables featuring staff from SHS and community organizations.

See you Saturday, July 29!

SHS Gratefully Acknowledges the Support of our Sponsors and community partners who make this possible:


Shop Local! Visit the SHS Holiday Mart Friday, Dec. 16

holiday-mart-1-webPlan on joining us from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, as we transform the Activity Room at SHS Building C into our annual Holiday Mart.

The Holiday Mart features local vendors in a fun, festive atmosphere. You’ll find 15 to 20 local artisans, craftmakers and vendors ready to sell their wares – jewelry, handbags, artwork, clothing, beauty products, decorative items, food and more!

Participating vendors pay a small fee, which is used to provide holiday programming for adults in our community day programs.

The Holiday Mart is a great way to support local vendors who support SHS and the community.

Coffee and lunch will be available, too. The lunch menu will feature beef hot dogs and nachos for $5.

Would you like to participate as a vendor? Contact Grace N. Okonta, Adult Community Support/Day Program Coordinator at  816-599-5284 or

Support your local merchants and SHS community programs! Plan on shopping with us. All are welcome!


2nd Annual Socks and Hops a Big Success!

socks-and-hops-2016-1More than 200 people joined the Second Annual SHS Socks and Hops event Saturday, Nov. 12, at the City Market.

The crowd raised glasses of local artisanal beer and sodas while raising funds to help the homeless.

The event produced more than $9,600 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and raffles, with all proceeds supporting SHS Healthcare for the Homeless. Donations of socks were requested along with entry to the event.

“Providing clean, warm socks is one way to provide support for the homeless community, especially in these cold weather months,” said Michelle Keller, SHS vice president of patient services.

“Our Healthcare for the Homeless outreach program always sees an increase in frostbite and foot injuries as the weather turns colder. With foot injuries, there’s less mobility and, sometimes, that means more difficulty gaining access to needed healthcare services.”

The community party featured seven local craft breweries, plus six area chefs.

socks-and-hops-2016-5The local chefs:

Kansas City’s top craft brewers provided the beer and soft drinks:

socks-and-hops-2016-6“We’re grateful to all of our sponsors for their support for the homeless program,” Keller said. “We know the socks and funds will provide much-needed care for the homeless community we reach with the Mobile Medical Unit.”

The SHS Mobile Medical Unit makes regular visits to metro-area shelters to provide healthcare services.

Staffed with a full-time nurse practitioner, registered nurse and certified medical assistant, the Mobile Medical Unit offers physicals, immunizations, blood tests, and urgent care for non-emergencies.

The SHS care team also provides behavioral counseling and assists with finding resources like housing, transportation and employment.

If you missed this year’s event, you can still assist with a secure donation at the SHS website. Any amount is welcome. For example, a $10 donation provides for the purchase of two ready-to-eat heater meals.


Heads up! Here’s Our Seasonal Holiday Closing Schedule

shs-holiday-schedulePlease note our holiday closing schedule.  We will be closed on:

  • Monday, Dec. 26
  • Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Additionally, all SHS clinics will close at noon Friday, Dec. 2.

Throughout the holiday season, and into the New Year, we encourage you to call ahead to schedule your appointments. Simply dial 816-923-5800. You can request same-day appointments using the same number.

Don’t forget! We ask for at least 24-hours’ notice for any cancellations or requests for rescheduled appointments. If you can’t make your original appointment, please let us know. That way, we can offer the appointment to someone else who may need to be seen. Thank you.

SHS wishes our patients and all in our community a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Time to Man Up: Learn About Prostate Cancer on Tuesday, September 27th

prostateflyerSwope Health Services is hosting a free event, “Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Cleveland Room at SHS Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.

The event features Dan Gillen, APRN, FNP-C, who works in the SHS Adult Medicine Department. He will present the recommendations on prostate cancer screenings from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based health care.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer, the task force reports. Older men, African-American men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer.

In recent years, Dan noted, the task force has revised guidelines for Prostate Cancer screening. That’s because although prostate cancer is common, in most cases it grows very slowly and does not cause symptoms.

“There were many cases of false positives, and often, the tests, biopsies and treatments would cause unnecessary pain,” Dan said. “It is important to understand and make decisions about screening and treatment, especially since most prostate cancer won’t cause health problems.”

At the event, Dan will review the two types of screenings – a blood test and a rectal exam. He’ll explain the typical steps if prostate cancer is indicated: a second blood test, an ultrasound, and if warranted, a biopsy.

A biopsy, he notes, can cause pain, bleeding or infection, sometimes for no reason. Treatment may also include radiation or surgery, which can be more risky than allowing the slow-growth cancer to proceed untreated.

“I want to applaud men for taking charge of their health with a prostate screening, and I want to make sure they know other screenings might be even more important,” he said. “Colon cancer screening can identify a cancer that needs to be removed. If you have high blood pressure, you’ve got to take your medication. If you’re smoking, you should stop.”


To participate in the Prostate Cancer event, please RSVP by calling 816-599-5715 or send an email to Free screenings are available for the first 10 people who sign up.

Men, today is a good day to take charge of your health. If you haven’t had a check-up lately, call SHS at 816-923-5800 to make an appointment.

Burgers, Brews and Brainteasers! Join Us Friday, August 5th!

BBB 2016Why should you plan on coming to the Swope Health Services’ Second Annual Burgers, Brews, and Brainteasers event?

Here are four good reasons:

  • an all-you-can-eat burger bar,
  • drink specials,
  • great raffle prizes and
  • trivia!

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, 817 Westport Road. Tickets are just $25 and are available online. All proceeds from the event support the SHS Patients In Need fund.

Trivia master Nate Herron runs the event as a cross between stand-up comedy and pop culture trivia and games, said Jennie Rinas, one of the members of the organizing committee for the event.

“You can expect a lot of laughs,” she said. “Even if you’re not big on trivia, you can count on some great laughs.”

In addition to laughs, you might also be lucky enough to win one of several raffle prizes, including tickets to a Royals game, the Lyric Opera and the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. Other prizes include gift cards, Royals gear, Swope Health Services gifts and more.

BBB2015Jennie, a marketing and branding coordinator at the Kansas City Water Department, helped with last year’s event, too. She encourages advance ticket purchases because last year, the event sold out!

“We hated to do it, but we had to turn people away at the door,” said Jennie. “We reached capacity so make sure you buy your tickets early.”

Team sign-ups are also welcome but not required. Individuals who want to participate will be assigned to a team at the event.

“If you’re going to spend money on a night out with friends, I think you might as well spend it so that it goes to help a great cause,” she said. “Why not? That’s a win-win situation.”

The event is held in connection with SHS’s celebration of National Health Center Week, which runs Aug. 7-13.


Celebrate America’s Health Centers, Join our Community Luncheon on August 12th

Dr. Karmen Smith

Dr. Karmen Smith

In honor of National Health Center Week, Aug. 7-13, 2016, Swope Health Services will host a community luncheon and book signing featuring Dr. Karmen Smith.

Dr. Smith will speak on the power of forgiveness at the Kauffman Foundation at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Tickets are $45 and include a copy of Dr. Smith’s book, The “I Am” Solution.

Dr. Smith brings more than 20 years’ experience in mental health and child welfare. She will explain how the power of forgiveness can be the key to unlocking the life you imagine, from more loving relationships to more abundant finances.

In addition to her roles as a public speaker and author, Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical social worker, a trauma specialist, and an ordained minister based in Las Vegas, Nev. Her mother, Kanzetta Harris, was a longtime social worker at SHS. In 1989, SHS opened a residential housing facility and named it The Kanzetta Harris House to commemorate her work.

ABOUT National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week is a time designated to celebrate the critical role of community health centers in caring for the medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.