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.


Socks and Hops Success Story: $25,000 and Lots of Socks!

SocksAndHopsThe Third Annual Socks and Hops fundraiser for Swope Health Services’ Healthcare for the Homeless programs was a rousing success.

More than 300 people joined the event at the City Market on Nov. 11, which raised more than $25,000 and brought hundreds of socks, hats and supplies for the homeless in Kansas City.

“We raised a glass or two, while also raising awareness of the needs of our community,” said Michelle Keller, Vice President of Community Engagement, Development and Outreach.

The event featured six craft beer brewers, one soda brewer, one coffee brewer and seven chefs from local restaurants.

Michael Crane, President and Co-Founder of Crane Brewing, applauds the unique aspect of the event, which is pairing brewers and chefs to produce specialty food and drink pairings.

socks and hops 2017 (3)“The amazing thing about Socks and Hops is there are several local craft breweries each paired with a local chef. Each chef masterfully pairs a dish with a beer from each brewery,” he said. “The event itself is a terrific value, but that it raises funds for such a great cause really makes it special.”

Crane, who has supported all three Socks and Hops programs, noted he initially wasn’t aware of SHS or the services provided through its network of 10 clinics.

“When I learned more about the services they provide to the community, I was thrilled to get behind this event and help in any way,” he said.  “I knew there was a large population of homeless in the Kansas City area. I also know that there are many families with children in great need today. With basic healthcare getting more difficult to afford, the services of Swope Health are needed now more than ever.”

SHS thanks all the sponsors and event participants:

Sponsors: Commerce Bank, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Samuel U. Rodgers Health CenterUMB, Concordance Healthcare Solutions, Interior Landscapes, RSM US LLC, Lockton Cos., Blue Gurus LLC, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Advanced Net Providers Inc., Truman Medical Centers, LabCorp, UDP, Catalant, and Pharmacy Solutions.

Brewers and Chefs: Lost Trail Soda, The Big Rip Brewing Co., Torn Label Brewing Co., Stockyards Brewing Co., Cinder Block Brewery, Crane Brewing, Pirate’s Bone Coffee, Bloom Baking Co., Taste of Brazil Kansas City, The Bite, Webster House, Urban Café, Ruins Pub, Bier Station and Bay Boy Sandwiches.

Donors: Laura Schmidt and Notes to Self, Sherre Johnson and SJ Insights, and David Lloyd of Benton Lloyd and Chung law firm, and North American Savings Bank (NASB).

“Socks & Hops features outstanding chef and brewer pairings in an eclectic setting all for the shared purpose of creating a healthier community,” says Sue Patterson, Director of Marketing & Events at City Market. “There just isn’t a more natural fit for City Market and Swope Health Services. It’s so natural in fact that several City Market restaurant chefs have become avid supporters and participants themselves, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Join us December 1st for an SHS Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

Holiday Mart (3)Here’s a chance for some fun and festive shopping, to support local shops and find ideas for holiday gifts.

Join us at the annual SHS Holiday Mart, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, in Building C.

The Holiday Mart features dozens of local retailers, artisans and craft makers, offering a wide assortment of gifts at reasonable prices.

For example, we’re lining up shopkeepers with jewelry, handbags, accessories, beauty products, clothing, decorative items and crafts.

We’ll also offer a lunchtime special for $5 – hot dog or nachos, with chips and a soft drink or coffee.

The vendors are our neighbors from the Kansas City community.

The vendors pay a small fee to participate, and those fees support programming for adults in our day programs. (We still have a few spaces available – contact Sonya Bolden-Oakley, 816-599-5263 or if you’d like to participate.)

This one-day pop-up Holiday Mart is a tradition at SHS. It’s a way to make it easier to find unique and practical gift items, while supporting our local economy and SHS programs.

Everyone is welcome to join us!

Third Annual Socks and Hops: Raise a Glass of Cheer  

socks and hopsYou’re invited to join us at our third annual Socks and Hops event, a party and fundraiser, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the City Market, 20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, Mo.

All proceeds support the SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

Tickets are $45 for general admission, which includes a tasting glass and foods; or $75 for VIP admission, which adds an early entry to the event, reserved parking and a gift bag.

This year’s event features craft beers and chef-prepared small dishes, including items from Lost Trail Soda, The Big Rip Brewing Co., Torn Label Brewing Co., Stockyards Brewing Co., Cinder Block Brewery and Crane Brewing.

We’ll also welcome a brewer of a different sort: Pirate’s Bone Coffee. These wonderful artisanal drinks are paired with amazing small dishes from: Bloom Baking Co., Taste of Brazil Kansas City, The Bite, Webster House, Urban Café, Ruins Pub and Bay Boy Sandwiches,

Socks and Hops – A benefit for SHS Healthcare for the Homeless

7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
City Market
20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, MO 64106

We appreciate the support of our sponsors:

We encourage all party-goers to bring socks for distribution on the SHS Mobile Medical Unit, which travels throughout the community to provide healthcare on wheels to area individuals experiencing homelessness. Watch the video recap of our first year to learn more.

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!

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