Swope Health Supports KC PAL Vaccination Event

On Sept. 14, 2021, Swope Health provided COVID-19 vaccinations free to participants at an event at Kansas City Police Athletic League, 1801 White Ave., Kansas City, MO  64126.

A total of 18 individuals received the Pfizer vaccination. Second dose of Pfizer vaccination will be offered Oct. 5, 5-7, at the KC PAL Center.


Swope Health Vaccination Events Sept. 3-4

Swope Health supported two vaccination events on the weekend of Sept. 3 and 4:

Swope Health Supports Three Weekend Vaccination Events

On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Swope Health team provided COVID-19 vaccinations at three area events:

The National Congress of Black Women Inc.  is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American women and their families. The mission of the Congress is to educate youth on the responsibilities of good citizenship and the importance of engaging the political process, while also providing opportunities for internships and other learning experiences at the local, state, national and global levels.

  • At the local American Postal Workers Union picnic, Swope Health joined festivities that included a waterslide, carnival games and food trucks at the day-long annual celebration for inside, maintenance and transportation workers at the US Postal Service. The event was open to active workers and retirees and their families. More than 400 people participated in the event at the IBEW Local 124 facility, 301 E. 103rd Terrace in Kansas City, MO.

Swope Health delivers COVID-19 Vaccinations at KCK Police Athletic League

Swope Health provided free COVID-19 vaccinations at the Police Athletic League of Kansas City, Kansas on Aug. 4 and Aug. 25

The events were sponsored by Swope Health with El Centro Inc. and KCK PAL, at the PAL center, 800 N 5th St. Participants were offered giveaways and the chance to enter a raffle for grocery gift cards.

The Police Athletic League of KCK offers youth the opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in academic, cultural, mentoring and sports programs. The program provides a safe, caring, and supportive environment, where members of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department and citizens work together to facilitate a community free from fear and violence.

Swope Health Celebrates with Operation Breakthrough!

Sunday afternoon was full of blue skies, games, and smiles at Operation Breakthrough’s 50th anniversary Family Reunion – a picnic and street fair for member families and program alumni.

Despite sultry temperatures, kids played pickleball and line-danced in the street at Operation Breakthrough’s campus at 3039 Troost Ave. About 150 families participated in the afternoon festivities, which included water tables, shaved ice and snacks, face painting, temporary tatoos and a DJ playing music.

Swope Health was there celebrating too, announcing our new dental clinic opening soon in the lower level at Sister Corita’s place.

From this new clinic, Swope Health KidsCare will provide comprehensive and preventive dental services for children enrolled in Operation Breakthrough, and eventually, for their families and members of the community.

“Congratulations to Operation Breakthrough on your 50th anniversary,” said Dr. Megan Krohn, Executive Vice President of Dental Services for Swope Health, during a brief program. “We are so happy to be here to join the Operation Breakthrough family and we can’t wait to meet you all.”

From the Operation Breakthough KidsCare Clinic, the Swope Health dental team will provide comprehensive exams, cleanings, radiographs, fluoride treatment and sealants. In addition, the Swope Health team offers nutrition counseling, home care instruction, restorative treatment and follow-up care coordination.

Work is currently underway to renovate the clinic site, and in early 2022, an expansion will bring new equipment, an updated X-ray unit, a new dental room and a bigger lobby. The clinic will have a full-time dental team.

Members of the KidsCare dental team and other Swope Health associates were on hand to share toothbrushes, toothpaste, timers, healthy snacks and other items with families.

“We’re looking forward to being part of the next 50 years of the Operation Breakthrough community,” said Dr. Krohn.

Vaccination event, family essentials giveaway at Swope Health West

On Saturday, July 31, Swope Health West hosted a free drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 vaccination event, with free food giveaways.

More than 170 families were served at the event.

Swope Health provided first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals age 12 and up.

Conducted with support from El Centro, Harvesters, KanCare and Aetna Better Health of Kansas, the event offered offer fresh foods and protein.




A Great Community Day at Swope Health West

On Saturday, July 10, Swope Health West welcomed members of the community to a free, drive-through and walk-up vaccination event, which also featured fresh foods and protein boxes.

Conducted with support from El Centro, Harvesters, KanCare and Aetna Better Health of Kansas, the event served 89 households, made up of 173 adults, 149 children and 15 seniors. A total of 7,380 pounds of food was distributed. The foods available were frozen protein, milk, fresh potatoes and grapes.

Swope Health provided the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to 18 individuals age 12 and up. The second dose of the vaccination was scheduled for July 31, also at Swope Health West, 4835 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

Swope Health at Juneteenth Heritage Festival

Swope Health participated in the JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival on June 19 in the 18th & Vine Historic District.

The event featured a Gospel Jubilee; Youth Zone at the Jay McShann Pavilion; Health Fair at Gregg Klice Community Center; Onyx Art Gallery at the Gem Theater and retail/food vendors, special activities and live performances.

Swope Health offered free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone age 12 and older, and, at our mobile dental clinic, offered free screenings and fluoride treatments.

Swope Health Celebrates at Juneteenth Parade 2021!

Here are some of our favorite scenes from the 2021 Juneteenth Parade and Block Party, held Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Join us for Juneteenth KC!

Swope Health is proud to participate in Kansas City’s 2021 Juneteenth Celebrations, including a Juneteenth Family Giveaway and Vaccination Event, the Juneteenth Parade and the Juneteenth Heritage Festival.

The JuneteenthKC organization, a non-profit, describes Juneteenth as the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally Juneteenth is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1864.

​JunteenthKC notes that the celebration was brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America. The annual heritage event celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.

Here’s a roundup of Swope Health’s activities in the free celebrations. Join us!

  • June 10: Family Essentials Giveaway and Vaccine Event: Held from 4-6 pm on Thursday, June 10, at 8801 Westridge Blvd., Raytown at the Giving Has No Season KC Community Fridge. This event features free food and essentials. Anyone age 18 and older can receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination.
  • June 12: the Juneteenth Parade: It all starts at noon Saturday June 12 and runs from Grove Park, then south on Benton to 18th Street through the heart of the historic district. The entire route is a little less than a mile and a half long. The event features floats, cars, parade marchers, bands and welcomes Mayor Quinton Lucas as the Grand Marshall. The event also includes the naming of an honorary Mr. and Ms. JuneteenthKC. Look for the Swope Health mobile dental unit in the parade, and Swope Health booths and games along 18th Street between Woodland and Highland streets.
  • June 19: JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival – Starts at noon and runs all day! Held throughout the 18th & Vine Historic District, the festival is hosted by Sean Tyler. Admission is free! Events include: noon, Gospel Jubilee; Youth Zone at the Jay McShann Pavilion; Health Fair at Gregg Klice Community Center; Onyx Art Gallery at the Gem Theater and retail/food vendors, special activities and live performances. Swope Health will offer free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone age 12 and older (anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present).

Learn more about Juneteenth History.