Vaccination event Jan. 24 in KCK

Please join us!

COVID-19 vaccinations available Monday, Jan. 24, 4-7 pm at The Merc Co+op, 510 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

Vaccinations available, no appointment necessary, for age 5 and up (individuals under 18 must have guardian or parent present).

Event sponsored by El Centro and Swope Health.

MLK Day Food Giveaway

Here are some scenes from the Jan. 17 Food Giveaway at Swope Health Central. The event, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was supported by Harvesters and volunteers.

Pat Clarke of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association

Kialah Marshall, Swope Health patient advocate

Event at Swope Health Central

Volunteers Dennishia Toliver and Ja’Kel Ringo

Volunteer Cornelius Mitchell

Photos courtesy of Jazzlyn Johnson, Reporter, The Community Voice


Swope Health hosts Medicaid Expansion Town Hall

On Saturday, Nov. 20, Swope Health and the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus hosted a free Town Hall at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO.

The event featured presentations on Medicaid expansion by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and Jeron Ravin, JD, President and CEO of Swope Health.

The Kansas City branch of the NAACP, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, KC Tenants, the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute are co-sponsors of the event.


Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin and US Rep.  Emanuel Cleaver II shared information with the community at a Medicaid Expansion Town Hall.








Jeron Ravin fielded questions about Missouri Medicaid Expansion from the audience in a packed gymnasium at Macedonia Baptist Church. The event included breakfast for 150 registrants.








Missouri State Representative Ashley Bland Manlove was at the event promoting Medicaid Expansion efforts.

Vaccination event at Friendship Baptist

Swope Health supported a COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday, Nov. 13  with Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Drive, Kansas City, MO.

The free event offered first and second doses and boosters for those who qualify, as well as the Pfizer vaccine  for kids age 5-11 with parent or guardian.

Co-sponsored by the Community Builders of Kansas City, the event also featured a free food and family essentials giveaway including turkeys, food, diapers and books. The event served 528 households or 2,372 individuals — 1,134 adults, 971 kids, and 267 seniors.

Additional sponsors included Jackson County Executive Frank White and Teresa White, Blue Parkway Sunfresh, Happy Bottoms, Harvesters, the Kansas City Public Library, Catholic Charities, the Greater Kansas City Building and Trades Construction Council and the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.



November First Saturday Give-away

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Swope Health hosted a “First Saturday” food and family essentials giveaway at Swope Health Central.

The giveaway included food boxes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, turkeys and winter coats. The event served 587 people.

More than 100 volunteers supported the event, which was sponsored by Total Man, Harvesters, Community Action Agency of Kansas City, Aetna, Home State Health, Nexus, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Sen. Barbara Anne Washington, Morningstar’s Development Company, Brass Pinnacle Group, McCown Gordon, United Way, Jackson County, Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association, The Links Inc. and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Minority Health.

A Joyful Treat Town: Goodies to 1100 kids

Swope Health’s 26th annual Treat Town was a rousing success.

The 2021 event, which once again was held as a drive-through trick-or-treating celebration, delivered 1,500 bags of assorted candies and treats to an estimated 1,100 kids – most in costumes!

Held Saturday, Oct. 30, the event drew kids from across the metro area. Cars were directed through a large, decorated tent where masked volunteers distributed the treat bags to kids.

The event was supported by Hot 103 Jamz radio.




Swope Health kicks off food giveaways in Wyandotte County

On Oct. 23, Swope Health hosted the first of a series of free food giveaways at Swope Health West, 4835 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

In three hours, Swope Health and Harvesters distributed more than 2,000 pounds of food to 135 families consisting of 606 people.

Please mark your calendars to join us for upcoming food distribution events in 2022:

  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 26
  • March 26
  • April 23

Other dates are being added and will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Join Us: Hispanic Heritage Month Special Event

Swope Health will host a free public webinar on “Race and Ethnicity in the LatinX Community” at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 6. 

The event features Erica Andrade, Chief Program Officer at El Centro Inc.

To participate, join by Zoom:

Passcode: 653420

Erica Andrade is the proud daughter of an immigrant mother and has called Kansas City, Kansas, her home for more than 27 years.

Ms. Andrade joined El Centro, a nonprofit that serves the Latino community in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in 2001. El Centro’s mission is to improve the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social and economic opportunities.

As Chief Program Officer, she supports El Centro’s community programs and implements strategies related to community education, health, economic empowerment, advocacy & engagement.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

The event is part of Swope Health’s recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2021. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


Noon, Wednesday Oct. 6

Erica Andrade on Race and Ethnicity in the LatinX community

Passcode: 653420



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: