Swope Health receives T-Mobile Hometown Grant for Excelsior Springs School District KidsCARE clinic

New clinic to provide pediatric, dental care to Excelsior Springs students

Swope Health, the voice of community health and leading provider of quality accessible healthcare in Kansas City, today accepted a $44,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant to create a new Swope Health KidsCARE clinic at the Excelsior Springs Early Learning Center, 500 N. Jesse James Road, Excelsior Springs, Missouri.


“This generous grant from T-Mobile accelerates our delivery of pediatric care to students in Excelsior Springs,” said Jeron Ravin, JD., President and CEO of Swope Health. “A dedicated clinic in the learning center means kids will have easy access to quality healthcare and dental care.”

Swope Health has long provided mobile pediatric healthcare and dental services through a partnership with Mid-America Regional Council’s Head Start program and the Excelsior Springs schools. The new Swope Health KidsCARE clinic will feature a total of three exam rooms, providing preventive, early intervention and treatment services covering medical, dental and behavioral healthcare. The Excelsior Springs School District has 2,900 students; 58 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs.


“This is a shared commitment to support the health, well-being and academic success of children,” said Dr. Kenneth Thomas, Swope Health executive vice president for children’s services. “When children have access to healthcare, they do better in school. And when children do better in school, their potential for success in life improves.”


Dr. Mark Bullimore, director of communications for the Excelsior Springs School District, agreed.


“We are excited about the opportunity to provide access to quality care and support services such as medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare. KidsCARE will provide our students and families another option to receive the healthcare they need, within our own facilities, that they may not otherwise receive,” Bullimore said.


“At T-Mobile, we go way beyond wireless to do what’s right for communities across the country,” said Jon Freier, President, Consumer Group at T-Mobile.  “Through Hometown Grants, we’re empowering people in small towns and rural America to make a difference where they live, and the results have been incredibly inspiring. With 125 recipients and counting, it’s a privilege for the Un-carrier to continue supporting community development projects from coast to coast.”

Each quarter, T-Mobile awards Hometown Grants for up to 25 towns with a population of less than 50,000 and anyone with a vision for how to make their community even stronger than it is today can apply. Hometown Grants are part of the Un-carrier’s massive 5-year commitment announced in April 2021 to bring 5G to rural America, open hundreds of new stores and support economic development in small towns by providing $25 million in funding.


Representatives from T-Mobile will present a ceremonial check to the leaders of Swope Health, the Excelsior Springs School District Early Learning Center, MARC Head Start at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Early Learning Center, 500 N. Jesse James Road, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The event is free and open to the public.


One on One with Mayor Quinton Lucas

Swope Health announces a new edition of its podcast, One on One with Swope Health, featuring Mayor Quinton Lucas.

Eric Wesson, managing editor and publisher of The Call, hosts the show’s conversations with Kansas Citians about issues of importance to the community’s health and wellbeing.

In this episode, you can learn a bit about Mayor Q’s experiences growing up in Kansas City and his early sports preferences (soccer and boxing). He talks about the path to becoming Mayor and throughout, shares his values and how he tries to live his principles every day.

The discussion covers many topics: health needs in Kansas City, violent crime, control of the Kansas City Police Department, city government structures, infrastructure needs and more – including his candidacy for re-election.

Lucas is the 55th mayor of Kansas City, sworn in on Aug. 1, 2019.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Mayor Q has spent most of his life in the city’s urban core. As a child, his family moved often and even experienced homelessness. Despite these challenges, Quinton remained focused on his schoolwork, earning academic scholarships to high school, college and eventually Cornell Law School before returning home to Kansas City.

In 2015, Mayor Q won a City Council seat representing Kansas City’s Third District at-Large, where he focused on bridging the gap between east and west in an economically and racially divided city.

Mayor Lucas serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee and co-chair of Everytown for Gun Safety’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, where he advocates for local, state, and federal policy change to build safer communities.

Mayor Q is also a local and national leader in public transportation advocacy. The year he was elected, Mayor Q led Kansas City in launching an innovative Zero Fair Transit initiative, making Kansas City the first major American city to make all public transportation fare-free. Mayor Q serves as co-chair of Accelerator for America, a “do tank” focused on connecting municipalities with federal infrastructure resources to drive transformative change in communities across our country, and previously served as Vice Chair for Transit on the United States Conference of Mayors Transportation Committee.

Also among his accomplishments: he led the City Council in removing possession of marijuana as a violation from the City Code of Ordinances and launched a Municipal Marijuana Pardon Program. Working with grassroots organizations, Mayor Q has also led the City Council in adopting the City’s first-ever Tenants’ Bill of Rights.

Listen now.

Find Swope Health’s One-on-One podcast at these platforms:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1V7hrfo2KH87WWb5LM21ym

YouTube: https://youtu.be/93d5MLbv9qs

AnchorFM: https://anchor.fm/swopehealth

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9hYTdkZjI4MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

Also listen to previous episodes featuring Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and James “Grand Dad” Nunnelly, civic leader and health activist.

Swope Health Kicks Off Naming Campaign for PACE KC Adult Wellness Center

Area business leaders and foundations helped Swope Health raise funds while honoring their loved ones and the mission of their organizations at a recent benefit held at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  At the event, PACE KC announced the launch of a naming campaign for care rooms within the Adult Wellness Center.


Health Forward Foundation, which pledged more than $100,000 to the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center for programming and staffing, will be recognized with the naming of the “Health Forward Foundation Patio.”


In addition to Health Forward Foundation Patio commemoration:

  • The “Wesley Fields Family Living Room” is named for the PACE KC capital campaign honorary chairman Wesley Fields and his mother, Delores Fields. Wesley Fields is partner in charge of the Kansas City office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, specializing in public finance and corporate transactions.
  • A family meeting room in the PACE KC Center will be named for “ & Mrs. Clyde & Josephine McQueen.” Clyde McQueen has served as the CEO of the Full Employment Council for more than 35 years.
  • The medical clinic will be named the “Mabee Foundation Medical Clinic.” The Mabee Foundation, headquartered in Midland, Texas, had issued a challenge grant of $1.4 million. The campaign met the challenge, raising the more than $1 million required ahead of the deadline.


“The continued support of the PACE KC program recognizes the need for eldercare services as well as the generosity and faith of the community,” said Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health. “We appreciate the trust of the community and will be proud to unveil the names of our community leaders throughout the center when it opens in 2023.”


In January, Swope Health kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for the $14 million PACE KC Adult Wellness Center.  PACE KC will be the first PACE program in Jackson County and the second in the state.


PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a national program offering a full range of health and wellness services for people age 55 and up. PACE aims to address the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional and psychological – a team of providers works across many disciplines to help PACE members achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals all while helping them age gracefully in their home communities.


The Adult Wellness Center, now under construction at 4141 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, will serve as the central hub for most PACE services. The facility will feature clinical spaces to provide primary care, medical services and other therapies. It also includes a day center, rehabilitation gym, computer lab, library, arts and crafts room, bathing suite, low-stimulation memory care area, outdoor recreation space and meeting rooms.


With facility construction underway, the campaign now seeks funding for staffing and programming.

For more information about PACE KC, contact Heath Rath at hrath@pacekc.org. To make a gift or pledge in support of the capital campaign, contact Angela Smart, Executive Director of the Swope Health Foundation, at asmart@swopehealth.org.

One on One with James “Grand Dad” Nunnelly

Swope Health has released a new episode in the podcast “One on One with Swope Health,” featuring host Eric Wesson in conversation with James Nunnelly.

James Nunnelly, also known as Grand Dad, infuses his passion for healthcare into every facet of community engagement.

Nunnelly is well known in the Kansas City community for his health care advocacy, youth outreach and mentoring. He is a retired health care executive, the founder and administrator of Jackson County COMBAT, a progressive anti-drug program that emphasized treatment over prison terms for drug use. For years, he was known as the host of Generation Rap, a Saturday morning youth program. Nunnelly is an activist, spreading information on diabetes and healthy living, and an inspiration to generations in Kansas City.

In this discussion, learn about

  • The Monday Nighters, a men’s club celebrating 52 years of regular gathering on each Monday night during football seasons.
  • The central role of healthcare as an economic base in the community.
  • Considering food as medicine, and other ways to embrace healthy living (including using decades-old clothing as an indicator of weight management).

Listen now:

Or find Swope Health’s One-on-One podcast at these platforms:

Spotify — https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/NKvnYn8jBsb

Google Podcasts — https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9hYTdkZjI4MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_HvoMx0uic

Anchor FM — https://anchor.fm/swopehealth

Join us at American Public Square Aug. 17

Addressing Gun Violence in Public Spaces

Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin JD will be part of a panel sponsored by American Public Square at Jewell on “Addressing Gun Violence in Public Spaces.”

The event is 6 -7:30 pm Wednesday. Aug. 17, in person at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, Carmack Room, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212, and available via livestream.

The event is free and open to the public. Register to receive the information to attend virtually or to reserve a spot.

American Public Square notes: Most citizens deplore the mass gun violence that is currently plaguing our nation. However, Second Amendment advocates fear their rights could be limited if laws addressing guns are changed.  As this standoff continues, death tolls are increasing and anxiety levels continue to rise for citizens of all ages when in public spaces such as schools, houses of worship, retail stores and other public venues.

What is the answer when it comes to mitigating gun violence in America?   The panel will discuss ideas for the community to address gun violence in public spaces.

The event will be moderated by: McClain Bryant Macklin, director of policy and strategic initiatives – Health Forward Foundation

The panelists:

  • Caleb Daniels, marketing coordinator – Frontier Justice. Caleb Daniels is currently the Marketing Coordinator at Frontier Justice, the premier range/retailer in the Midwest, and has worked in the firearms industry for the past seven years. He is a 2020 graduate of Truman State University, with a major in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing.



  • Adam Hamilton, senior pastor – The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Hamilton was named one of the “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. For his efforts in Kansas City, he has been recognized with the first Founder’s Civility Award by American Public Square at Jewell in 2020.  He’s received numerous other awards for community service. Hamilton launched Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990. It has since grown to over 22,000 adults and children under his leadership. Today the church is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States and has five locations throughout the Kansas City area.

  • State Rep. Jo Ella Hoye and volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety. Jo Ella Hoye represents the 17th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She is a stay-at-home-mom and committed public servant. She’s held various local government management positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors; most recently as a Senior Analyst in the Johnson County Manager’s Office. Jo Ella volunteered for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for over three and a half years, including as Kansas Chapter Leader. That strategic team moved the needle on gun safety in Kansas with bipartisan support. Jo Ella’s continued presence at the Statehouse influenced the passage of sensible gun legislation, earning her the nomination by Everytown for Gun Safety for the 2018 Professional Women in Advocacy Excellence in Advocacy of a State Issue Campaign Award. Jo Ella is involved with the Shawnee Mission School District’s My Volunteer Pal program, she served three years as Vice President for Ways and Means of the Rising Star Elementary PTA, and served two terms on the Lenexa Planning Commission.

  • Clarke Prophete, journalism student – University of Missouri-Columbia and graduate of The Barstow School. Clarke Prophete is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Missouri – Columbia where she is studying journalism with an emphasis in strategic communications and psychology. She has received two awards for division one oratorical speaking during her time in Jack and Jill of America, as well as serving as president. More recently, she has added “member of The National Association of Black Journalists at Mizzou” to her resume.



  • Jeron Ravin, JD, president and CEO – Swope Health. Jeron Ravin is a healthcare leader who has worked on behalf of Community Health Centers for the greater part of a decade to expand access and improve health outcomes. As President and CEO, Jeron Ravin leads strategic direction for Swope Health, the leading provider of healthcare for underserved individuals and communities in Kansas City, Missouri. Swope Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), has provided comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services for more than 50 years. Jeron previously served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS). CHCAMS is comprised of 21 FQHC’s, working together to increase health access by providing affordable, quality, comprehensive healthcare in Mississippi. As the COO, Jeron facilitated the strengthening of Mississippi community health centers by overseeing programmatic functions including Policy, Marketing & Branding, Workforce Development, Clinical Quality Improvement, Outreach and Enrollment, Health Information Technology, Training & Technical Assistance, and led operations for the Primary Care Coalition of Mississippi, a CHCAMS subsidiary Independent Practice Association. In addition to his experience in healthcare leadership, Jeron serves on several boards including Alphapointe, BLAQUE Kansas City (Chairman), the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Full Employment Council – Workforce Development Board (Kansas City & Vicinity), Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and University Academy. He is a member of Kansas City Tomorrow (42nd Class) and the Missouri Primary Care Association and is a Fellow of the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD). In May of 2021, Jeron was recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as a member of its select class of “40 Under Forty”.



Celebrate National Health Center Week with us!

National Health Center Week (August 7 – 13) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

Swope Health’s participation in National Health Center Week helps us highlight the essential services that make our organization successful.

From the very beginning in 1969, Swope Health began finding innovative ways to provide preventive and primary care to our patients. Over time, Swope Health has grown to serve more than 40,000 patients each year – certainly something to celebrate. This growth could not be accomplished without the hard work and diligence of our associates and stakeholders, who are amazing advocates for whole-person health and community-impact programs.

Here are the National Health Center Week focus days, which allow us to highlight all these key services individually:

  • Sunday, 8/7: Public Health in Housing Day
  • Monday, 8/8: Healthcare for the Homeless Day – Swope Health Associates will donate hygiene goods and non-perishable food items to later give to a shelter.
  • Tuesday, 8/9: Agricultural Worker Health Day
  • Wednesday, 8/10: Patient Appreciation Day – Patients visiting Swope Health Central will be invited to enjoy free refreshments as they enter in for appointments.
  • Thursday, 8/11: Stakeholder Appreciation Day –An ice cream truck will visit various Swope Health community partners — our way of showing appreciation for their support!
  • Friday, 8/12: Health Center Staff Appreciation Day –  Swope Health Associates receive a free lunch to celebrate.
  • Saturday, 8/13: Children’s Health Day – Swope Health will participate in a back-to-school event with Kansas City Public Schools.

We invite you to participate with us in celebrating all aspects of Community Health Center Week!
See more details on our social media channels.


Celebrating Buck O’Neil’s Induction on Swope Health’s new podcast

Swope Health has launched a new video podcast called One on One with Swope Health, and the first episode is available now.

The podcast features Eric Wesson, managing editor and publisher of The Call, in conversation with Kansas Citians about issues of importance to the community’s health and wellbeing.

In this first episode, Eric talks with Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The discussion addresses the July 24, 2022, celebration of Buck O’Neil’s induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Bob, as always, delivers a can’t-miss story, discussing:

  • His personal journey from Crawfordville, Georgia, to Kansas City
  • His love of Buck O’Neil, who was a friend and mentor, and his continuing mission to honor Buck (“I try to be more Buck-like,” he says.)
  • The power of Buck O’Neil’s spirit
  • The importance of celebrating Buck’s success and the success of the Negro Leagues

“This podcast allows Swope Health to connect to the community in so many different ways,” said Eric. “Most importantly, it allows the community to connect with Swope Health on a whole new platform. I’m excited about the potential of this program and what it can do.”

Listen to the podcast at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/KWilDN6mRuA

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1V7hrfo2KH87WWb5LM21ym 

Anchor.FM: https://anchor.fm/swopehealth


Swope Health is named one of United Way’s Impact 100

The United Way of Greater Kansas City has developed a new program, Impact 100, an annual list of the 100 most impactful community partners that United Way will invest in.

Swope Health is proud to be named as one of the Impact 100 organizations addressing the most vital health and human service needs leading provider of quality accessible healthcare in Kansas City.

As an inaugural Impact 100 organization, Swope Health will receive unrestricted funding from United Way to address the most pressing needs in our mission of improving community health and wellness by delivering accessible, quality, comprehensive patient care. Annually, Swope Health serves more than 45,000 patients at 16 centers located throughout the area including Kansas City, Belton, Independence, Kansas City North, Hickman Mills and Wyandotte County, KS.

“By refining our focus with the launch of the Impact 100, our goal is to provide funding and resources that go beyond a check — we want to work closely with these organizations to create long-lasting, systemic change that solves real issues in our community,” said Chris Rosson, chief executive officer and president of United Way of Greater Kansas City, in a press release.

The Impact 100 will be an annual program with new organizations named to the list each year. Having an adaptive portfolio allows United Way to balance immediate need and systems-change efforts while staying agile and impact-aligned. Every organization in the Impact 100 maintains a high bar of organizational accountability and effectiveness in terms of finances, governance and impact in the community.

“United Way is more than a fundraising organization,” said Rosson. “We are a community-centered, solution-oriented, problem-solving organization for those who need it most, where they need it most and when they need it most. By sharpening our mission, removing barriers for contributions and re-energizing our brand as a whole, we are looking forward to a more meaningful — and impactful — future ahead.”

United Way’s criteria for selection included a variety of factors and produced a list that is diverse in geographic regions of service, organizations led by people of color, focus areas and more. The Impact 100 organizations work in domains of child welfare, healthcare access, food security, housing and financial stability, positive youth development and early childhood development.

Swope Health is honored to be a community partner of United Way and recognized for our work as the voice of community health in Kansas City.

The Suicide Lifeline is now 988

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is changing to a simpler, shorter number – 988. Starting on July 16, 2022, to reach the hotline you will be able to call 988 instead of 1-800-273-8255.

The new three-digit code works in the same way that 911 works for an emergency hotline, reaching local resources wherever you are in the country.

“We’ve been working with partners across the state to prepare for this since it was approved in 2020,” said Mark Miller, executive vice president of Behavioral Health at Swope Health. The Missouri Mental Health network of providers, law enforcement and a wide variety of other agencies have been preparing for and have created a strong partnership to implement the new 988 system.

“This program will strengthen and transform crisis care in the United States,” Miller said. “This easy-to-remember number is going to save lives.”

When you dial 988, you will be connected with a crisis counselor trained to provide care and support for anyone experiencing mental-health related distress.  Organized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services through its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the program can assist with thoughts of suicide, substance use crisis, trauma or other emotional distress.

The National Suicide hotline was launched in 2005 and later expanded to include Spanish language support, text messages and a chat function, receives 3.3 million calls. There are around 200 local and independently owned crisis centers that support the network.

You can call, text or chat to the 988 code. The number is available to anyone, including people who may be worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

The 988 lifeline is free and confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The service is available in Spanish and includes translation support for 150 languages.

“We know there’s a tremendous need for crisis support,” Miller said. “In the US, there’s one death by suicide about every 11 minutes. There’s so much pain and trauma, and we know the pandemic has only made it worse.”

According to federal research, suicide is a leading cause of death for those age 10-34. Research shows that suicide hotlines save lives and can contribute to reducing the estimated $34 billion in annual medical and work-loss costs of suicide in the U.S.

Swope Health expands with acquisition of Tenney Pediatric Clinic

Tenney Clinic leadership joins Swope Health system of Primary Care Clinics

Swope Health, the voice of community health and leading provider of quality accessible healthcare in Kansas City, today announced its acquisition of Tenney Pediatrics & Adolescents, located at 6501 E. 87th St., Kansas City.

Dr. Jackie Tenney, once a Swope Health provider who went on to establish Tenney Pediatrics and Adolescents, will rejoin the Swope Health team and continue providing healthcare services to his patients. The clinic will be renamed Swope Health KidsCARE – Tenney Pediatrics.

“Dr. Tenney’s practice aligns with Swope Health’s mission and vision,” said Jeron Ravin, JD., President and CEO of Swope Health. “We share a goal of developing the next great generation of Kansas Citians, and do so through removing barriers to care, helping kids and families develop healthy habits for a lifetime. We are honored to welcome Dr. Tenney and his staff to our team.”

The Swope Health KidsCARE – Tenney Pediatrics clinic will soon offer new services to patients: which will provide seamless access to the full suite of services and programs Swope Health is known to provide.  Families in South Kansas City will now have easier access to adult primary care, women’s healthcare, mental healthcare and a wide range of support programs, including telehealth, Medicaid enrollment, WIC, nutrition services and transportation.

In addition to Dr. Tenney, Dr. Jessica Lee a pediatrician at Tenney Pediatrics and Adolescents for the last two years will also join the Swope Health team and continue providing care working from that clinic location. The clinic’s operating hours remain unchanged: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

“We are delighted to join the Swope Health family and network,” said Dr. Tenney. “We embrace the Swope Health Promise – we make care visible – and we look forward to offering our patients the additional resources and services Swope Health offers.

The Swope Health KidsCARE – Tenney Pediatrics clinic will host an open house for patients and members of the community from 2 pm to 4 pm on Friday, July 22, 2022.

All are invited to tour the clinic and meet the pediatricians, clinic staff and Swope Health leadership team. The new clinic will officially open for patient care on Monday, July 25th.