Swope Health’s Jeron Ravin, J.D., named to 2021’s cohort of “40 Under Forty”

Swope Health is proud to recognize President and Chief Executive Jeron Ravin, J.D., who has been recognized by Ingram’s magazine as a member of its select class of “40 Under Forty.”

The magazine annually identifies key business executives in the Kansas City metro area who are under age 40 and demonstrate leadership in the community.

Ingram’s notes: “A key differentiator for recognition each year is the depth of commitment to civic and philanthropic endeavors—the kinds of activities that add strong fibers to the weave of healthy communities.”

The award was welcomed by the Swope Health team.

“We are so excited to see him receive this recognition,” said Robin Sanders, Chief People Officer. “His energy and vision are invigorating to the entire team of associates. We are all proud of  Swope Health’s achievements in battling health injustices in our community under his leadership.”

Here’s how the April 2021 Ingram’s describes Ravin:

Talk about sudden impact: Jeron Ravin, 39, arrived in Kansas City in the summer of 2019 to lead an organization that delivers health-care services to more than 15,000 patients—many of them among the most vulnerable, at-risk and medically underserved populations. That’s a tall ask of anyone in health-care administration, but especially tall over the past year.

“During COVID-19, we responded by testing nearly 20,000 people and provided much-needed masks, groceries, and other critical needs during this economic downturn,” Ravin says. He also directed the set-up of two COVID clinics and numerous testing clinics, retooled the agency’s children’s services unit and expanded it into community-based and school-based programs. And coming up: construction of a $15 million senior-services clinic.

He was named to the Mayor’s Vaccine Task Force in the COVID-19 battle, has a seat on the Kansas City Public School Education Foundation board, is board chair for BLAQUE Kansas City, is a part of the Kansas City Tomorrow initiative and a member of the Missouri Primary Care Association, and he’s a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers’ task force addressing racism. That’s the way it goes for someone who says he centers his life “around the concept of joy through service, using God-given talents to impact people. This requires civic engagement, immersing yourself in this community, listening intently for areas you can lend your experiences and skill sets.”

A Howard University journalism graduate, he also has a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern, and he is completing an executive master’s degree in health-care administration at Brown University.

Photo credit: Kansas City Business Journal

Swope Health Presents at 2021 Mental Health KC Conference

Swope Health’s Terri Cooley-Bennett will deliver a presentation on “Trauma and Suicide” at the 2021 Mental Health Kansas City Virtual Conference on May 6-7.

Suicide rates have increased rapidly in Missouri, as well as nationwide. This workshop examines the link between trauma and suicide. There is significant evidence that traumas in childhood (Adverse Childhood Experiences) increase the likelihood of issues later – such as clinical depression, substance-use disorders, chronic health conditions and suicide. The workshop will explore best practices and treatments and will include resources on self-care to address vicarious trauma.

The conference is sponsored by the Metro Council of Community Behavioral Health Centers. This event marks the sixth year of the conference, which is expected to draw hundreds of professionals including local business leaders, educators, first responders, government leaders, mental health professionals, healthcare workers and members of the community.

The event is held to coincide with Mental Health Awareness month in May. The goal of the awareness campaign is to reduce the stigma of mental illness and elevate mental health dialogues in the workplace.

Cooley-Bennett is the Outreach Services manager for Swope Health. She is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed specialist clinical social worker, a certified co-occurring disorders professional-diplomate, and a tobacco treatment specialist.

She is experienced as a presenter, workshop leader, and educator and served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Cooley-Bennett speaks and serves on the board of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The Metro Council of Community Behavioral Health Centers is a collaboration of nine community behavioral health centers serving Metropolitan Kansas City. Keynote speakers will talk on Trauma and Social Justice/Racial Equality.  There is a $50 fee for the conference. Register here.


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Do it for Mom! COVID-19 Vaccination Event May 8

Swope Health announces COVID-19 drive-through vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Memorial Baptist Church, 11424 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134.

The event is free. The Pfizer vaccines will be offered to any Missouri resident age 16 or older. If you are younger than 18, you must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine. Appointments for the second dose will be scheduled at the event.

To make an appointment, register at https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-may8/. If you have any difficulty registering, please call 816-321-3333 Monday through Friday during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 8 is the day before Mother’s Day – getting a vaccination can be your gift to your family! Getting vaccinated is a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. Show your Mom, Dad, and siblings that you care and encourage them to show some love with a vaccination too!

If you can’t make it to the event May 8, you can schedule an appointment at the Swope Health Vaccine Clinic, in The Shops on Blue Parkway, 4401 Blue Parkway, the week before – May 3 through May 7. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Swope Health to Close Optical Shop, Move to Online Referrals for Eyeglasses

Swope Health will permanently close the Optical Shop housed at the Central facility, 3801 Blue Parkway, on May 28, 2021.

For those patients who have ordered new glasses, frames, or repairs, your orders will be completed as promised. The shop is not taking new orders for lenses after May 7 or regular glasses after May 14.

The change is due to the rapidly evolving nature of shopping. With the rise of online shopping, expedited by COVID-19 restrictions, the business of selling eyeglass frames has evolved in recent years with many more options for frames. Customers increasingly prefer the convenience of virtual shopping on their own time and comparing a variety of options online.

Instead of running a specialized optical shop in a retail setting, going forward Swope Health will find new ways to support our patients’ needs for eyeglasses.

For our patients, including those experiencing homelessness, we will provide a coordinator who can assist with identifying and ordering prescription eyewear from partnering retail outlets.

The process to close the shop will take several weeks to complete, to allow for all pending orders to be filled. All patients with pending orders are being notified and we are making arrangements to complete their service.

Swope Health will continue to provide optometry services at the Central facility for children and adults. Our optometrists perform comprehensive eye examinations and can diagnose and treat a variety of eye diseases, conditions or problems, including diabetic eye disease, pink eye, glaucoma and macular degeneration. For vision problems that can be corrected with glasses or contacts, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, Swope Health will assist patients with ordering and fitting prescription eyewear.

With the closing, Judy Howard, our longtime Optical Shop Associate, will retire. We thank her for her 38 years of service to Swope Health associates and patients. Thank you, Judy!

The lobby space of the former Optical Shop will now house a Community Room and Community Partners Booth area.

Swope Health Adds Chief Development Officer

Swope Health today announces that Angela Smart will join Swope Health as Chief Development Officer and as the Executive Director for the newly revitalized Swope Health Foundation.

Established in 1989, the Swope Health Foundation serves as a vehicle to enhance and transform our capabilities in providing care to underserved communities by generating tangible support from healthcare advocates, Swope Health supporters, and the broader philanthropic community.

Angela most recently served as the Vice President of the Hall Family Foundation, where she was responsible for awarding grants to Kansas City-area nonprofits in the categories of human and social services, health, higher education, arts and culture.

Angela also oversaw foundation operations including financial reporting, grants management database, payments, board communications and leadership stakeholder engagement on community investment projects. Prior to this position, she worked in multiple roles in corporate finance at Hallmark Cards Inc., Grant Thornton/Kansas City and Andersen Consulting/Detroit.

Angela has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from University of Michigan and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri/Kansas City.

She serves as a trustee of William Jewell College and chairs the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee. Angela has served on the boards of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, Sheffield Place and Solace House.  She is currently co-chairing the Distinguished Leader Speaker Series for the Shawnee Mission School District.

May 1 Vaccine Event in Wyandotte County

Swope Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 1, for Kansas residents at Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor, 1900 Steele Road, Kansas City, Kansas 66106.

Swope Health will offer the Pfizer vaccine to Kansas residents, age 16 and older. The second dose will be scheduled for Saturday, May 22, also at Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor.

To schedule an appointment,
register at https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-may1/
or call 816-599-5112.

The free event includes a giveaway of food and hygiene kits on a first-come, first-served basis. Community partners for this event are Catholic Charities, El Centro and United Healthcare.

Swope Health supports Two Million Arms KC vaccination campaign


Swope Health supports Two Million Arms KC vaccination campaign

A new marketing campaign to raise awareness about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccination was launched this week by Comeback KC, a collection of public and private organizations focused on helping the Kansas City region make a fast and complete recovery from COVID-19.

Swope Health is proud to support the campaign, “Two Million Arms KC.” Swope Health joins campaign supporters including the Mid-America Regional Council, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City, El Centro, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the city of Kansas City, and governments of Clay, Platte and Johnson counties, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

In a release announcing the campaign Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said: “As more folks become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and more resources become available to receive it, the Two Million Arms KC Campaign will be working to inform and connect folks to these events and encourage them to receive their vaccines. We will continue to work on quickly and equitably connecting folks with a vaccine, so we can finally bring an end to this pandemic and begin our recovery process.”

Swope Health offers the COVID-19 vaccines to patients and the community, including through partnerships and mass vaccination events. (See https://swopehealth.org/covid-19-vaccination-information for details.)

“Our goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Jennifer Frost, Interim Chief Medical Officer for Swope Health. “This strong and unified support for getting people vaccinated will especially help with achieving equitable distribution of the vaccine, getting it to the areas of the community that are typically underserved or overlooked.”


The campaign has a website – VaccinateKC – offering links to state guidelines, county health departments and organizations like hospitals and pharmacies that provide vaccinations. From the website, you can also find information about the vaccines and get answers to common questions about the vaccines.

“Two Million Arms” is a reference to a goal of vaccinating two million people in the Kansas City region. Experts (including specialists at Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic) have estimated that we need at least 70 percent of the population immunized to halt the epidemic. Two million people is about 90 percent of the greater Kansas City area, making this an ambitious target, noted Aaron Deacon, managing director at KC Digital Drive, one of the campaign sponsors.

As of April 18, the region’s vaccination total was 404,147 individuals, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, which tracks COVID-19 data.

If you’d like to support this campaign, there’s a way. Swope Health and the organizers welcome hearing from you about your vaccination story – send your reasons for getting vaccinated, include your photo, and you could be selected to be one of the faces in the campaign. Use this form to share your story with us, and use hashtags #TwoMillionArmsKC and #vaccinateKC if you share on your own social media accounts.  

May Day Event: Food, Family Essentials at Swope Health Central

Swope Health announces a First Saturday free food and family essentials give-away from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, at Swope Health Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130.

Swope Health and partners in the monthly 1st Saturday event will offer foods, cleaning supplies, and family health essential items – all free. The drive-through line forms on Cleveland Avenue heading north, to turn right onto Blue Parkway and into the Swope Health Main Entrance.

Swope Health associates will direct you once you enter the parking lot. You’ll stay in your car, we’ll help you pick up household baskets and food boxes.

This free event is sponsored by Total Man, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City, Aetna, Sysco Kansas City, Community Builders of Kansas City, Harvesters, Home State Health, McCown Gordon Construction, Morningstar’s Development Co. Inc., United Way, the National Congress of Black Women and State Sen. Barbara Anne Washington.

Come early! Maximum of two families served per car – no walk-up service available.


April: National Minority Health Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health calls April “National Minority Health Month” to focus attention on the need for vulnerable communities of racial and ethnic minorities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Office of Minority Health notes vaccination against COVID-19 is an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic to an end. The Office has a mission to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

Swope Health shares that mission and encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all, especially now, as it is becoming easier to receive a vaccination in Missouri and Kansas. In Missouri and Kansas, all individuals adults age 16 and older are eligible for vaccination.

Swope Health is supporting several free mass vaccination events:

  • April 17, Concord Fortress of Hope, by appointment 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at 11050 W. Longview Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64134. Swope Health will offer the Moderna vaccine to Missouri residents age 18 and older. Sign up at https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-april17/
  • May 8, Memorial Baptist Church, by appointment Saturday, May 8, at 11424 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134. Sign-up details to come: https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-may8/
  • Additional events will be added – please check back for details.

If you can’t attend a vaccination event, you can still register for the vaccine:


Now Open: April 17 Vaccination Event


Swope Health announces a mass vaccination event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Concord Fortress of Hope church, at 11050 W. Longview Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64134.

The event is free and open to any Missouri resident age 18 or older.
Please register for an appointment at https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-april17/


The Moderna vaccine will be offered by appointment. At your April 17 appointment, you will be scheduled for a second-dose appointment on May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Concord Fortress of Hope.

This will be a drive-through and walk-up event, with vaccinations by appointment. Swope Health expects to offer 1,000 vaccinations at this one-day event.

If you have any difficulty registering for an appointment, please call 816-321-3333 Monday through Friday during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the Moderna vaccine.