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
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 Presents How the Pandemic has Affected Our Community


The Swope Health presentation “How the Pandemic has Affected our Community” – a virtual discussion with the faith community, is now available: This event, originally held live at noon Thursday March 4, was the second of two events focused on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for the Kansas City community.

Historically, faith leaders have been vital to mobilizing communities of color. Join us as we converse with faith leaders in the Kansas City Metro area on the importance of vaccination, access to the vaccine, and how to engage with traditionally underserved communities. Hosted by Marielena Marroquin, Swope Health community engagement manager.


The conversation features:

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, president, Donnelley College. Monsignor Swetland previously served as Vice President for Catholic Identity and Director of Pre-Theology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Oxford University where he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He also has a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and earned his Sacred Theology Licentiate and Sacred Theology Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University, in Rome.

The Rev. Jacqueline McCall, associate pastor, Saint James United Methodist Church. Her fields of focus are trauma, grief, self-care and healing. She spent more than 18 years working with Fortune 500 companies in financial and client services, and she has published a book that chronicles her cancer diagnosis, treatment and journey. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French/International Business Management from Clark Atlanta University, and a Master of Divinity from Duke University. She has clinical pastoral education credits from Barnes Jewish Hospital and is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, focusing on spirituality and pilgrimage.

The Rev. Tony Carter Jr., pastor, Salem Baptist Church. Rev. Carter has served as the Senior Pastor of Salem Missionary Baptist Church since April 2002.  Prior to coming to Salem as Pastor, he served as Pastor of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church from December 1994 until March 2002. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from the Western Baptist Bible College and has also studied at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas.

Earlier, in the first lecture of the series, Swope Health presented “The History of Vaccination and Inequity Among Communities of Color” featuring Jason Glenn, PhD, assistant professor in the department of history and medicine at the University of Kansas.

Swope Health Joins Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine

Jeron Ravin

Jeron Ravin, JD

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m., you’re invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall discussion on 107.3 FM about the COVID-19 vaccines. Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin, JD,  and Dr. Naiomi Jamal, chief quality officer, will be featured in the discussion.

The “COVID-19 Vaccine 101” discussion will be led by 107.3’s Darron Story. Additional participants are:

  • Juliann Van Liew, director of the Unified Government’s Public Health Department
  • Jason Glenn, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Kansas Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine
  • Jerrihlyn McGee, vice chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center



The panel will discuss facts about the COVID-19 vaccine and its rollout in the Kansas City area on both sides of the State Line. The experts will share personal experiences as well review and debunk misinformation about the vaccine.

You can participate by listening to 107.3 or logging on to the 107.3 Facebook page where you can ask questions of the panel.

Dr. Naiomi Jamal

Dr. Naiomi Jamal

Swope Health is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only to current Swope Health patients at our Central Clinic for Missouri residents, and our Wyandotte Clinic for Kansas residents.

We are following guidelines set by the states of Missouri and Kansas in determining when individuals may receive the vaccine.

If you are interested in an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination and are a current Swope Health patient, please let us know by registering at:

(If you are have issues accessing the link, call our helpline at (816) 321-3398.) You must be a current Swope Health patient to submit an interest form. Swope Health will contact you to schedule your vaccination when vaccine is available. 

Swope Health Supports National Community Health Center Week

National Community Health Center Week is Aug. 9-15, 2020, a time designated to celebrate the long record of success by Community Health Centers in delivering quality health care.


Swope Health is proud to support the effort.


At Swope Health, we will be participating in national, regional and local celebrations, including a thank you to our Associates.


  • Swope Health will be featured at Region 7 of the Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers virtual conference Monday, Aug. 10 (noon – 1:30 pm). The program is hosted from Nebraska and co-promoted by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council. Terri Cooley-Bennett, Swope Health Outreach Supervisor, will speak on Homelessness and COVID-19.
  • Swope Health associates and patients are invited to write comments on posters, which will be displayed and shared on social media. Posters from all Swope Health satellite clinics will be collected and displayed at Central.
  • Swope Health is also using this week to focus attention on the public health and safety benefits of wearing a face mask. Swope Health joins cities and organizations across the country in the #MaskUp campaign, which encourages using a mask in public, keeping physical distance and practicing frequent hand washing. Our associates and patients are sending in photos of their mask-wearing style for social media promotion.
  • Swope Health Associates will be treated to ice cream Tuesday, Aug. 11. An ice cream truck will be at Swope Health Central and members of the Swope Health executive team will deliver treats to satellite clinics.
  • United Healthcare, in a month-long celebration of Community Health Centers, will provide lunches Aug. 13 to Swope Health associates working the COVID-19 pop-up testing clinic at Quindaro Community Center.
  • You can find Swope Health events on the National Community Health Center Events Log.


Across the country, 1,400 Community Health Centers provide services for more than 29 million people in rural and urban settings.  Community Health Centers were first formed in 1965 with federal support to increase access to primary healthcare. Community Health Centers advocate for patients and work to remove barriers to care, such as cost, lack of insurance, distance and language. Learn more.

As a result, Community Health Centers generate an estimated $24 billion in savings for the healthcare system, largely by providing access to primary care and reducing avoidable emergency department and hospital stays. Community Health Centers deliver a wide range of services, including preventive care to identify and care for illnesses like diabetes, asthma, heart and lung disease, depression and more.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Community Health Centers. We’re here for you!


Tune into 107-3 Facebook LIVE We Are ONE KC Virtual Town Hall THIS Friday, 6/12 at 6pm.

We are ONE KC Virtual Town HallThe Town Hall will be hosted by Darron Story and features Swope Health’s very own Jeron Ravin, J.D. and Dr. Naiomi Jamal. 

They’ll be joined by KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II as well as on-air personalities Rick & Sasha, and a special panel of Community Leaders.

Topics include:

COVID-19:  Where are we and what does the future look like?

Systemic Racism:  a conversation about next steps to bring about positive change.

Listen.  Ask questions.  BE THERE!

Valentine’s Day opening for Swope Health West

It was a chilly morning on Valentine’s Day, but warm inside our newest clinic location at Swope Health West, at 4835 State Ave., in Kansas City, Kansas.

The outpouring of warmth came from dozens of Wyandotte Community representatives who joined Swope Health staff in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to open the new clinic location. There were balloons and flowers, candy and treats, as well as tours throughout the expanded clinic.

Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin welcomed the audience, which included representatives from the KCK-Wyandotte County Unified Government, El Centro, Wyandotte Health Foundation and other agencies and business partners. Ravin noted that the new clinic allows for an expansion of services for Wyandotte County patients.

Swope Health West Opening

The ribbon cutting, led by Jeron Ravin, with West Clinic associates and Dr. Kenneth Thomas, right.

Swope Health West

This new facility replaces the former Swope Health West location at 6013 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas. The new Swope Health West has five exam rooms, plus a procedure room, all newly renovated and installed with new fixtures and equipment. The Community Care Network of Kansas provided more than $13,000 for some of the new medical equipment and supplies at Swope Health West.

Swope Health West Opening

The West Clinic has five exam rooms and a procedure room with all new equipment and supplies.

Swope Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Thomas also spoke at the ribbon-cutting, both to welcome the community and express appreciation for all the hard work that supported the creation of the new clinic. He introduced the clinic associates, including Dr. George J. Bures Jr. and Nurse Practitioner Kylie Gaustad.

Swope Health West Opening

Bertha Thomas, Clinic Manager, left, introduced the West Clinic staff: Dr. Jennifer Frost; Dr. George Bures; Nurse Practitioner Kyle Gaustad; Medical Assistants Jalyssa Marshall, Nastasha Garry, and Yuliana Loveland-Paez;  and Jeron Ravin.


Dr. Thomas, who introduced himself as a “Dotte,” shorthand for native of Wyandotte County, spoke of his deep ties to the community. He emphasized the Swope Health commitment to quality healthcare for all.

 “This beautiful new facility is another example of our commitment to and investment in high-quality care,” Dr. Thomas said. “We want our patients to have an experience that demonstrates our promise to quality care, starting at the moment you enter the new Swope Health West. We want you to find a safe, clean and welcoming environment, with associates who are skilled and compassionate in caring for every person.”

To schedule an appointment at Swope Health West, call 816-923-5800. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ribbon-cutting & Open House at Swope Health West!

Mark your calendars to help us celebrate our newest clinic location – Swope Health West, at 4835 State Ave., in Kansas City, Kansas.

Join us starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 for tours of the new facility.

Swope Health West Open House on 2/14/20We’ll have a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by light refreshments. You’ll be able to meet our CEO Jeron Ravin, our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Thomas, as well as the entire clinic team.

This new facility replaces the former Swope Health West location at 6013 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas.

The larger space allows for additional services, noted Debbie Meads, Swope Health program manager. The new Swope Health West has five exam rooms, plus a procedure room, all newly renovated and installed with new fixtures and equipment. The clinic is designed for improved workflow and efficiency for patients, she added.

“This beautiful new facility is another example of our commitment to and investment in high-quality care,” said Dr. Kenneth Thomas, Chief Medical Officer at Swope Health. “We want our patients to have an experience that demonstrates our promise to quality care, starting at the moment you enter the new Swope Health West. We want you to find a safe, clean and welcoming environment, with associates who are skilled and compassionate in caring for every person.”

Plan on joining us for the open house on Friday, Feb. 14. To schedule an appointment at Swope Health West, call 816-923-5800. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Swope Health is celebrated at 50th Anniversary Gala

Half century of battling healthcare disparities in KC community highlighted at Swope Health 50th Anniversary Gala.

Community leaders, elected officials, public health and education CEOs gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 16, to celebrate Swope Health’s remarkable achievements over the last 50 years.

Swope Health Founder – E. Frank Ellis

Swope Health founder, E. Frank Ellis, was honored for his role in providing quality healthcare to Kansas City’s neediest citizens and his efforts to revitalize communities on the east side. He shared the inspiring story of a small group of passionate, dedicated individuals who opened a clinic in the basement of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in 1969. This effort birthed Swope Health, Swope Community Builders and the Applied Urban Research Institute – organizations that forged a greater movement to address the larger issues of poverty, urban decay, and a lack of education and career opportunities in neglected Kansas City communities.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Peter Salgo

The evening’s keynote speaker was Dr. Peter Salgo, medical correspondent, professor, practicing physician, and one of the nation’s most respected healthcare futurists. In his remarks, he cautioned that every effort must be made to ensure that healthcare in the future – all the remarkable technologies and cures yet to come – are made accessible to everyone and not just the few who can afford them. This message resonated deeply with the more than 300 guests at the event, many of whom are dedicated to providing accessible, comprehensive healthcare to all citizens, regardless of socio-economic status.

Other speakers at the event included Dr. Harry E. Wilkins III, Chairman of the Swope Health Board of Directors, and Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health.

Cynthia Newsome, KSHB Anchor and Reporter, served as master of ceremonies and Rev. Ruthe Workcuff, Elder of Victory Temple Christian Life Center and a Swope Health employee for 30 years, delivered the invocation.

Swope Health 50th Anniversary Gala

Dr. Harry E. Wilkins III (left) and Jeron Ravin, J.D., (right) presented E. Frank Ellis
with a plaque that features a photo of the Swope Health building on Blue Parkway.


Swope Health 50th Anniversary Gala

Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health


Swope Health 50th Anniversary Gala

Dr. Peter Salgo cautioned the audience of more than 300 that the battle against
healthcare disparities in America will continue into the future.

Join us for the Swope Health 50th Anniversary Gala!

Swope 50 Year AnniversarySwope Health is celebrating its 50th anniversary, marking the occasion with a gala dinner featuring a presentation by Dr. Peter Salgo, a practicing anesthesiologist, professor and healthcare futurist.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel, 401 Ward Parkway on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Tickets are available at

“Founded in 1969, we are among the earliest health centers formed through President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty,’” said Michelle Keller, Vice President, Community Engagement, Development and Outreach. “There are only a handful of health centers that can claim 50 years of continuous healthcare to the underserved. The gala gives us an opportunity to celebrate our rich history of service.”

Swope Health’s First Clinic

Swope Health’s first clinic was in the basement of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. In its first year, with a $100,000 budget, Swope Health served 2,000 patients. Today, Swope Health operates nine clinics and supports 45,000 patients in more than 245,000 encounters each year. Swope Health’s services include comprehensive primary and preventive care for children and adults, as well as dental, behavioral health, optical, pharmacy and related services.

Like all 1,700 federally qualified health centers in the United States, Swope Health provides healthcare regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Patients include low-income working families, the medically underserved and uninsured, high-risk and vulnerable populations like the homeless and public housing residents.

Meet the CEO: Jeron Ravin

Jeron Ravin

Meet the CEO, Jeron Ravin

The gala also will introduce Jeron Ravin, who was named Swope Health’s new president and CEO, following the retirement of former president and CEO Dave Barber in August. Ravin will discuss the opportunities for the next 50 years of service at Swope Health and introduce Dr. Salgo, who will comment on the future of healthcare and medicine.

“The essence of medicine has not changed, although we now have a much larger array of tools and medicines to make people’s lives better,” said Dr. Salgo. “The essence of medicine is human to human care, providing caring, mercy and warmth to people in need.


Dr. Peter Salgo

Dr. Salgo

Presentation by Dr. Peter Salgo

“Our challenge,” says Dr. Salgo, “is to help people benefit substantively with healthcare.”

In his remarks at the Swope Health 50th anniversary, Dr. Salgo is expected to provide insights on medical trends, healthcare delivery and medicines and devices in development. He is a passionate advocate for providing patients with up-to-date and accurate medical information to understand and affect complex health issues.


Early-bird Shopping Alert: Come to Swope Health Holiday Mart

The annual Swope Health Holiday Mart is happening a little earlier this year to help you prepare for the holiday season!

Join us from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Swope Health’s Building C Activity Room, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO.

The event is free and open to all.

The mart is filled with local vendors who offer a wide variety of gifts. You’ll find jewelry, clothing, household décor and supplies, baked goods, cosmetics, skin and beauty products, and handbags and more. You can even buy art products produced in the arts program of the Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program’s adult day program.

This year, the arts program will offer an array of framed abstract oil paintings on canvas, one-of-a-kind handmade coasters, baskets, pictures and posters, inspirational items and much more, said Sonya Bolden-Oakley, Supervisor in the day program.

And if you’d like to wrap your shopping around lunch, that’s available too. The $5 menu includes hot dogs and nachos, with or without chili, plus snacks and soft drinks.

Proceeds from the Holiday Mart go to support day program activities, including field trips and supplies for cooking, gardening and art programs. Last year’s event raised about $1,000 and helped provide a holiday luncheon and $5 gift cards for day program participants.

Would you like to join in the event?

Vendors pay $35 for their spot at the Mart. For more information, contact Sonya at 816-599-5263 or

We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Mart!

Swope Health Holiday Mart

The 2018 Holiday Mart hosted a record 28 local vendors.


Swope Health Holiday Mart

Products available include festive holiday décor items and gifts.


Swope Health Holiday Mart

Hand-painted furniture, including these chairs decorated in the arts day program, were popular at the 2018 Holiday Mart.


Swope Health Holiday Mart 

For the 2019 Holiday Mart, the arts day program is preparing folk art, baskets, pictures, posters, canvases and coasters – and that’s just a sample!