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Meet Shontel McGee
Shontel McGee, Behavioral Health Consultant with C3 (the Community-Centered Care Initiative), serves residents of the Chouteau Courts and Riverview Gardens public housing developments in getting access to the care they need. Get to know Shontel.
What Shontel loves about Rodgers Health: “Each person has a calling, and this is part of my calling,” Shontel smiles. “I like that outreach is encouraged and we’re allowed to collaborate with different organizations and help bring new services to residents,” she says.
Day in the life as Shontel: As Behavioral Health Consultant, Shontel spends her days on site at the two housing developments she serves through the C3 program. “No day is the same!” she smiles. Her goal is to help residents access the resources they need to live healthy lives. This may include identifying utility assistance, coordinating and conducting health assessments, enrolling someone in the C3 program, guiding residents in receiving services from Rodgers Health and much more.
Before Rodgers Health: Shontel worked for the Housing Authority of Kansas City, which made her transition to Rodgers Health seamless. “Because of my work at the Housing Authority, I had many relationships with residents already,” Shontel explains. “Since I had trust within the community, a lot of residents were open to participating in the program. They opened their doors to allow Rodgers Health to come in and help them focus more on their health.”
Family: Shontel is from Topeka originally, and has been in the KC area for 17 years. But Shontel’s parents are from Louisiana, so she’s a Southerner at heart. “I inherited not only their twang, but also that Southern hospitality!”
Outside Rodgers Health: When she’s not working, Shontel loves to travel. “Particularly in the social service field, it’s important to take care of yourself personally too. One of the things I treat myself to once a year is a trip to somewhere I have never been before.” Wherever she goes, Shontel enjoys trying new restaurants, checking out tourist locations, exploring off-the-beaten-path spots and seeing what’s new in the cities she visits.
The Champ: Recently, Shontel traveled to Louisville, Kentucky. She’d planned the trip in advance, but her visit just so happened to coincide with the burial of Muhammad Ali. While she was there, she explored both the Muhammad Ali Museum and his childhood home.
Leaving on a jet plane: Of all her travels, Shontel particularly loves the Caribbean. “I went to the Dominican Republic in 2012 and I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful water and the way of life,” she says. “I hope to one day be able to visit more of the Caribbean islands.”
Favorite thing about Kansas City: It’s simple, Shontel says — “There’s always something to do!” Having lived in Topeka and Wichita previously, she loves how much there is to explore in KC.
Best-kept KC secret: It may not be a secret anymore, Shontel admits, but she loves the diversity of Kansas City. “There are so many ethnic restaurants, and even if you can’t travel abroad, you can taste so many different cultures and different foods. People who are moving to Kansas City are bringing their home to us and allowing others to taste.”
Best part of her job at Rodgers Health: Shontel points to the impact Rodgers Health is making in the communities she serves. “The families we serve haven’t had the easiest lives and some have had a lot of trauma, but they have allowed us to come and help them. Sometimes you don’t get a thank you, but I know that C3 is making a difference. I love that Rodgers Health is seeing the need for healthcare in these communities.”