Blog Posts By: Andres Dominguez

Crime task force: violence prevention recommendations just the beginning

December 6, 2016

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our second post, Andres Dominguez writes about the recommendations to reduce violence in Kansas City that the task force identified this year. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Kansas City began […]

What if Men Cared About Their Health as Much as Their Receding Hairline?

June 11, 2015

Ah, the dreaded annual medical exam. It’s a subject most men know, and an appointment that is fiercely avoided. The challenge to our country is how to keep men healthy. If only men could be equally concerned about their overall health as they are about receding hairlines, we would be set. But why do men […]

People Want to Use Their Voice

December 12, 2014

As has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. On day five of our Year In Review series, Health Forward Program Officer Andres […]

Kansas City Should Remember to #BeRoyal All Year

September 30, 2014

I don’t know about you. But I am happy. Baseball makes me happy. Kansas City Royals baseball makes me very happy. A winning Royals team make me extremely happy. Each April every MLB city predicts a World Series for their team. This weekend as the Royals clinched their first playoff appearance since 1985, I felt […]

Kansas City Philanthropy Community Prepared for Challenges

December 11, 2013

Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day three of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Andres Dominguez appraises the ever-changing […]

From 1985 to Now, the Royals and Health Care Are Traveling the Same Path

September 19, 2013

In 1985, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, and I had just started my nonprofit career at Dismas House. As a recent college graduate, I recall filling out my paperwork, completeing insurance forms and I thought, “Insurance? Why do I need insurance? I’m healthy, no dependents, I’m not planning to get sick.” Then […]

A Simple Gesture

January 11, 2013

By Andres Dominguez, Health Forward program officer Cancer is a dreaded disease that has hit my family at many levels. During my junior high school years, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. During her surgeries, she received a series of blood transfusions that sustained her life. In 1993, for the first time, I donated […]

Reducing Violence for Future Generations

December 17, 2012

It’s been a busy year for Health Forward and our grantees. Before we bid farewell to an eventful year, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects that helped make 2012 a productive year. On day six of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Andres Dominguez writes about […]

The Dog Days of Summer

July 13, 2012

The right forces created the Midwest topography and geography. An overabundance of water, rich soil and weather conditions created rich farm land that feeds much of the US and the world. Midwesterners generally don’t have to worry about where our next glass of water will come from. As homeowners, we worry about how to maintain […]

Public Transportation Improvements Could Mean Overall Health Improvement

March 15, 2012

This past Saturday as I looked for the least expensive gasoline, my daughter questioned why I was looking to saving a few cents on gas. Her question was “does a few pennies matter?”, as she handed me handful of pennies. The cost of energy is a concern to many. With the relatively mild winter, families […]

Safety and Youth Sports

June 1, 2011

I just completed my second season of coaching my son’s 7 and under soccer team, The Boomerangs. We had a fun year with no injuries. I never experienced a serious or minor injury during my playing days, but I did get hit in the head once during a hot box. I rubbed my head, didn’t […]

Snowy Sidewalks Provide an Opportunity to Build Community

February 8, 2011

January snow and cold temperatures are a foregone conclusion in Kansas City. We know it’s going to come, we brace ourselves, prepare our homes, buy extra groceries and when it hits, it can still be painful. Our backs feel it. After the most recent snow storm, I was captured by the image of two young […]

New Faces of Need

October 11, 2010

Our mission at Health Forward includes eliminating the barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in our service area. The past three years as a Program Officer at Health Forward, I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous organizations that are also working towards this goal. It is a challenging mission when times […]

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