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Celebrating Women’s Achievements with Kisha Rose

By March 18, 2022Blog
Graphic with a photo of Kisha Rose and a quote from the article below.

The theme for Women’s History Month for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. To celebrate, we sat down with a few of our female leaders at AmeriHealth New Jersey to talk about what the month means to them as women in health care.

Meet Kisha Rose, provider partnership associate at AmeriHealth New Jersey.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

For me, women’s history month is an opportunity to reflect on the dynamic women who have historically paved a way for us in present day. It also gives us a chance to continue the momentum for our girls and young women to make their own path forward. 

As the pandemic continues, can you talk about the important of taking care of your mental health?

Being a wife and mother of two beautiful, vibrant daughters, it was easy to forget about yourself while taking care of everyone else. Coming out of the pandemic, self-care is very important. When traveling on a plane the flight attendants always tell you to put the oxygen mask on first, and then on your children. The same holds true in everyday life. If you don’t take care of yourself first, then you won’t have an opportunity to take care of your loved ones.

Who inspired you to go after a career in health care? 

My mother, Norma Baynes, graduated from Douglas College at Rutgers University with a degree in Microbiology. She had an outstanding career at Bristol Meyers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. Her success inspired me to pursue a degree in Public Health from Rutgers University. It is very fulfilling to walk in my mother’s footsteps and be in a profession of health service to others.

And lastly, what would you tell the younger version of yourself?

To stop being so critical of yourself and trust your intuition of being supportive to those in need. I’d tell my younger self that, “you are right to follow the example of independence, commitment, love, and perseverance set by your mother and other women of stature in your life.”

Kisha Rose is currently a provider partnership associate and has spent 15 years at AmeriHealth New Jersey. She’s a family board member of SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., a not-for-profit organization serving adults and children suffering from mental illness or other behavior challenges.