A group of health, public health and community minded experts serve to provide a practical, uplifting experience to help women grow emotionally, spiritually and physically. Meet Geneal.Geneal Roth, Communications Coordinator, North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc
In what ways is your life remarkable?
I have an amazingly loving extended family, a fabulous network of supportive friends, and a job I love. I guess that’s pretty remarkable that one person gets to have all that... all in one lifetime!!!
What quality or trait is most beneficial to you, your family and community’s health?
Keeping a positive attitude in how you approach everything in life is key to a healthy well-being—mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s building relationships, sticking with an exercise routine, or tackling a difficult problem, a positive attitude will allow you to accomplish nearly anything you set your mind to (within reason, of course).
What is one lessons you've learned in how to live?
My number one life lesson that I find myself sharing in many circles is, “there are no do-overs.” Do those things that when you look back on your life, you never have to say, “I should have . . .” whether it relates to your personal or professional life.
How has an illness, chronic disease, weight loss/gain, health of you or that of a family member or friend changed you? Do you look at your life differently ?
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 17. Losing her so young, while tragic, was a life lesson that taught me to be grateful for each day I’m granted on this earth. She battled cancer from the time I was about 14 so I had to step up and take care of many things people that age don’t have to, and while some people may view that as being “robbed” of one’s youth, in retrospect, it was an opportunity to grow and mature as a person. Those early lessons of learning how to take care of tasks out of necessity, how to problem solve, and how to take care of others by putting their needs ahead of your own were more valuable than any class or seminar available anywhere! I label it “Life 101”!
Where do you work?
I work at North Dakota Health Care Review. My work at NDHCRI has evolved over the past 22 years and my current role as communications coordinator has been a work in progress for about the past 12 years. As the needs of our contract work has changed, so have the tasks associated with my position. I have been able to continue to build my skillset to meet the needs of my position and grow as a professional.
What lessons has your work-life taught you?
Treat your customers as you would want them to treat you. (Guess that pretty much boils down to the Golden Rule!) I view everyone with whom I associate professionally as my customer—internal or external.
How did you get involved in the Women’s Health Conference?
I became involved with the Women’s Health Conference because of my current professional position. NDHCRI has been a member of North Dakotans Partnering for Women’s Health since its inception. My one message I’d like all attendees to walk away with: Keep your “whole self” healthy—mind, body, and spirit. If one area is suffering or struggling, it will eventually affect the other areas. You can’t be truly healthy if you don’t maintain all three.
How do you want to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who lived life to its fullest and that I had a positive impact on those whose lives I’ve touched.