Ms. Gambale Is Health Coach of the Month

Vicki Gambale

Congratulations to Vicki Gambale, Case Coordinator at the Chait Mental Health Clinic. who was recently named Health Coach of the Month for October by SICARES. SIMHS is one of six local agencies that comprise SICARES, which in turn is part of a state program/initiative to improve health care in the community

According to a representative of SICARES, the goal of the Health Coach of the Month program is to “celebrate and highlight the wonderful work of our health coaches and their individual accomplishments.”

Vicki was selected based on her “commitment to a personal mission that aligns with the Health Coach role to provide quality services.” For example, she goes out of her way to serve clients in a meaningful way, is a team player who collaborates with colleagues to resolve client needs, engages in external resources and providers, offers support to coworkers, demonstrates ability to follow through, consistently follows up in a proactive way, and is willing to learn and pass these lessons along.

In order for her colleagues and our website readers to know Ms. Gambale better, what follow is a short interview:

1. Tell us about your most memorable client.  What kind of impact do you think you had on this individual or family?
One of the most memorable clients that I worked with was a single mother of a child who had special needs. This mom had a lot of tough breaks; she had no support from the father and was facing eviction. She worked at night, went to school during the day and still managed to be fully invested in her child’s treatment and always came to appointments. Instead of complaining about what was dealt to her, she simply kept going and took my suggestions despite the obstacles she faced. I told her she was doing the right thing, she’s on the right track, and to just keep going. She finished school and recently got a job as a paraprofessional. I think she also had a great impact on me. Her motivation and strength to get to a better place for herself and her child was inspiring.

2. Share a quote that means a lot to you.
“Get busy living or get busy dying,” a quote from the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” What this means is, “Make the most of your life.” If you don’t like your circumstances, make a change. The alternative is to do nothing and be unhappy until the end of your life.

3. What do you do for “self-care“?  What does it mean to you?
I spend most of my free time with my two daughters. I also play softball; a sport that I really enjoy.

4. Why did you choose your profession? 
There is nothing more rewarding then being appreciated and thanked for the job you do. Being kind is something we all should strive to be, I’m lucky I was able to make a career out of it.