Ilona Hale appointed Rural Scholars Program Director

The Department of Family Practice is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ilona Hale as the Rural Scholars Program Director effective October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021.  In this role, she will be providing leadership in the field of rural primary care research in collaboration with the Department of Family Practice and the Rural Co-ordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc).  She will work closely with rural scholars to support their growth and the contribution to the sustainability of health care.

Dr. Hale is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice, and has been a rural family physician in Kimberley since 1995 and a clinical researcher since 2015. She completed the two-year UBC Clinician Scholar Program in 2018, and is currently enrolled in the one-year Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research –Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) training through Western University.

Dr. Hale’s research interests include population health, community-based health promotion, obesity prevention during infancy, and rural health.  She currently works with the Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement (SCOPE) team from BC Children and Women’s Hospital as well as obesity prevention researchers across the country.


Congratulations on your new role, Dr. Hale!