622 5th Avenue
Kimberley, BC

Dr. Ilona Hale has been a rural family physician in Kimberley since graduating from the UBC Rural Family Practice Residency in 1995 and a clinician researcher since 2015. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice. 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 the University of Western Ontario. Hale is a Research Associate with the Centre for Rural Health Research.  She 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.

Population health, community-based health promotion, obesity prevention during infancy, rural health


Cross-Cultural Issues in Medicine, Brake I, Annals RCPSC, Vol 27, No.8, Dec 1994
Cervical Cancer Screening Performed by a Nurse: Evaluation in Family Practice, Thomassen H, Brake I, Can Fam Phys, Nov 1996: 42: 2179-83
The Routine of Death, Hale, I CMAJ. 2009 Apr 28;180(9):27
Two Memorable Years, Hale I CMAJ. 2010 Feb 9;182(2):119-20
Too Many Doctors? Hale, I Can J Rural Med. 2010 Spring;15(2):77-8
The Greatest Good. Hale, I Can Fam Physician. 2011 Aug;57(8):868-9
Time to Divest From the Fossil Fuel Industry, Hale, I, Hale D, Howard, C, Bell, W CMAJ. 2014 Sep 2;186(12):960
Add to Cart. Hale, I Can Fam Physician, Nov 2015, 61(11): 937-939
Emergency Obstetrics Training Improving Skills among Health Care Workers in Migori and Nyeri Counties, Kenya. Cheptum J.J, Gitonga M.M, Mutua E.M, Mukui S.J, Ndambuki J.M, Koima W.J and Hale I:.Int J Pharm Sci Res 2016; 7(7): 3045-52
The Scoop on Supplements, Hale I, Cadenhead K, Hinchcliffe M, BC Med J, Nov 2016, 58(9): 502-3
Long Term Benefits of Weight Loss? Hale, I, Can Fam Phys, June 2017, 63(6): 429-430
Dangerous Ideas Soapbox: Top proposals presented at Family Medicine Forum. Hale I, Persaud N, Kapur A, Can Fam Phys, Feb 2018, 64(2): 97-98
Editorial: Obesity Prevention – Are we missing the window? Hale I, Brit J Gen Pr, June 2018, 68(671):262-263
Is It Weight Loss or Exercise that Matters in Osteoarthritis? Hale I, CMAJ 2018 October 29;190: E1289. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.70597
Parent Perceptions of Obesity Prevention During Infancy Hale I, Keidar S, Purcell M, Lee D, Fahradi D, Amed S – CMAJ Open2019 7(1): E81-87
Weight Bias Hale I BC Med J – in press

Task-shifting: Ophthalmologist to Non-physician cataract surgeon: A review of the evidence; Hale I, Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology
Emergency Obstetrics and Surgical Skills for Medical Officers in South Sudan – Curriculum, Instructors’ and Students’ Manuals; Hale I

RAISE (Raising Infants to be Smart Eaters) Pilot – Intervention pilot – intervention phase
Effectiveness of Responsive Feeding Interventions during Infancy – Narrative review – nearing completion for submission to Obesity journal
Promoting Healthy Choices in Grocery Stores through “Nudging” – intervention and analysis complete – preparing manuscript for publication
Healthy Kimberley 2020: A qualitative exploration of a rural “healthy outlier” community – data analysis in progress, preparing for publication
Effects of Infant Growth Monitoring on Parents of Newborns – a secondary analysis of qualitative data
Weight-for-Age vs Weight -for-Length for Routine Growth Monitoring in Infancy – provincial database analysis and provider survey – ethics submission stage
Parent Perceptions of Routine Growth Monitoring – Narrative Review
Use of Routine Growth Monitoring as a Screening Tool for Obesity – Narrative Review