When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I really became interested in a medical career at the age of 15. There was a physician shortage in my community and the disparity in healthcare was very obvious. I pursued a medical degree with assistance of the health professional’s scholarship program. This eventually led to 12 years of active service in the Army.” She gets excited when she is improving the health of her community, one patient at a time. She also enjoys assisting with the expansion of quality health care, and improving access to care for her community.
Hale, who is 65 and lives in San Francisco, is a career activist who got her start protesting nuclear plants and nuclear testing in the 1970s. In 2005, she was one of the founders of Third Way, a center-left think tank, and it was in that capacity that she and four colleagues had journeyed from both coasts to the town of Viroqua, Wisconsin, as part of a post-election listening tour. They had come on a well-meaning mission: to better understand their fellow Americans, whose political behavior in the last election had left them confused and distressed.