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The Ralph W and Jane E Hale Bridges to a Brighter Future Fund

This fund was established to honor Dr. and Mrs. Hale’s lifelong dedication and contributions to improving women’s health at several levels – locally, nationally and internationally – with a particular interest in improving teen and adolescent reproductive health. Dr. Hale played an integral role in the start-up of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and served as the first Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also served the medical school as the Program Director of the OB/GYN Residency Program, training countless new physicians in their chosen specialty. For fifteen years, Dr. Hale was the Executive Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in Washington, D.C. an organization of over 52,000 members and the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women.

Jane Hale was the Project Administrator for the Honolulu-based Teen Intervention Program from its inception in 1978. The purpose of the program was to provide non-medical services to pregnant and formerly pregnant teens, giving them the tools for developing personal opportunities and resources and allowing them to delay subsequent pregnancies until they were ready to have another child. Under her direction, its focus expanded to include community efforts at teen pregnancy prevention and improving the wellbeing of the teen parent and child. After moving to Washington, she continued her advocacy for teen and adult women.

Dr. Hale will be retired from this position in June of 2011 and move back to Hawai`i with Jane. The establishment of this fund is designed to honor the Hales’ many contributions to the John A. Burns School of Medicine, to the State of Hawaii, and to women’s health on a local, national and international level.

The purpose of this fund is to support a wide range of medical education, clinical service, professional development, research, training, and community outreach programs within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology aimed at improving the reproductive health of adolescent and teenage women.

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