Known for: The Davis resident is notable for his work in Yolo County -- he was the county's public health officer who initiated the first Family Services Agency, was a charter member of the county's Mental Health Association, joined in organizing the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services and was a founding member of the Yolo County Medical Society.
Background: Bauer, who specialized in internal medicine, and his wife, Hanna, a clinical psychologist, moved to Davis in 1949. Six years later, he became the county's public health officer. Working out of the basement of the county courthouse, Bauer conducted well-baby clinics, parenting classes, polio immunization clinics and tuberculosis detection. He brought the first family planning clinic to the county. After retiring at age 61, he completed a child psychiatry residency at the UC Davis Medical Center and practiced child psychiatry for the next 20 years.
A highlight: Bauer has received numerous awards for his health-related work. In 2006, the Herbert Bauer M.D. Health, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Building opened in Woodland. The facility is a one-stop service center for Yolo County residents seeking alcohol, drug and mental health programs.
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