LAKE COUNTY, CA (October 8, 2019) – Dr. Gary Pace has a long history of distinguished service as a Primary Care doctor, and because of this background, he may not sound like a typical Public Health talking head:
“When you’re working directly with patients, it is clear not everyone has the same needs,” notes Pace. “I make it a priority to use language anyone can understand. It is one thing to dig into the technical aspects of a disease process, and I enjoy that work. But what good is it, if you don’t also do the work to translate that into tools that people can use in their everyday lives?”
Favoring folksy relatability over formality is a thoughtful and forward-thinking choice, indicative of the insight that has marked Pace’s academic and career trajectories.
Pace earned an MD and Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and completed his Family Practice Residency at the esteemed Natividad Medical Center, in Salinas, CA. Prior to that time, he earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. More recently, in response to experiences with Northern California disasters, during some of which he provided invaluable support to the County of Lake, he took time to complete a Yale University Certificate in Climate Change and Public Health.
“Lake County is welcoming a truly thoughtful individual and excellent medical mind with the hire of Dr. Pace, and this is just the latest in a number of positive steps our Health Services Department has taken to improve Lake County’s outcomes,” notes Tina Scott, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “The community and partner organizations are really engaged and motivated to improve our health outcomes. We are a County on the way up, and Dr. Pace will help us progress toward a healthier Lake County.”
Please join the Lake County Board of Supervisors in celebrating the permanent appointment of Gary Pace, MD, MPH, as Public Health Officer.