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May 24, 2012

 

Ogden-area resident named Utah Public Health Hero

Guymon takes prevention message to those who need it most

The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) named Weber-Morgan Health Department health educator Anna Guymon as its 2012 Public Health Hero for her work in preventing tobacco use among disparate and at-risk populations in the Ogden area.

Guymon, a certified health education specialist, is a five-year veteran with the Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. She mentors community groups and local businesses who are working to reduce tobacco use among their populations. She was also instrumental in working with the public and policy makers to implement an outdoor smoking regulation designed to protect residents from secondhand smoke. 

“Anna is passionate about tobacco prevention and has built bridges with communities that are most in need of education, resources and research,” says Heather Borski, Director of Health Promotion with the Utah Department of Health. “She is very dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Weber-Morgan area and has a compelling way of making people see tobacco prevention is a worthwhile cause.”

In Utah, the nearly 10 percent of the population of that use tobacco represents over 200,000 people who are likely to suffer health consequences or death from tobacco, Borski says. Guymon’s hallmark is that she looks beyond the smoking rates and focuses on the reasons why segments of the population continue to be at risk.

“Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death,” Borksi says. “Anna has reached out to more than 14 agencies and community groups in Weber and Morgan counties to help understand and change the social norms surrounding tobacco use and things are changing in because of it.”

Guymon, holds degrees in health promotion and nutrition from Weber State University. She was born in Brandon, England (Suffolk County) and grew up in several states, including Texas, Ohio, Colorado and Utah while her father served in the U.S. Air Force. She has a 15 year-old son and they live in Roy, Utah. In addition to her public health work, Anna is an avid cook, gardener and hiker. She also enjoys, live music, visual arts, community festivals and spending time with family and friends.

The UPHA is a network of public health officials from throughout Utah. The annual conference was held in Salt Lake City in May.