MOVEUP- Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are integral to the success of MOVEUP. These compassionate and dynamic leaders have diverse backgrounds and skill sets. They work in the community coaching others how to modify their behaviors for a healthier lifestyle.

Meet our CHWs below as we highlight our partners, the things they like about Pittsburgh and what motivates them as a CHW.


Bridget ParkerBridget Parker
Homewood-Brushton YMCA

  • As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, my favorite place is their campus because it provides me a place of comfort to reflect in the park, try a variety of foods and exercise with my dogs.
  • My passion in life is to improve people’s lives who suffer from health disparities that can be mitigated through education and physical activity. MOVE UP has helped me to live out my dream while also developing lasting relationships with the participants.



Clair CranvilleClair Cranville
Sewickley Public Library and Vanadium Woods Village

  • My favorite place is Mount Washington with its spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh, the rivers and the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • As a CHW, I appreciate the opportunity to help seniors improve their overall health and well-being with a more healthy lifestyle by changing their eating and activity behaviors. I look forward to the weekly meetings with our good fellowship, often lively discussion, and sense of ‘community’, as our MOVE UP group shares common attitudes, interests, and goals.



Coleen BortzColeen Bortz
Sampson Family YMCA







Elaine Pruitt

Elaine Pruitt
Riverview Community Action Corporation (RCAC) Oakmont

  • My favorite place in Pittsburgh is the Strip District. There is so much cultural diversity and I can have food from all over the world!
  • The success of my participants motivates me the most. How they’ve made it [MOVE UP] a part of their life and how they value it.





mu-chw-LutheranHolly Vazzo
Lutheran Service Society – Bellevue







mu-chw-LongwoodJason Klein
Longwood at Oakmont Retirement Community

  • My favorite place in Pittsburgh is PNC Park because there is nothing like a summer evening to watch baseball.
  • I like being a CHW because I want to help people be their best mentally, physically, and spiritually. As the saying goes, “live long, die short.”





mu-chw-PilewskiLisa Pilewski
Phipps Garden Center – Shadyside

  • My favorite place in Pittsburgh is PNC Park because I love the atmosphere of the park, I love the Bucs, and I enjoy the memories of taking my family there for many special events since 2001.
  • I am so delighted to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives. Life is a gift and we need to take care of ourselves. Then, we can properly care for others.





mu-chw-HordMeta B. Hord
Thelma Lovette YMCA

  • My favorite places in Pittsburgh are probably the North Shore and Schenley park. Walking along the river (between town and the stadium) is such a beautiful site! I also love the Oakland area and Schenley park.
  • There are honestly so many reasons why I really enjoy being a CHW. I’d say the main reason is because of the positive effect the program I am delivering has on the participants. They’ve expressed to me on numerous occasions how transformed they are becoming from the program and it is such an amazing feeling knowing you played such a role. Also, for personal and professional/career-related reasons I have found being a CHW in the MOVE UP study to be extremely beneficial.



mu-chw-WilsonNina Wilson
Kingsley Association (leads 2 groups)

  • My favorite place in Pittsburgh is at my home, with my two lovely dogs, creatively entertaining special guest.
  • These are words from my heart. I love being a CHW for MOVE UP because it’s nurturing to my soul. Knowing that I am making an impact on people’s lives by providing them with the proper tools to adapt a healthy active lifestyle makes my spirit very happy.




mu-chw-LutheranPatricia Pacey
Lutheran Service Society – Bellevue








Reverend A. Marie Walker
First Baptist Church of West Mifflin

  • My two favorite places are my home church because of the fellowship of worship at my church and Mt. Washington because of the beautiful view of Pittsburgh.
  • I want to be a vehicle to help others my age focus on their health so that our lives can
    continue to be productive.





Annie Bontempo
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library of Edgewood

  • My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is walk around the Highland Park reservoir.
  • I wanted to be a CHW to create a community space that facilitates healthy and lasting lifestyle changes. And it sounded fun!







Theresa A. Eury, BS, CHES
Holy Sepulcher Church of Butler and Bellefield Professional Building of Oakland

  • Favorites in Pittsburgh: PNC Park on a warm summer evening, the beautiful historic train stations, the coasters and merry-go-round at Kennywood. My favorites in North Pittsburgh: all of the access to farm fresh food, walking in Adams Twp. Park, outdoor dining/music at Narcisi Winery on a warm Sunday afternoon, Mars Annual Applefest
  • I have worked most of my years with intervention research projects at Pitt (Epidemiology) and VA (CHERP) (20+) and volunteered with veterans and other adult populations to motivate for healthy changes. I have a passion for guiding/involvement with folks to make even small changes for a healthier life. MOVE UP has given me the opportunity to explore/utilize my “inner health coach.” Assisting small groups or even one person to make healthy lifestyle changes is extremely rewarding! I am now leading a second MOVE UP group; all the participants have been wonderful to work with, and it is a privilege to be on this health journey with them.



Last Updated Apr 3, 2017