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Wayne State University nursing professor organizes community health education program and competition for Detroit youth

February 21, 2014

Cynthera McNeill

Wayne State University College of Nursing clinical instructor Cynthera McNeill has organized "Stomping Out," a free community health education program and resource fair for high school students. McNeill partnered with community youth organizations and leaders to determine the theme: HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention.

The aim of the April 12 event is to increase youths' ability to make positive health choices and develop health behaviors that are essential to becoming a healthy adult.

"Adolescence is a trying time and impacts to health during this time will impact them as adults," said McNeill.

In a unique twist on traditional health fairs, attendees will also gain health-related information through a student talent show and competition. Through step routines, role playing, singing and other acts, youth will creatively express themselves and teach health promotion and disease prevention to their peers.

This is the third year McNeill has organized "Stomping Out," an extension of her 2012 doctoral work as a Wayne State University College of Nursing student.

Over 300 youth and 50 vendors are expected to participate in this year's event, which will be held at the Don Bosco Community Center in Detroit.

"Stomping Out" community partners include AIDS Partnership of Michigan, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, The Better Detroit Youth Movement and Don Bosco Hall. For more information, call 734-560-2632 or email

Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, is clinical instructor at the Wayne State University College of Nursing.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.