Wayne State University

Detroit high schoolers to benefit from community health fair April 8, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, Wayne State University College of Nursing clinical instructor Dr. Cynthera McNeill has organized S.A.V.E. T.H.E.M. (Stomping Away Various Epidemics by Teaching Health Education and Mentoring), a high school step show competition and health fair. She along with Drs. Umeika Stephens and Tara Walker, College of Nursing faculty members, started the non-profit S.A.V.E. T.H.E.M. in 2014. 

The aim of the April 8 event is to educate and teach Detroit youth how to make positive health choices to aid in disease prevention in adulthood. McNeill partnered with community youth organizations and leaders to determine this year’s theme, which is diabetes.

“It’s a chance for the community to surround and support our youth as they creatively express themselves while teaching their peers about health promotion and diabetes prevention in a culturally sensitive way,” said McNeill. Over 300 youth and 50 vendors are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Don Bosco Community Center in Detroit.

In addition to visiting more traditional information tables, attendees will 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 year, S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M. will be providing school bus transportation for over 100 youth to attend this health promotion event.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner, sponsor or volunteer for S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M., contact McNeill at 734-560-2632 or email aq6139@wayne.edu.

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