Seventh annual health fair, step show competition to benefit Detroit high schoolers

Wayne State University College of Nursing Assistant Professor 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 free April 13, 2019 event is to educate Detroit youth about health promotion and disease prevention specific to health issues affecting their age group. These health issues include but are not limited to obesity, STDs, HIV, AIDS, teen pregnancy, bullying, and depression.

The 2019 theme is: "Stomping Out" Mental Health Stigma (Depression, Anger, Guilt, Hopelessness, Sadness)

"It's a chance for the community to surround and support our youth as they creatively express themselves while teaching their peers about mental health stigma, in particular," said McNeill.

Dr. McNeill continued, "This year's step show and resource fair will take place in conjunction with the Cody High School's Open House and will engage both students and parents to facilitate more parental involvement."

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. Over 300 youth and 50 vendors are expected to participate in this year's event, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cody High School in Detroit, MI (18445 Cathedral St. Detroit, MI 48228).

Partners for the 2019 event include Wayne State University College of Nursing, Limitless Possibilities Counseling Services, 97.9 WJLB, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., and many community sponsors and volunteers. Visit for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner, sponsor or volunteer for S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M., contact McNeill at 313-577-0258 or email

Video of the 2018 event:


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