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

Wayne State University College of Nursing Assistant Professor-Clinical, 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 28, 2018 event is to educate and teach Detroit youth how to make positive health choices to aid in disease prevention in adulthood. “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.

This year, SA.V.E.T.H.E.M. welcomes a new partnership with the Detroit Public School System and the Medicine and Community Health (MCH) program at Cody High School. Dr. McNeill continued, "This year's step show and resource fair will take place in conjunction with the MCH 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 Medicine and Community Health (MCH) at Cody High School located at 18445 Cathedral St. in Detroit.

Partners for the 2018 event include Wayne State University College of Nursing, The Better Detroit Youth Movement, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., 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

2017 youth resource fair and step show highlights