October 28, 2019

Thought Leader: Primary care/chronic disease management for adults, health promotion and disease prevention

Cynthera McNeill

As an assistant professor (clinical) and specialty coordinator for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Cynthera McNeill’s work in Wayne State’s College of Nursing has been dedicated to educating Detroiters — particularly teenagers — about health risks and making wise decisions. She is currently a health care provider at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Detroit, serving the uninsured/low-insured patient population. McNeill’s primary focus as a nurse practitioner has been in the field of primary care/chronic disease management for adults with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Her research interest includes the utilization of evidence-based, culturally sensitive interventions to decrease health disparities among at-risk populations, such as African Americans and geriatric health.

“I believe that my foundation gives me perspective needed to reach the members of my resilient community as well as provide insight to overcoming barriers and health disparities. Because I could not have been this successful without my community supporting me along the way, I feel obligated, humbled and blessed to make a difference here.” — Cynthera McNeill, Today@Wayne, June 2017

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Adolescent health promotion
  • Adult/geriatric health promotion
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice
  • HIV prevention
  • Adolescent reproductive/sexual health
  • Adult-geriatric primary care
  • Internal medicine

McNeill’s current research involves the development and evaluation of Barbies to Birth Control (B2B) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: New approach to sexual education/pregnancy prevention for adolescents.

View her complete faculty profile here.