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Cynthera McNeill, Assistant Professor and director of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program

Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP is an Assistant Professor and director of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at Wayne State University. Dr. Cynthera McNeill holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wayne State University and is nationally certified as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is committed to addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes in urban communities. She currently works as an Internal Medicine provider at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI. Her 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.

Dr. McNeill is the project director for a $1.5 million HRSA grant awarded to Wayne State College of Nursing aimed at increasing mental health access and decreasing the stigma of mental illness within the City of Detroit. She is also the co-author of an urban health textbook entitled “Urban Health: A Practical Application to Clinical Based Learning” published November 2022.

Dr. McNeill is a leader and mentor within the profession of nursing. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF), Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).  Her dedication to professional development and mentoring within the nursing profession is evident through her LLC entitled No Nurse Left Behind (NNLB) [which she started in 2014 with two other colleagues, Dr. Umeika Stephens and Dr. Tara Walker].  No Nurse Left Behind provides mentorship and professional development to individuals interested in advancing within the profession of nursing. She is also one of the founders of Stomping Away Various Epidemics by Teaching Health Education and Mentoring (S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M), a non-profit organization in the City of Detroit that addresses health disparities among High School aged youth.