Devin Hursey

Peer Educator/Public Health Advocate

Missouri HIV Justice Coalition

Devin Hursey’s career is dedicated to addressing obstacles facing black men who have sex with men (BMSM) and people living with HIV. As a peer educator at Truman Medical Center, he works to provide treatment adherence education to those newly diagnosed with HIV or who are struggling with HIV treatment, and gathering resources for those in need of clothing or hygiene supplies. At the state and local levels, Devin advocates to modernize Missouri’s HIV criminal statute, as a member of the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition; and serves as a board member for Blackout KC (a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of black queer and trans people throughout the Kansas City Area). His work goes beyond state borders as an appointed member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis (CHAC), communications chair for U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus, an ambassador for the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation’s AIDs campaign, and a steering committee member of MPACT global action for gay men’s health and rights.

Devin attended Morehouse College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2018.

BOLD SOLUTION: Devin advocated on behalf of young black men (one in Missouri, the other in Arkansas), by activating a network of advocates and supporters across the country. In one instance, Devin created a slide that could be inserted into presentations at the 2018 U.S. Conference on AIDS, the largest annual HIV conference in the nation. The slide was shared throughout the HIV advocacy community, and as a result of Devin’s work, donations to a legal fund grew from a few hundred dollars to more than $3,000. He and the Missouri HIV Justice coalition testified on behalf of MO HB 166 to modernize the state’s HIV criminal statute.
I serve my community in many different ways because the public health needs of this community are multidimensional. Improving public health for the BMSM population requires no less than an understanding of race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, and the impact that each of these factors have on the social determinants of health.