YMSM Prevention Specialist
Deon Hedge joined NAESM, Inc. in 2016 and serves as the YMSM Prevention Specialist. In this Position, Deon is responsible for providing HIV/STI testing, community outreach strategies with support from YMSM Program Coordinator, leading support groups in conjunction with Mental Health Counselor/Peer Leader, leading youth Advisory Board, implementing VOICES/VOCES intervention, and assisting with recruitment for PrEP and Healthy Relationship.
Prior to joining NAESM, Inc., Deon lead research for Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. In addition, he volunteered with NAESM, Inc. to carry out outreach, HIV testing, and help create and establish NAESM Inc. drop in center called The Hangout.
Deon is passionate about community work and vows to never disengage himself from being a part of the community he so humbly serves. He has been involved with various non-profit organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, American Red Cross, Child Fund USA and World Vision. He also serves as a member of a few Community Advisory Boards.