Protect Yourself 1, Inc. (PY1), a non-profit 501 (c) (3), was founded in April 2004, and began operations in Maryland in August 2005. PY1 has been working for years to perfect a model of community empowerment aimed at enabling minority and other disenfranchised populations to address fear, stigma and other barriers to preventing and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS.
We use innovative media-driven strategies to disseminate effective messages on HIV awareness, education and prevention to targeted groups; promote skills-building to reduce risk behaviors; and conduct culturally inclusive social marketing HIV media campaigns.
Develop culturally competent, linguistically appropriate, health awareness, education and prevention programs to engage diverse racial/ethnic minorities;
Produce technology-based health educational media, creative social media campaigns, community services and live/virtual events to improve health;
Promote health educational media, programs, campaigns and services for communities, faith-based organizations, government agencies, businesses and individuals to enhance community-engagement;
Create sustainable, scalable, cross-sector partnerships with community and faith-based organizations, government agencies and businesses to advance health education and prevention of HIV, STIs, HCV and associated comorbidities.