February 26, 2021

APLA Health Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Former Board of Directors Member Ivy Bottini

Media Contact:
Joe Hui
Director of Communications


In response to the passing of Ivy Bottini, who died on February 25, APLA Health CEO Craig E. Thompson issued the following statement:

“Today APLA Health joins our community in celebrating the pioneering legacy of Ivy Bottini, who helped to found APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles) and served as a member of our board. We would not be here today with her passion.

“In addition to her work fighting HIV and AIDS, Bottini was an outspoken advocate for queer rights, women’s rights, age discrimination, and fighting against stigma. Bottini helped establish the National Organization for Women (NOW) and formed both the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing and Alliance for Diverse Community Aging Services.

“Ivy’s many accomplishments are too long to list, and I invite all of our colleagues, friends, and allies to join us in honoring her legacy. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this time.”



APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles) restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, HIV specialty care, food, housing, and other essential support services. Since our founding in 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic in our lifetime. We operate eight Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations in Los Angeles County, serving more than 19,000 people annually, regardless of ability to pay. Our list of comprehensive services includes LGBTQ+ primary care, dental care, behavioral healthcare, HIV specialty care, and Out Here Sexual Health services (PrEP, STD screening & treatment, DoxyPEP, and PEP). For people with HIV, our wraparound support services include housing assistance through the Alliance for Housing & Healing and nutritional support via the Vance North Necessities of Life Program, the largest food pantry in the United States for people with HIV, distributing over 800,000 meals annually. APLA Health’s annual fundraisers include AIDS Walk LA — the world's first and oldest AIDS Walk — and Best in Drag Show. We are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation at the local, state and Federal levels that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities. For more information, visit

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