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 restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.