Remembering Regina 'Gina' Quattrochi, Influential AIDS Activist and CEO of Bailey House
December 16, 2016
Regina "Gina" Quattrochi, AIDS activist and long-time CEO of Bailey House, died December 13 after a two-year battle with cancer.
After serving on the Bailey House board of directors for five years, Gina became its CEO in 1991, a position she held until her death. Under her leadership, Bailey House grew from a small agency that provided housing to those living with HIV to an $18-million-dollar organization that provides not just housing but also mental health care, treatment for substance use and care coordination. Her advocacy changed the way people looked at HIV care and helped foster an understanding that stable housing is as important as high-quality medical care to fighting the HIV epidemic.
Her belief that housing was a fundamental human right also led her to co-found the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) in 1993. NAHC works to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable and appropriate housing. Gina served on the board of that organization until her death.
On World AIDS Day 2016, just a few weeks before her death, Gina was recognized for her HIV/AIDS advocacy by the New York City Health Department in conjunction with the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial. She was also honored this month by Bridging Access to Care at its 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Gala.
Charles King, president and CEO of Housing Works, said in a statement:
Well-known HIV activist Larry Kramer said:
Gina Quattrochi leaves behind two children.
Martha Kempner is a freelance writer, consultant and sexual health expert.
This article was provided by TheBody.com.
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