Today Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi to a new Task Force to End AIDS in New York State. Members of the Task Force are charged with implementing a plan to meet the goals of Governor Cuomo’s “Bending the Curve” initiative, a three-pronged strategy to reduce HIV infections in New York State by the year 2020. Bailey House is proud to partner with the Governor and with peer organizations to focus on three goals: identifying people with HIV who are undiagnosed and linking them to health care; connecting people living with HIV/AIDS to health care and HIV medication; and preventing HIV among high-risk populations.
As an dynamic advocate for many years and Bailey House’s CEO since 1995, Ms. Quattrochi has been a leader in the fight to end HIV/AIDS for decades. Ms. Quattrochi stated, “I am thrilled to be part of New York State’s effort to end HIV/AIDS by 2020. While it is an ambitious goal, the active participation by those of us on the front lines ensures that the plan will be reality-based and focused on ending the key drivers of HIV incidence, including poverty, homelessness, racism, gender-based health disparities and the criminalization of drug use.” This ground-breaking effort to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State cannot succeed without the input of the movement’s long-time advocates and leaders, and Bailey House commends Governor Cuomo for convening the first Task Force to End AIDS in the nation.