Eli Lilly, Fairbanks School of Public Health Launches Diabetes Impact Project
Eli Lilly and Company and the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI announced this week the launch of a new neighborhood-based, data-driven pilot in Indianapolis to help address the high incidence of diabetes. IUPUI's Chancellor Nasser Paydar, Eli Lilly and Company's Chairman and CEO Dave Ricks and our own Dean Paul Halverson kicked off the Diabetes Impact Project press conference. Building on similar efforts Lilly has developed in lower-income communities in Mexico, India and South Africa, the five-year program will focus on three Indianapolis neighborhoods with significant health disparities and high rates of diabetes: the Coalition of Northeast Neighborhoods, Northwest Neighborhood and Near Westside Neighborhood.
As a campus in the heart of Indianapolis, we are thrilled to work with Eli Lilly and members of the community. The commitment of our own Dr. Lisa Staten, principal investigator of the Diabetes Impact Project, has been invaluable in launching this project in close partnership with community members from the Northeast, Northwest and Near West neighborhoods. The strong partnerships and active community engagement that this project creates will help to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, regardless of where they live. See IndyStar's coverage of the project launch, that also graced IndyStar's front page on Tuesday, May 2, and take a look at the project overview video.