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Eli Lilly Global Health Announcement will focus on the diabetes epidemic in low income areas around Marion County

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – At a press conference, pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly has announced a new five-year, $90 million investments in global health that will improve access to health care for people living in low income areas all over the world, including patients with diabetes in Marion County.

“Lily 30×30 is an ambitious plan to increase access to quality health care, aimed at reaching 30 million people in resource-limited settings by 2030,” said Eli Lilly and Company CEO and President John Lechleiter.

The health plan will focus on neighborhoods around Indianapolis that need access to health care, medicine, and education about the ongoing diabetes epidemic in Marion County. The Marion County Health Department is partnering with Eli Lilly to help treat patients in low-income areas, working to slash the number of people who are affected by the disease and give them the resources they need to stay healthy.

The Marion County Health Department along with Eli Lilly and Company continues to identify which Indianapolis neighborhoods need health care assistance. Officials say the lower-income areas of Marion County are being hit the hardest.

“Your health status is related to the zip code that you live in and we know that the higher the poverty level in the area that you live in, we have a higher number of diabetes cases,” said Director of Marion County Health Department Virginia Caine.

The Marion County Health Department and Eli Lilly partnership will start rolling out programs to focus on the diabetes problem by January.

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