Eli Lilly and Company, Fairbanks School of Public Health and Local Partners Launch Diabetes Impact Project

Through the Diabetes Impact Project in Indianapolis, newly hired community health workers are helping connect their neighbors with medical and social resources to help treat and prevent diabetes and promote healthier living (Source: Eli Lilly and Company).

In May of 2018, Eli Lilly and Company launched their first US Global Health partnership called the Diabetes Impact Project – Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN). Lilly provided $7 million to fund this new neighborhood-based, data-driven pilot in Indianapolis to help address the high rates of diabetes. This partnership contributes to Lilly’s 30×30 goal to reach 30 million people in resource-limited settings annually by 2030.

This five-year project is targeting primary to tertiary prevention of type 2 diabetes in three Indianapolis communities, which were selected based on high prevalence of diabetes, socio-economic factors and highly engaged community members and organizations. DIP-IN is working to make a significant impact in the lives of those with diabetes and those at risk for the disease by:

• Reducing complications and improving quality of life of people living with diabetes

• Increasing awareness of risk factors for diabetes and encouraging people at high risk to be screened so they can take action to prevent future complications

• Fostering an environment (physical and social) that supports greater health and wellbeing for all residents

Each community has three Community Health Workers (CHWs), with two housed at the local Eskenazi clinic and one housed at a neighborhood organization. The CHWs are focused on connecting individuals to medical and social resources, while also working to positively change the neighborhood environment to promote healthier living.

This initiative is being implemented through many community organizations working together with community residents. Some of the leading organizational partners include IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI (lead organization), Eskenazi Health, Marion County Public Health Department and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Indianapolis.

To help advance the partnership, Lilly hosted its first US Connecting Hearts Abroad program in May 2019 when a team of seven Lilly employees from outside the US came to Indianapolis to volunteer for two weeks supporting the three DIP-IN neighborhoods. Lilly employees also engaged in a number of Global Day of Service projects in the DIP-IN neighborhoods on September 26.

View this video to learn more about DIP-IN.