About Amy O'Connor

Amy O’Connor leads the Digital & Social Media Communications team at Lilly. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame - Go Irish! - and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University - Hoya Saxa!

 Amy’s goal is to develop Lilly's engagement on public policy issues to promote solutions that foster innovation and ensure that patients have access to the medicines that help them live longer, healthier lives. Since 2011, she has launched and led Lilly's digital public policy effort with LillyPad in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union; the Campaign for Modern Medicines, a coalition to improve patient access to medicines; and Patient Access to Cancer care Excellence (PACE), an effort to accelerate cancer innovation.

Amy splits her time between Indianapolis, IN, and Washington D.C. In her spare time, Amy enjoys exploring with her dog, cheering on her favorite teams, trying new restaurants, and bringing friends together at her favorite places. With her finger on the pulse of the political and advocacy worlds, Amy will share her experiences and blog about these issues on LillyPad.

The Value of Knowing

By 2050, estimates suggest the total number of people with dementia will reach 115 million. To put this in perspective, that number roughly equates to the entire populations of California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois combined. No person wants to hear this painful diagnosis. However, a timely, accurate diagnosis for people with ...

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What Is The Future of Research?

Excellent, and ongoing, health research has always been part and parcel of our innovation ecosystem. By supporting efforts to unearth crucial medical discoveries, we bolster our chances to find new treatments and create healthier communities. Earlier this month, at the National Health Research Forum hosted by Research!America, the vital importance of creating a policy environment ...

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Let’s Work Together to Improve Education

Every year, 22,000 Indianapolis students miss out on educational opportunities as a result of suspension from school. Another 1,800 miss out on opportunities as a result of expulsion or dropping out. A recent spike in crime begs the question: how ...

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Encounters With Fake Medicines

Yesterday, the Partnership for Safe Medicines hosted Interchange 2014, an opportunity for policymakers, patient advocates, industry, law enforcement, health care professionals, and other stakeholders to discuss the threat counterfeit medicines pose to patient safety. Join us this week as we explore how fake medicines impact patient lives and what organizations can do to fight counterfeits.

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Honoring Caregivers During World Alzheimer’s Month

When someone you love can no longer take care of themselves, you would likely move mountains to help them. For millions of Americans, this scenario has become a reality as they care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. This challenge couples the emotional pain of slowly losing a family member to this illness with a new 24/7 unpaid job. Alzheimer’s disease affects more than the individual sufferer – it leaves a lasting impact on caregivers, families, and our society as a whole.

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#WeAdv For A Healthier Tomorrow

What would you say if I told you everyone was an advocate? Would you agree? At its core advocacy grows from our deepest passions and our hopes for the future. From a simple desire to create a healthier tomorrow to a drive to eradicate a disease that affects millions like MDR-TB, many of the available tools and tactics remain the same. In particular, digital engagement represents an important frontier for the future of health care advocacy.

Next month here in Washington D.C., Lilly ...

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Working Mothers: A Driving Force

A lot has changed in the last 20 years, from politics and economics to fashion and style. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same: Lilly’s commitment to women.  We continue to support and improve crucial programs for women that focus on advancement in the workplace, flexible hours, and parental leave.

All of these things - and more - have led to Working Mother magazine naming our company one of the

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The Value of Discovery

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work, life, and everything in between. But, every once in a while, I’ll see something that will stop me in my tracks, today it was this: over the past century, the average American life expectancy has increased from 47 to 78 years old. While many factors have contributed to this dramatic increase, medical discovery has played a vital role. ...

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A Trans-Pacific Update

For this week’s LinkPad, we’re taking a look at the latest news coming out of Hanoi, where the latest round of Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations has come to a close.

  • Chief negotiator for the United States, Barbara Weisel said that important progress was made on TPP, and that country representatives will work on a plan to further expedite progress.

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The Economic Impact of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s takes a significant personal and economic toll on the more than 5 million Americans living with this diagnosis. The shadow of this disease extends beyond individual to encompass family members, caregivers, and ultimately the U.S. as a whole. Addressing Alzheimer’s through efforts focused on finding early diagnostics, treatments, and a cure will help to ...

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