Diversity Partnerships for Better Health

Today’s guest post comes from Monique Hunt McWilliams, Eli Lilly and Company’s Chief Diversity officer.image

Children love to dream of what they want to be when they grow up, and for the most part, their dreams are uninhibited at a young age. But for some, the thought of becoming a scientist, a mathematician or a health care provider doesn’t even cross their mind because they have few, if any, role models to show them it’s a possibility.

That’s just one reason Lilly is committed to partnering with organizations such as the National Council of La Raza and why we’re participating at the annual conference and health summit this week. Three years ago, Lilly took a leadership role to help bring to life the NCLR Health Summit, and we’ve supported it every year. Our goal is to ensure that all people, regardless of their background, have access to and an appreciation of the possibilities surrounding health care.

From the little girl who dreams of becoming a doctor, to the single mother who needs help figuring out how to keep her family healthy, we know that information and access are powerful tools.

This year’s conference and summit are focused on equipping Hispanic community leaders with tools and information they can use to empower their communities toward better health. The summit is bringing together experts in the use of social media, the Affordable Care Act, and public health. The conference itself features a huge family health expo with opportunities for anyone in Los Angeles to get health information or participate in health screenings.

We’re glad to be a part of such an effort. Because we know that today’s dreamers are tomorrow’s leaders – for their families and for their communities.