Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community


This message comes from CIC board member and Eli Lilly VP Aarti Shah.

Lilly colleagues in Indiana,

I hope you are well and settling into some sense of routine in these unusual times. Today, I want to draw your attention to a public service campaign Lilly helped launch here in our home state, along with Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. It’s called #INthistogether, a statewide effort to encourage people to practice social distance and flatten the COVID-19 curve.

In the coming days, you’ll be hearing more about this on the news and social media, and not just from Lilly. In addition to our state and city governments, the coalition includes the Colts, Pacers and Fever, Indiana and Purdue universities, and other statewide business and community partners.

The goal of the #INthistogether campaign is to help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing, provide access to helpful tips and information and galvanize community-wide commitment.

We need your help to spread the word! Use the #INthistogether hash tag as you engage on social media (within appropriate company guidance). Tell a neighbor, tell your friends and family! Let’s engage our whole community. This is something everyone can and should do.

Lilly, in fact, helped spearhead this coalition. As we help combat the epidemic in our home state, we feel a special responsibility to bring our community together to practice proven and effective health strategies. And as employees of one of the leading healthcare companies in the world, we have an opportunity and obligation to social distancing practices in our cities and neighborhoods.

While we have taken significant steps in our workplace to limit social distance, we also ask you to take continue to take steps in your personal lives.

We know from science and experience that social distancing is the most important and effective tool we have right now to slow the spread the virus. Data show that through good social distancing practices, we can flatten the curve to reduce the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. And by doing our part now, we can help our communities return more quickly to normal social interactions and business operations.

Here’s what we must do.

  • Stay home, unless you need to go out for essential activities and jobs.
  • Ensure physical distance. Remember to avoid close contact, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, sanitize frequently, cough or sneeze into elbow, and stay home if you’re sick.
  • Take care of yourself. That includes your physical health and mental well-being. Be sure to stay connected socially by using technology, exercise, eat well, get good sleep and have fun.
  • Support our communities. Look for creative ways to virtually give back to your community. Call an elderly neighbor, offer virtual tutoring, donate to a community fund.

We don’t know exactly how long we’ll need to keep up social distancing. But we do know that if we act now, we can save lives and more quickly return to our daily, interconnected lives.

We’re honored to be working with Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett and this statewide coalition to help Indiana rise to the challenge and flatten the curve.

This is the one thing we can all do to fight this invisible enemy. Let’s do this. Lives depend on it.

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