Health Advisory Council Newsletter | 2020 Summer | Member Q&A

Michelle Leigh Kimbrough

Eli Lilly and Company

Q&A with Michelle Leigh Kimbrough, Director of Federal and Professional Relations, Eli Lilly and Company.

Q. How long have you been at Eli Lilly and Company and what do you love most about your job?

A. I have been at Lilly for 13 years in roles focused on patient advocacy and professional relations. This is a unique fit for me because before joining Lilly I worked in the nonprofit sector focused on mental health for many years and specifically, at Mental Health America of Indianapolis. So, I love that my job allows me to maintain close ties with the nonprofit community and still be a part of helping patients live longer, happier lives. I work to establish and maintain Lilly’s relationships with national organizations serving communities of color, as well as patient advocacy and health professional organizations in a variety of therapeutic areas. By identifying areas of mutual interest, I aim to create partnerships that improve patient care. 

Q. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Lilly today?

A. Lilly continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact. As this is an evolving topic, Lilly includes relevant announcements and information on this page.

Q. What Lilly initiatives would you like to share with the Council?

A. Lilly is committed to helping people with diabetes regardless of whether they have insurance from an employer, Medicare, or no insurance at all. For anyone struggling to afford the medication or diabetes care they need, please call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center at 1-833-808-1234 Monday-Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, ET. Visit for more details.

Q. What does Lilly value about membership in NCL’s Health Advisory Council?

A. While Lilly has been a long-time supporter of NCL, I just recently got the privilege to begin working with the organization and look forward to participating in the Health Advisory Council. I value the opportunity to engage with such a wide variety of health care stakeholders who are all committed to consumer education and advocacy.