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April 11, 2013

Eli Lilly Head of Global Communications Tops List of Featured Speakers at Upcoming Health Academy Conference in Indianapolis

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has selected Indianapolis, one of the nation’s top cities for the life-sciences profession, as the site of its 2013 Health Academy Conference. The conference will take place May 1-3, at the Omni Severin Hotel.
Held annually, the Health Academy Conference provides public relations and communications professionals with insights on the latest trends, technologies and regulations impacting health care communications. The program focuses on providing practical, actionable advice that can be used to overcome modern health care communications challenges, such as legal and regulatory compliance, measurement and evaluation, and the use of social media.
Jeffrey Winton, vice president and head of global communications of Eli Lilly and Company, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Embracing the Rapid Globalization of Healthcare Communications.” Also scheduled to appear are Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, who will speak on “The Changing Public Relations Ecosystem,” and radio news legend Bob Edwards, host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio, who will discuss “Healthcare in the 21st Century.”
The Health Academy Conference also is one of the premier networking opportunities for the nation’s health care communicators. Hundreds of public relations and communications professionals from all over the world — including professionals working in public relations agencies, corporations, the government and military, health care institutions, associations, nonprofit organizations and academia — attend the Conference each year to meet like-minded colleagues, share knowledge, uncover new opportunities and make valuable personal connections.
“Just as Indianapolis is a place that helps health care companies progress to the next stage in their corporate development, the PRSA Health Academy Conference is an event that helps health care communicators advance to the next levels in their careers,” said PRSA Health Academy Chair Ben Garrett. “At a time of tremendous change in the health care and communications professions, this is the one conference that will help professionals and their organizations take stock of their communication efforts and prepare for the future.”
For more information and to register for the Health Academy Conference, please visit

About the PRSA Health Academy
The Health Academy is the largest Professional Interest Section within PRSA. Through the convergence of health care and public relations, the Academy promotes excellence in communications and an educational dialogue across the entire health care industry for the professional enhancement of its members.
About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.

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