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March 26th, 2013

Recognizing Diabetes Alert Day: One Mother’s Personal and Professional Journey

By Kelsey Ginck, Global Fellow, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

In honor of American Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day “wake up call” for learning your risk of diabetes, I asked my mom about her journey with diabetes — from her diagnosis and how it influenced her decision to become a diabetes educator at LifeScan Animas, to how her experiences have shaped where she is today, both personally and professionally.

Check out the full post over at JNJParents: http://jnj.me/14sSG4b

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April 26th, 2012

Voting Results from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Doug Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson

Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 124th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, NJ.  Today’s meeting held special significance in the history of Johnson & Johnson as it marked the transition of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position for only the 7th time since the company went public in 1944.  Bill Weldon, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO since 2002, handed the CEO title over to Alex Gorsky, previously Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Bill will remain as Chairman of the Board.  Alex, like all of our previous CEOs, was promoted from within the company, demonstrating the stability of leadership of Johnson & Johnson over time.

Here is a recap of the official business from today’s meeting, including preliminary voting results:

1) Election of Directors:  All 13 Director nominees were elected to serve one-year terms on the Board of Directors with a range of support of 75.1 to 98.8 percent of the votes cast.  Bill Weldon (Chairman) received the support of 93.6 percent of the votes cast, and Alex Gorsky (CEO) received the support of 98.8 percent.  A full list of our Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the investor.jnj.com website.

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April 12th, 2012

Celebrating 20 Years of Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program

From Conrad Person, Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Head Start and Johnson & Johnson both seem at home in a single sentence.  Both names evoke images of children and both organizations have the protection and nurturing of children at the core of their separate heritages.  But where does UCLA Anderson School of Management fit into the picture?  Let’s face it, we usually think of MBA programs as calculating, strategic, and a little cold.

At least that’s where I was mentally when I began my Head Start journey back in 1992.  I had accepted a temporary assignment in Corporate Contributions with the goal of doubling the size of the fledgling Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program at UCLA Anderson.  I understood the children needed teachers, nutritious food, and safe transport but I had not considered that these things entail human resources management, procurement, logistics and well-defined policies and procedures.  I quickly learned that Head Start Programs also serve as advocates for children and families and need strong communications and public relations to ensure adequate funding and community support.

In other words, I learned that running a Head Start program, sometimes serving thousands of America’s most disadvantaged families, is as much a management challenge as it is a social service challenge. 

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April 9th, 2012

It’s almost time for TEDMED!

Tomorrow, more than a thousand “thinkers and doers” will gather in Washington, D.C., for TEDMED, a forum designed to help fuel passion, spark creativity and generate ideas that will define the future of health and medicine.   TED – which stands for technology, entertainment, design – is known for being a catalyst for innovation and a place where diverse thoughts and unique thinkers can come together to make true breakthroughs.  For three days, April 10-13, 2012, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with a host of luminaries and big thinkers from a variety of disciplines.  You can read more about presenters, attendees and program highlights at the conference website.

Johnson & Johnson is proud to be a major sponsor of TEDMED this year and we’re gearing up to showcase some of our most innovative projects and inspiring leaders, all focused on the question: how can we partner to change the world? Some of things we’re most excited to share include:

  • Interactive experiences that simulate some of the challenges of diseases like schizophrenia or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Conversations with Dr. Scott Ratzan of our Global Health and Government Affairs & Policy team about how greater health literacy could help more people access and understand their health information to make better health decisions
  • Discussions about new frontiers in neuroscience research with Dr.

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January 20th, 2012

Introducing Global Motherhood

From Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson

Yesterday, we announced that Johnson & Johnson and the AOL-Huffington Post have launched an exciting new partnership called Global Motherhood. This partnership will give us the opportunity to share stories from many of our philanthropic programs, Buy Brand Viagra Cialis Levitra Online Drug Shop highlighting the outstanding work that our partner organizations do to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the world.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog on the Huffington Post, the launch of the Global Motherhood partnership offered the opportunity to share my quiet but long-held belief that the world revolves around mothers. As I visit villages, cities, townships, and remote rural areas in low- and middle-resource countries, I’m struck by the power of mothers as champions for the health and survival of their children, their families and, by extension, their communities. generic viagra for sale with the highest concentration 200mg And I am touched and inspired by the dedication of the many people and organizations working to bring better health to mothers and children — including our partners like mothers2mothers, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Water.org and Tostan.

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November 29th, 2011

7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Awareness

From Ellen Rose, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy

November is National Caregivers Month in the United States and also National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, as many as 36 million people worldwide are living with dementia and that number is expected to double every 20 years. The worldwide cost of dementia amounts to more than 1 percent of global GDP or $604 billion US dollars and in the United States, an estimated 10.9 million unpaid caregivers see to the daily needs of people with Alzheimer’s.

These are staggering numbers that are hard to put into perspective, but sometimes the societal and human impact of this devastating and fatal disease is better put into context through the personal experience of someone with a family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

I am privileged to work with one such individual – Alan Arnette, an Alzheimer’s disease advocate who has combined his passion for mountain climbing with advocacy through the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s:  Memories are Everything.  The 7 Summits is a public awareness campaign that that shines a light on the need for more research, education and urgency to address Alzheimer’s (Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy is a sponsor of this campaign). 

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November 23rd, 2011

Johnson & Johnson and Social Health at BlogWorld

From Devon Eyer, Director, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

For the second consecutive year, Johnson & Johnson was the primary sponsor for the Social Health track at BlogWorld and New Media Expo, held November 3-5, 2011 in Los Angeles.  The event, which attracts attendees interested in emerging trends in social media and digital technology, has been a rich and rewarding opportunity for us to connect with patients, physicians, nurses, caregivers, advocates and digital health organizations looking to find information, share ideas, and most importantly – connect with others who want to affect change in healthcare.

As the newest member of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Social Media team, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s event and found it to be a great introduction to what’s going on in the space.  I came away inspired by the passion and depth of speakers and attendees, and impressed by the lively and interactive discussions about challenges, successes and best practices from patients, practitioners and advocates for use of social media to advance healthcare.  Conversations ranged from privacy and rules of the road, to brainstorms about authenticity and making sure relevant, credible information rises to the top of searches for patients who need it. 

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November 21st, 2011

National Psoriasis Awareness Campaign, Are You Serious?, Launches New Online Community

From Craig Stoltz, Director, Product Communication, Immunology, Janssen Biotech, Inc.

Last November, I posted about the launch of a national awareness campaign for people living with plaque psoriasis, called Are You Serious?TM, which you may remember featured renowned comedian Jon Lovitz. Inspired by finding a treatment that worked for him after living with psoriasis for nearly a decade, Lovitz told his psoriasis story and infused his unique style of humor into Are You Serious?TM to illustrate the everyday impact of this disease, while reinforcing the importance of having open and frank discussions with a dermatologist. 

A year later, my colleagues and I are still working on raising awareness for people with plaque psoriasis, which is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States.  This year, we are shifting the Are You Serious?TM spotlight to the millions of Americans living with plaque psoriasis  — so they can share the moments that motivated them to get serious about psoriasis. Buy Kamagra Oral Jelly online 100mg Sildenafil Citrate We hope that this expansion of the conversation will give people an outlet to talk about what led them to work with a dermatologist towards effectively managing their symptoms, and will motivate others to do the same. 

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November 11th, 2011

A Veteran’s Day Reflection on Mental Health

From Bill Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Each Veterans Day, Americans take a collective pause to express our gratitude for those who so honorably serve in the Armed Forces. We say a silent thank you for all who sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom, and applaud the heroism and bravery of returning veterans whose visible wounds often bear witness to their time on the front lines. But this Veterans Day, many of our young men and women in uniform are struggling with less visible wounds: traumatic injuries that don’t require a prosthetic or wheelchair – yet leave deep and lasting scars on the mind.

The challenge of treating and curing diseases and injuries to the brain is more critical than ever.  After nine years of frequent deployments, today’s combat veterans are increasingly suffering not only traumatic brain injuries but also the emotional and psychological wounds of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions including addiction, depression and suicide. A 2011 study of returning soldiers conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that one in five active duty and more than four in ten reserve soldiers had been diagnosed as needing mental health treatment.

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November 10th, 2011

Remembering Our Veterans

From Russell Clayton, Sourcing Manager—PLDP, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, Co-Chair, Veterans Leadership Council

Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart. For nine years, I served as a Captain in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.The diverse experiences I’ve had in the military have played a tremendous role in my life both personally and professionally. In the military, Order Cheapest Kamagra soft 100mg Without Prescription Sildenafil Citrate I learned not only about the value of discipline and teamwork in reaching a common goal, but also how to lead others. Today, as the co-chair of the Veterans Leadership Council (VLC), one of our affinity groups here at Johnson & Johnson, I can also say with great pride that Johnson & Johnson has a long legacy of serving and empowering its many employees who have served, and continue to serve in the military.

Johnson & Johnson employees volunteering through military service is a tradition that began in 1898 with the Spanish American War when two employees in the U.S. volunteered to serve in the military. One of those employees had just been hired at the Company, but felt it was his patriotic duty to serve his country, which the Company supported fully–even paying the employee’s salary while he served (today the Company pays the difference between the J&J and military salary).

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