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October 5th, 2011

Drive Safely Work Week and BTW: Behind the Wheel

With the seemingly ever-increasing demands on our time, it’s all too easy to become distracted behind the wheel of a car.  This week (October 3-7) is Drive Safely Work Week.  Johnson & Johnson, as a board member company of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation and NETS in promoting Drive Safely Work Week this week to help combat the epidemic of distracted driving.

On the social media side, the Johnson & Johnson Health Channel is featuring a video about Behind the Wheel (BTW) safe driving training as part of the Johnson & Johnson SAFE Fleet Program.

SAFE Fleet is the Company’s approach to protecting our employee drivers, their families and community members from injuries on the road.  Behind the Wheel training is a comprehensive driver improvement program, primarily for employees who drive fleet vehicles.  It includes classroom instruction and hands-on driving experience so that drivers can practice life-saving maneuvers behind the wheel.  Some months ago, we taped a BTW program attended by newly hired Ethicon, Inc. field representatives so that we could show one of these courses in action.

Drive Safely Work Week is the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s annual workplace safety campaign that provides downloadable tools for companies to use in reminding their employees about safe driving practices. 

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October 3rd, 2011

Using Technology to Improve Health – The Social Health Track at BlogWorld 2011

Well, it’s that time of year again!  No, I don’t mean time to appreciate the changing fall foliage.  I mean time to get ready for the Social Health Track at Blog World and New Media Expo which is taking place in Los Angeles, Nov. 3-5!

For the past two years, Johnson & Johnson has been the primary sponsor of a track dedicated to a discussion of social health at Blog World.  You can read more about what happened in the first two years here and here.  Overall, both provided an opportunity for wide ranging discussions around how digital technologies and online communications platforms can be used to improve health.

When organizing this year’s session, we wanted to build on the momentum of the past two years and are once again bringing together e-patient advocates, healthcare professionals, caregivers, nurses, physicians and manufacturers to share insights and best practices, and to discuss how digital approaches and social media can be better used to improve health outcomes.

The following are some short descriptions of what these sessions will cover this year, as well as some of the confirmed speakers:

Session 1: How established organizations can better support and work with online patient advocates to support their communities. 

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September 29th, 2011

Partnering to Help People Improve Eye Health

From Gary Esterow, Senior Director, Public Relations,  VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

 

Research shows that many people think that seeing well translates to good eye health.  As a result, they often don’t see an eye care professional regularly or take the necessary steps to protect their eyes.  To address this issue, in June, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. launched Healthy VisionTM with Dr. Val Jones, a Blog Talk Radio program devoted to educating and improving people’s eye health.  Dr. Val, who hosts the show, is the, CEO of Better Health, LLC, a network of popular health bloggers.  She also writes the well-known “Dr. Val and the Voice of Reason” blog, which won The Best New Medical Blog award in 2007.  Dr. Jones, (who, in the interest of full disclosure, is a paid consultant for VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.) says that even health care professionals have a lot to learn when it comes to eye health, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Val about what we’re doing.

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From Dr. Val Jones:

I love being a doctor primarily because there’s never a dull moment in medicine.

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September 26th, 2011

Advancing Health and Well-Being Around the Globe

 

Last week, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon and other senior leaders participated in meetings at the United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative designed to address some of the world’s most  complicated issues that are too large and complex for any one single entity to solve, ranging from poverty to hunger to global health.  Johnson & Johnson has been working with the UN on these goals since we responded to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action last year, and this year we reported on our significant progress against those commitments.

Today, our Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon shared the following letter with all Johnson & Johnson employees worldwide.  I wanted to share with you what he wrote:

 

To:  The Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
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Last week, members of our Executive Committee and others at Johnson & Johnson joined meetings at the United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative, where some of the world’s toughest global health problems were discussed.

Listening to plans for improving health around the world and reporting on our Company’s commitments to this goal really drove home for me the role we play as a global health care company and the difference all of you make in so many people’s lives.

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September 22nd, 2011

Some Thoughts on Achieving our Responsibility to the Community Through Minority-owned Businesses

 

From Hans Melotte, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson

One of the ways my colleagues and I across the Procurement function contribute to fulfilling Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility to communities is with a growing focus on supplier diversity. Working with minority- and women-owned businesses reflects who we are as an organization, enriches our communities and builds economic capacity through job and wealth creation.

At Johnson & Johnson, Hispanic-owned businesses and other diverse enterprises are an important part of our supplier network.  Our relationships with these minority-owned businesses reinforce our ties to a diverse consumer base of patients, doctors, nurses, employees and others.  In supporting the growth and increased capacity of Hispanic- and other minority-owned enterprises, we help our communities strive economically.  The proof is in the numbers.  In the past five years, despite a troubled economy, Hispanic-owned businesses have experienced a growth rate of 114% and have generated nearly $400 billion in annual revenue in the U.S.

Earlier this week, we were honored to be acknowledged by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with their 2011 Corporation of the Year Award.  The award recognizes companies that are committed to integrating Hispanic-owned businesses into their sourcing and procurement processes. 

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September 20th, 2011

Harnessing Mobile Technology to Communicate About Noncommunicable Disease

 

On Monday, the United Nations kicked off a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD), during which governments, organizations, industry and others convened to discuss solutions to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other conditions — commonly referred to as NCDs.

The toll these diseases take is staggering, According to the World Health Organization, NCDs represent approximately 60% of the global burden of disease, and nearly half of all deaths, with a projected cost of treatment over the next two decades estimated at $47 trillion. Further, nearly 80% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

Behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are among the factors contributing to the rise in NCDs. In developing counties where NCDs are the most prevalent, systemic factors — such as lack of access to effective health care, limited access to critical, actionable health information, and shortages of skilled health workers – create even more challenges to finding effective approaches to improving health.

Connecting with community-based organizations, participating in multi-sectoral partnerships, seeking ways to build health care capacity and leveraging innovative technology are among the approaches that Johnson & Johnson takes to address the threat of NCDs.

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September 19th, 2011

Our Participation in This Year’s Millennium Development Goals Week

From Patrick McCrummen, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship

In my role in corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, I have the great fortune to hear many powerful stories of people who, through their own struggles and self-empowerment, have emerged to eliminate those same barriers for others.  Last week, I heard the story of Kakenya Ntaiya, a native of Kenya, who told of breaking through the cultural barriers in her community to become the first woman in her village to attend university.   She went on to build the first school for girls in her village.

Kakenya’s inspiring story was one of several told as part of a panel session organized by the UN Populations Agency and held at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., one of the first events in a series of important global meetings on health and economic progress over the next two weeks.  At these events, Johnson & Johnson will report on the status of the commitments we made last year in support of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) devoted to the health of women and children worldwide.

Last September, as part of the UN’s Every Woman, Every Child Campaign, we committed to help enhance the health of as many as 120 million women and children in need each year in developing countries by 2015. 

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September 9th, 2011

Remembering September 11

This weekend will mark a somber and tragic event in American – and indeed global –  history as we memorialize  the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.  Today, Our Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon shared the following message with Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees in the United States to recognize the events of 9/11, which touched many of our employees and their families, friends, colleagues, loved ones, neighbors and community partners.  As we prepare to remember the anniversary of this tragedy, I wanted to share with you what Mr. Weldon wrote:

 

To: U.S. Based Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
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September 9, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic and unspeakable events of September 11, 2001.  As hard as it is for me to believe that 10 years have passed since that day, I hope you will join me in taking a little time to reflect and remember, even as we go about the important work that lies in front of us.

The events of 9/11 touched us in ways both profound and striking. Some of our colleagues lost loved ones, while others lost close friends and neighbors.  None of us was untouched.

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August 16th, 2011

Johnson & Johnson – A View on the Facebook Policy Change

There‘s been a good deal written on-line the last few days about changes to Facebook’s policy on commenting practices and how those changes are affecting pages associated with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. (See San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post stories). 

 As you know, Johnson & Johnson is a widely decentralized business with more than 250 companies around the world in consumer health care products, medical devices and diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals.  We have at least 60 Facebook pages associated with our businesses and brands, and the vast majority of our pages were not impacted by the Facebook policy change because they already had commenting enabled. For example, our corporate page has always allowed commenting (https://www.facebook.com/jnj) and has a clear policy on how we manage our page and comments (see Info and Description).

 That being said, Facebook’s new policy has impacted a few group pages across our businesses, primarily a few unbranded pharmaceutical pages about certain disease states noted in the media.  In these cases, decisions to close communities were difficult, but necessary, and they were communicated to those pages’ followers.  The new policy altered functionality in ways that changed the ability to sponsor some pages due to regulatory, legal and other considerations.

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August 16th, 2011

Making an Impact With mothers2mothers at BlogHer

By Robin Smalley, Co-Founder/International Director of mothers2mothers International

“Mom it Forward”, “It Ain’t Easy Being Cheesy”, “Hey Whats for dinner Mom?”, “The Succulent Wife”, “The Curvy Fashionista.”  How could anyone not want to meet the moms behind these blogs?  Thanks to Johnson & Johnson, I had that opportunity on August 5th – 6th at the BlogHer Conference in San Diego.

What an experience it was!  A relative newcomer to the Blogosphere, I was invited by Johnson & Johnson as part of their effort to enlighten both experienced and novice bloggers to the power of social media for social good.  As a co-founder of mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organization that educates pregnant women living with HIV about how to keep themselves healthy and what steps they can take to have a healthy HIV-free baby, I was as passionate as my Johnson & Johnson partners to encourage the 3000 attendees to realize the global good they could accomplish amongst their hundreds of thousands of followers.

My story is simple.  mothers2mothers works to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a simple and effective way.  We educate, employ, and empower mothers living with HIV to keep themselves and their children healthy.  “Mentor Mothers” — women living with HIV — work alongside doctors and nurses to offer critical information and support to other women.  

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