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February 8th, 2011

Happy Birthday — Text4Baby Turns One!!!

By Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson

As a mother, I have always been proud of our work to better the health of women and children around the world. Over the past 2 years, I had the opportunity to be deeply involved with text4baby, an initiative designed to deliver healthy pregnancy information to under resourced expectant mothers.

The idea was simple: leverage the reach of mobile phones to deliver important health information to new and expecting moms. The concept of text4baby was born at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and quickly became a reality through an innovative platform from Voxiva, the essential backing of CTIA—The Wireless Foundation and the passionate support of the healthcare community across the country.

As David Borstein explained in a piece on today’s online version of the New York Times, helping to raise text4baby has been quite a journey. From the White House to public health clinics across the country, more than 400 partners adopted text4baby as their own. As the founding sponsor of text4baby, Johnson & Johnson salutes the efforts of every partner who helped text4baby reach more than 126,000 moms in just one year. I’ve seen their efforts firsthand at the grassroots level and they are truly moving.

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July 16th, 2010

Preventing HIV Transmission in Newborns

From Anu Gupta, M.D., Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

As I pulled out my suitcase to pack for the upcoming International AIDS Society conference in Vienna, Austria, I was reminded of the last time I used it. A month ago, I had traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Global Health Council Award Dinner. While I had been to the dinner before, this was a very special year because I had nominated mothers2mothers (m2m) for an award and they had won! 

As I sat with m2m founder Dr. Mitch Besser at the VIP table with luminaries in global health, I recalled my last visit to m2m in October 2006 to open a series of new sites in East London, South Africa, where Johnson & Johnson has had a manufacturing facility for more than 75 years. The mentor mothers I met on that trip, their stories, their songs and their struggles have stayed with me. 

It was no surprise to me that when Mitch went to the podium to accept the award, his speech was all about the mothers – the mentor mothers, all HIV-positive, who had recently delivered and gone through the process of taking antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and the pregnant women, also all HIV-positive, whom the mentor mothers were actively empowering through words and by example to have healthy children and live healthier lives. 

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July 1st, 2010

Collaboration is Key to Maternal and Newborn Health

From Paul Stoffels, Global Head, Pharmaceuticals Research & Development

Last week I was privileged to represent Johnson & Johnson at the Pacific Health Summit (PHS) – an annual gathering that convenes nearly 250 leaders in science, policy and industry to focus on issues of critical importance to global health. It is a unique event that connects decision makers to spark solutions in the quest for a healthier world.

This year’s theme was Maternal and Newborn Health. The idea is that caring for mothers and providing opportunities for better prenatal, newborn and childhood care can lead to a healthier, more productive world.

For many of us in the developed world, access to maternal and child care is a given. But for many mothers and children around the world, that’s not the case. According to a recent report, globally, 8.8 million children a year die before their fifth birthday, more than 40 percent of them during their first four weeks of life. At least two-thirds of all child deaths are preventable.

No theme could be more aligned with the work and values of Johnson & Johnson. Women and children have been at the heart of our core business for nearly 125 years.

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March 28th, 2009

Turn Off, Take Action

By Mark Krajnak, Manager, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson


Most people have heard about Earth Day, which was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 (a mere three days before I was born, in fact.), and will celebrated again in just a few weeks.

But how many people know about Earth Hour, a new global initiative is taking place today? Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour will take place at 8:30 p.m. your local time and encourages people to turn off their lights which organizers hope to capture as a vote that signals support for governments to take action against global warming.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. Last year, there was a more of a global groundswell and in 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote.

Hearing that Johnson & Johnson intends to support this initiative as well
(by simply turning out all non-essential lighting for one hour at our offices and facilities) my family decided that we too are going to take part in this initiative.

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March 20th, 2008

Learning to be a good patient

We tend to talk a lot about the rise of “consumerism” in health care today. People are taking more control over their personal health through on-line research, questioning of their physicians, information sharing with friends, and an increasing interest in wellness. Consumers are increasingly taking more command of their health and treatments.

One obstacle to consumerism is people’s own willingness and understanding of how they can best participate in their own health care. Health care blogger Dr. Rob offers some very interesting thoughts on what it “how to be a good patient” nowadays.
It’s especially helpful if you’re like me and have been raised by parents who think being a good patient means “just doing what the doctor tells you.” Enjoy.

(hat tip to Kevin, M.D. for this one).

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March 2nd, 2008

Going to California

By Marc

I’m lighting out for the territory on Monday for the Health 2.0 meeting in San Diego — and will hopefully arrive in time to join the reception we are hosting that evening.

I’m excited about the event, which will provide yet another opportunity to discuss how new online tools and approaches can be applied to healthcare. It’s pretty timely as last week Google unveiled its own offering to help people manage their personal health data and information. With it, they join Microsoft, who last year launched its Healthvault platform.

Despite the promise of these approaches, according to the WSJ, they both seem to face an uphill battle:

So far, consumers have been slow to make use of services that allow them to set up personal
health records, partly because of concerns about online privacy. Limiting the usefulness of these services, only a small percentage — 14% — of U.S. medical practices keep records electronically, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS is targeting 50% adoption by medical practitioners by 2014.

Once again, the question seems to be, if you build it, will they come? What’s intriguing about this week’s meeting is that Matthew and Indu hope to get users — patients and physicians — on stage to talk about what they are looking for from these tools.

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November 21st, 2007

So… what’s with the ear horn?

Since I started blogging in June, I’ve been learning a lot about the art of conversation. While I’ve been trying to find my voice to offer perspective on stories, I’m also hearing a lot from people who either agree with or disagree with me. I often feel like I’ve just crashed a cocktail party — as I barge into some fascinating conversations that have been going on for a while without me, I sometimes find that I not only have something to add but can also leave with some useful nugget from that conversation to use elsewhere.

I’m not alone — and talking to my historian colleague Margaret, I get the impression that this really isn’t all that new. When Johnson & Johnson started back in 1886, conversations occurred all the time between the company, its customers and the community. We’ve both found that blogs can be a way for us to go back to the future to reengage with people and hear what we’ve been missing. And I’m delighted to have been joined by some of my colleagues at Johnson & Johnson in more recent postings on JNJBTW.

Alas. Though we’re trying, we still have to get better at listening.

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September 25th, 2007

Sharing the Learning Curve

I have only been a part of Johnson & Johnson since the beginning of the year, and so I get questions from my friends and family all the time about what it is like now to be working at Johnson & Johnson, “the baby company.” This question is usually followed by a request for baby lotions, beauty products or Band-Aid Brand adhesive bandages.

It can be a steep learning curve coming into Johnson & Johnson and getting up to speed on its many businesses, but as I learn things I hope to share some of my observations with you. I want to provide a voice on JNJBTW that brings a bit of an “outsider’s” perspective.

Johnson & Johnson is no different than most companies in the fact it faces sizable business challenges every day. For example, as a health care company with a pharmaceuticals business, we have to deal with how to replace significant revenues from drugs that will be going off patent and how to handle unprecedented reimbursement challenges for drugs like erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (speaking of my learning curve…).

There is a healthy curiosity and a natural skepticism in the marketplace about how companies, including Johnson & Johnson, can overcome such challenges.

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May 19th, 2016

Unique Device Identification: The New Technology That Could Save Lives

By Tom Jones, Director End-to-End of Traceability and Unique Device Identification (UDI) Program Director for Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain


Most people today are familiar with barcodes. They can be found on almost any item you purchase from a retail store: gum, fruit, ice cream, shoes, clothing—the list is endless.

Barcodes are valuable because they provide a way to identify a product electronically. We can thank barcodes for getting us through the grocery checkout line faster, since they provide key information on store inventory, pricing and other details with just a swipe of a scanner.

When it comes to medical devices, using unique barcodes for identification is fairly new. Several years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the potential risks of not being able to accurately identify each medical device out in the world because there are tens of thousands of versions and different models on the market today.

Let’s say you or someone you know has a knee or hip replacement. You want to be assured that the device the hospital ordered is the exact one prescribed for your procedure and captured in your medical records.

With the recent implementation of Unique Device Identification (UDI), you can be even more confident that the product you are receiving is the right one.

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May 18th, 2016

How the Global Fund for Women Technology Initiative Can Help Empower Women Worldwide

By Lauren Moore, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship

Women Technology Initiative

Photo credit: Global Fund for Women

This week I am surrounded by thousands of advocates, policymakers, donors, heads of state, NGOs, health practitioners and young agents of change at the Women Deliver 2016 conference in Copenhagen.

It’s a privilege to be here with people from around the world, all to discuss one thing: how to work together to push for new and ambitious commitments toward improving the lives of girls and women.

Having spent the last six years of my career at eBay, in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’ve seen firsthand how digital technologies can have a strong impact on people in the farthest corners of the world. Greater connectivity can foster learning, increase economic growth and provide life-changing information for women and girls that can promote their health, education and wellbeing.

As mobile phone networks proliferate and cover even more areas around the world, we have the chance to affect the lives of people who need the help most, creating big changes in how women learn, access health information, make cash payments, cultivate local agriculture and even participate in government.

Bolstering the Health of Women Through Technology

Innovation is at Johnson & Johnson’s core.

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