January 2nd, 2013

Ten Days in Kenya: A Johnson & Johnson Employee Gives Back

Happy New Year to our blog readers!  We’re kicking off 2013 by sharing a story about one of our employees, Melissa Katz, and her journey to Kenya to volunteer with the WISER school for girls.

Here’s what Melissa has to say:

The people who work at Johnson & Johnson are a special breed. We take our responsibilities seriously. “We have a responsibility to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well.” These are not just words on a page. We live it. We offer days off for volunteerism for employees to contribute to their community. Where and for what cause we volunteer is up to us.

Dr. Sherryl Broverman from Duke University tells us that if you want to end poverty, prevent disease, end hunger there is a one-size-fits-all solution:  Educate a girl.  I am a well educated woman. It wasn’t even a question that I would go to school past age 13 and then go to college. That is far from the situation in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Melissa will be blogging about her journey at www.educateagirl.blogspot.com. We hope you’ll follow along.

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December 20th, 2012

mHealth Summit 2012

by Susan Rucci, Johnson & Johnson NYU Global Fellow

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Johnson & Johnson team at the 4th annual mHealth Summit 2012 in Washington, D.C.  Johnson & Johnson was a sponsor of the summit which highlighted emerging best practices for mobile health research and implementation.  To me, the conference was an indication of a health care renaissance around mobile health technology that is leading to smarter ways of educating, treating and preventing diseases.  It was also a great way for Johnson & Johnson to demonstrate our commitment to helping people around the world live longer, healthier, happier lives.

We believe in the potential of mobile technology to revolutionize the delivery of health information and healthcare and we were proud to showcase several of our mHealth innovations and partnerships that are making that potential a new reality for millions of people around the world.

Here are a few examples:


Conference attendees got a chance to try out our newly launched Johnson & Johnson Digital Health Scorecard. heath_care_information

The scorecard is like a credit score for your health.  It asks seven simple questions about health measures and habits and delivers a single number (based out of 100.)  The number indicates where you currently stand and what you can do to lessen the long term risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 

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November 21st, 2012

JNJ Spends Thanksgiving by Giving Back

by Patrick McCrummen, Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson

On Thursday, many people in the U.S. will give collective thanks over a shared meal with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.  Yet, for many people along the U.S. eastern seaboard, struggles remain to return to normal after one of the most devastating hurricanes ever to hit the region. After witnessing the worst of Mother Nature, the best of humankind has come together, helping neighbors and communities get back on their feet.

New Jersey residents were particularly hard hit by this ferocious storm.  More than 13,800 of our employees live and work in this state – where our company has called home for more than 125 years.  For the many who were impacted, the Johnson & Johnson legacy of helping people recover from disaster became very personal.

In the critical days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy, Johnson & Johnson has been working with our key disaster response partners to get product and financial assistance to people in need in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Thousands of our hygiene kits, first aid items and Johnson® Baby Care kits were distributed to emergency shelters and aid distribution centers by AmeriCares, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Direct Relief International, Heart to Heart International, Inc.

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November 13th, 2012

Life for a Child: A Year in the Life of a Contribution.

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies made an announcement yesterday about a commitment from LifeScan, Inc.to supply one million test strips and encourage support for International Diabetes Federation’s “Life for a Child”  program.

Following is a blog post from Charles Renfroe, Director of Diabetes Advocacy & Alliances, Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies, about the program.






On Wednesday, November 14, the world commemorates World Diabetes Day on the birthday of Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin more than 90 years ago. While a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) continues to elude us for the time being, no one denies that technological advances since the discovery of insulin in 1921 have saved countless lives and made life better and easier for those who not only survive, but thrive with T1D. While research and development continue to bring life-saving technologies and medicines to market, the importance of making essential medicines, especially insulin, widely available to those who need them around the world, cannot be underestimated.

Thousands of children in the developing world are suffering and facing death because they do not have access to treatment. One small but growing program of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is working tirelessly to save the children of the world who are living with T1D. 

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November 6th, 2012

Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

by Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson extends our heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We have been deeply committed to the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York region for more than 125 years.  And today, we remain focused and united in helping people and communities stabilize and return to normal in the aftermath of this unprecedented natural disaster.

Following are some examples of the ways we’re helping care for our customers, our communities and our employees:

Supporting our customers

Against difficult odds, employees throughout North America have been working to ensure that our customers have the products they need. Whether they are in distribution centers or the field, Johnson & Johnson employees have worked tirelessly to supply hospitals, pharmacies and retailers with what their patients and customers need.

We continue to assess potential customer needs for all of our products — medicines, medical devices, consumer healthcare, first aid, etc.  — and address contingencies to ensure that customers and patient needs are being met in the affected areas and across our global supply chain.

At this point, we have not experienced any supply interruptions and our medical products continue to flow to the customers, patients and health care facilities that need them.

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November 2nd, 2012

LATISM ’12 – Muy Bueno!

We’re back from Houston, y’all!  Last week, we spent two fun and rewarding days at the LATISM ’12 conference in Houston, TX.  We were delighted to return as a sponsor of this conference, and as always, we received a warm and wonderful welcome from the attendees and leaders.  There is a special vibe at LATISM and we are honored to be part of la familia.

Bloggers and visitors, including Jeannette Kaplun (center) learned about our products, our philanthropic programs, and our partners such as Save the Children, Pro Mujer and Text4Baby.

This year, our theme at the conference was about using social media for social good – specifically to support global motherhood.  After arriving in Houston, we started setting up our suite, where attendees came to learn about our philanthropic work to help mothers and babies around the world.  Visitors could view photos in our gallery and read about many of our projects, as well as talk to our partners, Save the Children, Pro Mujer and Text4Baby about their programs.  We also invited visitors to share stories about what inspires them to care and to add a piece to our JOHNSON’S® Baby lotion puzzle.  The comments we received were touching and heartfelt, with many visitors sharing emotional stories and telling us how much they learned about Johnson & Johnson’s work.

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October 29th, 2012

World Psoriasis Day – Celebrating Big Strides in Innovation and Science

By Dan Baker, MD, VP, Immunology Therapeutic Area, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Today is World Psoriasis Day, an important date established to raise the profile and reduce the stigma that surrounds psoriasis. This day is truly global in its reach — created by, and dedicated to, the 125 million people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis around the world.

Psoriasis is characterized by red, scaly and often itchy patches on the skin. Symptoms can range from mild — a few patches in select areas — to severe, with plaques covering more than 10 percent of the body.

Psoriasis is the most common immune-mediated skin disorder in the world, affecting nearly three percent of the world’s population. But despite the disease’s widespread impact, psoriasis is often misunderstood, and people affected sometimes face public humiliation as a result of their symptoms. Though it is often characterized as a ‘skin condition,’ psoriasis is much more than that – it is an inflammatory disease resulting in increased risk of other severe conditions and even increased morbidity.

That’s why at Janssen, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of people living with psoriasis through ongoing research and bringing forward new treatment options.

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October 23rd, 2012

Introducing the Healthy Project

From Dr. Jack Groppel, Ph.D., co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, and Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training at Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.


Today I joined a number of my colleagues at Johnson & Johnson and some of our partner organizations in New York City to introduce The Healthy Project.  What’s The Healthy Project?  It’s a movement to demonstrate how anyone, anywhere can make a change for themselves, their neighbors, their family or their community to become and stay healthy.

The world has become increasingly unhealthy.  Sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and stress are all contributing factors to this change, and it’s compounded by anxiety and limited access to basic health information, so that the solutions frequently overwhelm rather than inspire.  The result is that people have stopped listening and taking action to improve their health.  The Healthy Project is a way to help change that.

One of those changes will be accomplished by activating healthy communities – through programs like the Johnson & Johnson Gateway to a Healthy Community ™ – Healthier Kids program, a community partnership to get children moving to help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity in our cities.  The second way is by activating healthy personal empowerment through digital platforms that provide health information and remind people about doctor visits, taking medication and more. 

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October 18th, 2012

We Got Mail! … About Sustainable Palm Oil?

Leaves of Gratitude

By Paulette Frank, Vice President of Sustainability and EH&S, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Remember when you were little, and how excited you felt when a piece of mail arrived and it was actually for you? And the bigger the envelope, the more exciting it was? Every once in awhile, a piece of mail arrives that brings back that feeling of wonder and excitement. I received a piece of mail like that a few weeks ago, at my office.

It was a big, yellow envelope from the Philadelphia Zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo sent us mail?! Inside the package, there was a cardboard tree and a smaller envelope filled with colorful paper leaves. Each leaf had a message from a child who had visited the zoo and decided to say “thank you” to Johnson & Johnson for caring about orangutans. Caring about orangutans?! What could the Philadelphia Zoo, Johnson & Johnson and orangutans possibly have in common? Turns out, that would be something called palm oil.

At Johnson & Johnson, we use ingredients like soap chips, surfactants, emollients and emulsifiers, that are derived from palm oil in many of our personal care products. And much of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia where orangutans live.

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October 17th, 2012

Johnson & Johnson Successfully Combating Childhood Obesity One Student At A Time

 From Alexis LaScala, Johnson & Johnson Corporate External Relations Team

Recently, I attended a unique event to celebrate and recognize educators from four U.S. cities for their successful implementation of the Johnson & Johnson Gateway to a Healthy Community ™ – Healthier Kids (GHC-HK) program, an innovative effort to help combat childhood obesity. GHC-HK is a core curriculum-based program that emphasizes increasing physical activity in schools in Atlanta, Houston, Newark and Philadelphia. A key component is a proven program called Activity Works (AW) that delivers 12-minute video/audio exercise bursts in classrooms that helps to maximize academic performance and meet state mandates for physical education. Through this program, in just 85 days during the 2011-2012 school year, nearly 28,000 elementary school students in grades K-3 in over 1,100 classrooms in four cities burned more than 61 million calories!

While Johnson & Johnson and the GHC-HK program deserve kudos for leadership and innovation in helping to combat childhood obesity, the stars of the event were the students and the school districts and stakeholders who brought the program to the schools in those four cities.

A highlight of the event I attended at Newark’s Park Elementary School was a live demonstration of more than 100 students who jumped, pushed, pulled, reached and galloped through an AW adventure called Wonders of the World

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