May 15th, 2009

Giving Back Image of the Week

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Theotokos Foundation School for Children with Special Needs
Ilion, Greece

The Theotokos Foundation helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential as they enter school and the workforce. Johnson & Johnson has supported the foundation’s Inclusion and Supported Employment programs.
 
The photographer portrays the way that teacher and student interact, celebrating little successes in the child’s education. Close, personal interaction is key to Theotokos programs.

(Photographer: Charlotte Oestervang, a Johnson & Johnson – International Center of Photography Fellowship recipient)

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May 14th, 2009

Making Sustainability Personal

By Annette Russo, Manager, Communications and Training, Worldwide Environment, Health and Safety

If you read a newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch television, you’ve heard the word “sustainability”. It’s a business buzzword now, on the order of “total quality,” “just in time,” “six sigma” and “ISO.”

Yet while companies are starting to talk more about what they are doing to reduce their impact on the environment and be more active in their communities, you may be asking yourself – “what does this all mean for me?”

Well, many companies (Johnson & Johnson included) are starting to come up with an answer to this question. At my company, we’ve put together something called a “personal sustainability program,” or PSP to help employees understand what sustainability means – and how they can apply it to their lives. The concept was pioneered by Wal-Mart in partnership with Act Now .

Wal-Mart’s program, focused on environmental and health issues, involved training PSP leaders, who returned to their stores, trained other interested employees, and then lead PSP efforts at their stores. Each PSP participant pledged to change an environmental or health aspect of their personal life, and when that change was made, they were recognized.

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May 12th, 2009

Creating a Culture of Health

Earlier today, President Barack Obama invited several employers, including Johnson & Johnson, to the White House to discuss their employee health and wellness programs and the impact they’ve had on the overall health of employees and healthcare costs — and so Chairman and CEO, William Weldon went to Washington to share some of the steps that have been taken at Johnson & Johnson. Now I wasn’t at the event and though I use our onsite gyms and health clinics, I’m no expert on our health and wellness programs — BUT I know someone who is. So I invited our resident expert, Fikry W. Isaac, MD, MPH, executive director of Johnson & Johnson Global Health Services, to share some of his thoughts on these programs.

From Dr. Isaac:

Like most full time employees, I spend more than a third of my waking day at work. When you consider that, it’s easy to see the importance of workplace wellness and the responsibility employers have to help employees lead healthier and more productive lives. This is something Johnson & Johnson has worked to achieve over the last 30 years by fostering what we call “a culture of health” for employees. As a physician and as public health officer, I can’t tell you how rewarding a journey this has been for me.

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May 7th, 2009

Hanging Out In The Tunnel

By Mark Krajnak, Manager, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Communications

Recently, on a warm, sunny, Sunday, I spent a fun time in a tunnel.

Not to mention I was under the Hudson River.

To explain: On April 26, the 23rd Annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge took place. This is a very unique 3.1-mile charity run/walk through the Lincoln Tunnel, from the Jersey side, to the New York side and back. What makes it really unique is that this is the only time pedestrians can run (or walk) through the Lincoln Tunnel.

Presented by AmeriHealth of New Jersey, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, the Lincoln Tunnel Administration, and Coach USA, this annual event benefits Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ). I was there doing some volunteer work for the SONJ. However, I was also happy to find out that a contingent of Johnson & Johnson employees also was there to do the charity run.

This part was all the doing of Michael Rosenmertz, who works in Information Technology for Ethicon, one of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Michael has been organizing participation in this event for about three years now and his team, Team Papa, had 81 participants, young and old alike, and the second-largest team in the field.

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May 6th, 2009

Giving Back Image of the Week

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Ambulatório do Aidético
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ambulatório do Aidético provides medical care, psychological assistance, social help, and supplies of antiretrovirals to HIV-positive, low-income people in Rio de Janeiro. With help from Johnson & Johnson, Ambulatório continues its outpatient care and treatment program for more than 1,500 people, including this family.

(Photographer: Kelly Shimoda, a Johnson & Johnson – International Center of Photography Fellowship recipient)

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April 27th, 2009

Child Safety Hints

As a parent of two kids, I find that much of my “parenting” energy is spent trying to keep them safe. This weekend, for instance, I must have told my 13-year-old about a dozen times to wear a helmet when cycling before he finally put one on. But my it wasn’t always just about wearing protective gear — as my children have grown up, the kind of guidance I’ve provided has changed.

This year (as Sarah Colamarino pointed out in an earlier post) Safe Kids USA issued a safety report that, for the first time ever, provides a road map for parents of different safety hints and suggestions that are age appropriate. The report is divided into different stages of development, and to help bring each section to life, several videos are being placed on the Johnson & Johnson health channel on YouTube. The first covers the first 12 months.

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April 27th, 2009

Keeping Kids Safe

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

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One of the things I enjoy most about my job at Johnson & Johnson is working on programs that make a difference in people’s lives. An initiative that is particularly close to my heart is Safe Kids Worldwide. Over 20 years ago, Johnson & Johnson became the founding sponsor of Safe Kids WW, whose mission is to educate adults and children about how to prevent unintentional injury and death. As a mother of two children, keeping our kids safe has a special meaning for me.

This year, Safe Kids USA has just released the first-ever safety report that makes the connection between the different stages of a child’s development as it relates to unintentional injury. For years, Safe kids has been telling parents how to keep their children safe, but this year’s report highlights exactly when and why those precautions are essential. This report also offers safety tips in five leading injury risk areas: falls, recreational safety, burns and scalds, motor vehicle safety and poisoning.

For a copy of the report, or to view the safety tips according to a child’s age, check out the Safe Kids site.

I hope that you’ll take a moment to review this important information that could help save your own children or grandchildren from harm.

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April 27th, 2009

Giving Back Image of the Week

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Nyumbani Children’s Home

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Johnson & Johnson supports Nyumbani Children’s Home, a center that serves as a home to nearly 100 abandoned or orphaned children with HIV/AIDS. The children, ranging from infants to teenagers, receive holistic care – antiretroviral therapy, psychological, academic, and spiritual support.
 
The photographer uses the focus of the camera to lead the viewer around the image. The sharp focus directs the viewer to the back of the caregiver, who delicately reaches to hold the hands of a young child in her care. The older boy in the background is slightly out of focus, though he is the one facing the viewer. The focus does not obscure the joy and happiness that the child expresses as he runs toward the figures in the foreground.

 

(Photographer: Willie Davis, a Johnson & Johnson – International Center of Photography Fellowship recipient)

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April 23rd, 2009

Annual Meeting Day

After days of cold, rainy weather, this morning the sky over New Brunswick is a rich blue and the sun is shining. As I walked off the New Jersey Transit platform and into our offices to get ready for today’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, I thought to myself how this yearly event always seems to fall on a beautiful April day. But, according to our resident historian and blogger, Margaret Gurowitz, this wasn’t always the case. As she explains in her latest post on Kilmer House:

April usually means warmer weather and spring flowers, but at Johnson & Johnson it means it’s time for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Everyone knows these three things about the meeting: it has always been held on the last Thursday of April, it’s always had a huge turnout and it’s always been held in New Brunswick…right? Well, not exactly.

Margeret goes on to provide a wonderful recap of some little known facts about the Annual Meeting of Shareholders that is well worth checking out.

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