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Frontline Healthcare & Communities

At Johnson & Johnson, we contribute to advancing health and well-being in the communities in which we live and work. Our GCI GCI Global Community Impact organization, through funding from the nonprofit Johnson & Johnson Foundation and other operating companies across Johnson & Johnson business segments and functional organizations, drives programming for our community giving, social impact and other initiatives around the world. In 2021, GCI built on existing work with expanded and new programs.

Health for Humanity 2025 Goals | Global Health Equity

Support Frontline Health Workers (by 2030)
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Progress: Reached more than 731,000 nurses, midwives and community health workers.

Johnson & Johnson’s Center for Health Worker Innovation

Established in 2019 and equipped with a $250 million, 10-year commitment from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, the Center for Health Worker Innovation carries forward our longstanding focus on frontline health workers as essential to solving all health challenges. The Center is committed to supporting one million frontline health workers, specifically nurses, midwives and community health workers, projected to reach 100 million people by 2030. In 2021, with an additional $50 million commitment toward our COVID-19 response, the Center worked with partners around the globe to help build resilient, community-based health systems while adapting and responding to the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, our Center for Health Worker Innovation advanced several initiatives, including:

Partnering for collective impact: The Center for Health Worker Innovation supported the launch of the Kenya Community Health Strategy, a multistakeholder coalition to strengthen community health led by the Kenyan Ministry of Health. The strategy aims to formally integrate community health workers into the health system. This strategy co-creation model was also launched in South Africa with the national Ministry of Health to help transform the health system by supporting community health workers with accredited training, advancing a digital health system and updating government policy.

Helping health workers manage stress: To support health workers in managing stress, exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Health Worker Innovation launched The Resilience Collaborative, a global learning community connecting more than 400 people from 200 organizations across 34 countries to advance learning and drive adoption of evidence-based strategies for health worker resilience, particularly in low-resource settings. The Collaborative's Toolkit and other resources have been accessed by more than 100 organizations.

Harnessing digital health: The Center for Health Worker Innovation supported the digital training of hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers on COVID-19 response and vaccination through a range of partners, including the Western Catholic Educational Association, Reach52, VillageReach, and UNICEF. Additionally, content developed by UNICEF, the COVID-19 Digital Classroom Consortium and WHO WHO World Health Organization was adapted for different mobile-first channels and made freely available for use by organizations around the world. We also supported other digital initiatives that provided real-time alerts, vaccine registrations and other tools, reaching millions of people globally.

Building community health worker capability in China: More than 180 million elderly people suffer from one or more chronic diseases in China, accounting for 75% of this population.29 In October 2021, the Center for Health Worker Innovation partnered with China Primary Health Care Foundation to launch the Community Health Worker Capability Building for Elderly Common Disease program in China. The program aims to help community health workers improve their capability to manage common diseases among the elderly and improve the quality of public health service. The program has committed to train 4,000 community health workers and benefit 400,000 residents in communities or villages each year for five consecutive years. The project will initially focus on disease management of cataract and atrial fibrillation, two common chronic diseases in the elderly. In addition, the program will carry out nationwide health communication campaigns to enhance the public’s awareness of prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases among the elderly.

Boosting resilient community-based health systems: As part of our advocacy work to support frontline health workers and build resilient community-based health systems, we progressed several collaborative initiatives, including:

  • Partnered with Women in Global Health to create the Fit for Women—Safe and Decent PPE PPE Personal protective equipment for Women Health and Care Workers Report, a global research report to document the challenges frontline women health workers faced during COVID-19, as most medical PPE are not designed for women’s bodies;
  • Collaborated with global sustainability nonprofit Forum for the Future to create a report covering resilient community health systems of the future, including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Contributed to the publication of the “State of the World Midwifery Report 2021” and Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care e-learning modules;
  • Commissioned the first-ever mobile, modular museum, Micro Museum of Care, that explores caring for one another told through the stories of frontline health workers. The Museum of Care will reside first in the New York City public library system through spring 2022; and
  • Collaborated with the Financial Times (FT) and our partners to produce a series of articles that explore and build awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the global health workforce through stories of individual health workers based in different parts of the world and their real-life experiences. The Center also supported the development of an FT special report, Delivering Healthcare, looking at challenges facing the world’s health systems and how to solve them.

Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for more than 125 years because we believe nurses are the backbone, lifeblood and heart of health systems worldwide. In 2021, we continued our advocacy and investment in the nursing profession in the following ways:

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for Nurses (CVF4N) digital campaign: To help nurses educate themselves and prepare them to inform and counsel their patients and the communities they serve, we provided support to the American Nurses Association (ANA) to launch CVF4N. The campaign was developed in collaboration with 22 nursing organizations to identify evolving questions about COVID-19 vaccinations and provide culturally relevant, critical information and expert perspectives about the safety, efficacy and importance of vaccines. The campaign included webinars, town hall meetings, videos, infographics and diverse social media content, and a website. Nurses across the country engaged widely with the campaign and at its conclusion at the end of 2021, an ANA survey indicated that nurses’ confidence in vaccine safety and effectiveness had risen to 75% over the course of the year.30

Accelerating nursing, transforming healthcare research: Johnson & Johnson partnered with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the ANA to conduct a large-scale research study examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nursing workforce as a way to extract key learning, spotlight exemplars and help chart a progressive path forward for the nursing profession. This work led to the publication of four papers in July 2021, a webinar and conference presentations. While the adverse impacts of the pandemic on nurses is well documented, we found that the urgency of the pandemic removed longstanding barriers for the profession, enabling nurses to step up and lead in new roles and innovate in new settings, indicating clear opportunities for nurses to continue to help transform healthcare in new ways in the future.

Another channel through which we aim to help transform healthcare in our communities is Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures, a Johnson & Johnson Foundation initiative to develop a global portfolio of impact startups and social ventures, with a focus on low-income and diverse communities. In October 2021, Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures announced a $50 million investment from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation to be allocated to innovative financing for health impact entrepreneurs to improve healthcare in communities around the world. To date, Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures portfolio companies have reached 1.8 million lives.31

Our Giving & Partnerships

At Johnson & Johnson, we use our scale and resources for good, contributing to many causes around the world to help advance health and improve people’s lives by providing funding, products, nonprofit support and engaging our employees in volunteer efforts in our communities. Our giving is primarily executed through the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, a registered charitable organization that is funded solely by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. The Foundation operates worldwide as Johnson & Johnson Foundation (founded 1953) and Johnson & Johnson Foundation Scotland (founded 2007). These independent entities support both global and in-country partnerships and initiatives, opportunities for employee engagement, and disaster response activities managed by the GCI GCI Global Community Impact organization at Johnson & Johnson, including the Center for Health Worker Innovation, Our Race to Health Equity platform and Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures.

We maintain several global partnerships and platforms that advance healthcare and the quality of life for patients, consumers and communities. We continue to engage with the following organizations:

  • UNICEF, a 30-year partnership to strengthen health systems in 20 countries and territories;
  • Save the Children, a longstanding partnership supporting a range of programs such as newborn survival, support for refugees, response to humanitarian crises and joint advocacy;
  • Johnson & Johnson One Young World Program, a partnership since 2013 to provide young leaders in healthcare with opportunities to contribute to solving health issues; and
  • Global Citizen, a partnership since 2016 to address public health challenges through this social action platform.

Our Giving


In the U.S., we also support independent initiatives by donating medicines and funding to the Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (JJPAF), an independent nonprofit committed to helping eligible patients without insurance coverage receive prescription products donated by Johnson & Johnson operating companies.

Disaster Preparedness & Relief

We continue to work with trusted partners, including Americares, Heart to Heart International, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, MAP International, MedShare and International Health Partners, on the front lines of care by coordinating product donations and supporting programs that help communities recover, rebuild and become resilient. In the immediate aftermath of major disasters, our response includes providing essential Pharmaceutical, MedTech and Consumer Health products as well as monetary donations and other support.32

$6.69 million
worth of Johnson & Johnson product provided to communities impacted by natural disasters around the world.
$0.29 million
allocated in support for the immediate, mid- and long-term response, as well as readiness, to natural disasters around the world.

In 2021, we supported communities impacted by disaster, in addition to our continued support for regions affected by new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include:

  • Winter storm in Texas: Winter storm Uri in February 2021 caused blackouts for more than 5.2 million homes and businesses in Texas resulting in hundreds of fatalities. We provided funding to the H-E-B Spirit of Giving Fund to support those without power with food, water and cleaning supplies.
  • Earthquake in Haiti: Thousands of people lost their lives and many more were injured in the earthquake that struck the Southwestern part of Haiti in August. Johnson & Johnson donated 5.4 million doses of VERMOX, our medicine for intestinal worms, and three DePuy Synthes small fragment fracture sets for long bone fracture management to help Haitians in need access essential supplies and medicines and respond to the acute surgical needs of those injured in the disaster.
  • Hurricanes in the U.S. and Mexico: We continued our support for Medical Brigades that were active in recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Grace in Mexico and supported AIDS AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome United in its efforts with vulnerable populations following the havoc wreaked in the U.S. by Hurricane Ida.
  • Western Kentucky tornado: Johnson & Johnson provided key partners working on the ground with mobile medical units and other facilities for healthcare providers to help communities recover from the violent Western Kentucky tornado.
  • Wildfires in Turkey: In the aftermath of raging fires affecting more than 47 provinces and destroying 160,000 hectares of forest areas in Turkey, we provided support to local communities and donated 20,000 saplings to the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion to be planted in the impacted region.
  • Flooding in Brazil and Europe: In Brazil, we partnered with the Brazilian Red Cross to provide first aid, food and psychosocial support to those impacted by heavy flooding, affecting dozens of cities across the country. In Europe, we donated funds to the German Red Cross for disaster relief efforts and sent Consumer Health hygiene products to the disaster areas.
When disaster strikes our communities around the world, we invite Johnson & Johnson employees to make personal donations, which are matched on a two-for-one basis by Johnson & Johnson to triple the impact in helping affected populations.
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