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United in Defeating COVID-19

Supporting the Front Lines of Care

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At no other time in our history have frontline health workers been more prominent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their importance was no revelation for Johnson & Johnson: we have consistently acknowledged, recognized and supported health workers since the 1800s, appreciating their contribution to improving access, adherence and providing multiple services for patients.

Our Center for Health Worker Innovation, launched in 2019, catalyzes our efforts to build a thriving health workforce and is underpinned by a $250 million, 10-year commitment by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation to support one million nurses, midwives and community health workers reaching 100 million patients by 2030, as reflected in our Health for Humanity 2025 Goals.

The Center for Health Worker Innovation is delivering a global portfolio of programs in regions with the highest community health burdens and frontline health worker gaps. In March 2020, we added a further $50 million to this budget to support frontline health workers battling COVID-19, with a focus on the safety, well-being and resilience of health workers while helping to improve the quality and availability of digital tools to further empower their work. The Center supported the front lines of healthcare in 2020 in a range of ways working with multiple partners across the globe.

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Donating resources
Partnering to donate PPE for health workers, training, technology, and other immediate support for communities

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Strengthening health systems
Supporting coalitions that strengthen the health system response and protect frontline health workers

Deploying digital health technologies

Building connected health systems by making mobile technology accessible, supporting real-time information technology and using digital platforms to help educate health workers
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Working with organizations, in partnership with the World Health Organization and national governments, to use mobile technologies to encourage healthy behavior and support patient monitoring and real-time updates for communities and health workers. Organizations include:
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Helping educate health workers at scale and providing updates in response to changing needs and health worker feedback. Collaborations include:
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Investing in software and program tools that scale up digital technologies for disease surveillance, contact tracing, case management and referral. These tools help community health workers achieve maximum safety and efficiency in their work. Developers include:

Supporting the resilience of frontline health workers

Providing mental health and psychosocial support for health workers in overwhelming need
Co-creating evidence-based resources to support health worker resilience, working with Harvard T.H. Chan School of PublicHealth, Thrive Global, and the CAA Foundation.
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Supporting individual health workers experiencing emotional and mental distress through community-based outreach programs in several countries with organizations such as:

Raising awareness and support

Leveraging the power of social media to raise awareness and garner support for frontline health workers
Through the first half of 2020, in collaboration with the American Nurses Association (ANA), we aired our “SEE YOU NOW COVID-19: The Nurse Response” podcast series, shining a light on the challenges and experiences of nurses through the pandemic.
Our #BacktheFrontline campaign on social media generated thousands of messages in support of our frontline healthcare professionals, raising awareness for specific needs and encouraging donations and engagement.

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