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.
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.