10 ways Johnson & Johnson is on a mission to advance health for all people—everywhere
In recognition of World Health Day on April 7, company leaders explain what #HealthForAll means to them—and how that commitment shapes everything they do on the job.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t list this as one very important key to a happy life. But the reality is that many people around the world don’t have access to the kind of reliable, affordable healthcare that enables children, families and communities to thrive—and countries to prosper.
Now here’s a thought: What if you worked at a company that had 130,000-plus employees, in practically every corner of the globe, who all shared the same mission: finding ways to help people have good health.
It’s not that far-fetched an idea when you work at Johnson & Johnson.
In honor of that mission—and #HealthForAll, the theme of this year’s World Health Day—we tapped top thinkers across the company to answer one question: “How are you committed to advancing better health for all people, everywhere?”
Their responses reveal just how many different forms that pledge can take when 130,000-plus employees are all working toward the same goal.
#HealthForAll … By Creating People-Focused Solutions
Take Health Partner—a digital platform designed to help patients prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for surgery by connecting them with their healthcare team to ensure customized, real-time care, so we can get people back to living their lives.”
#HealthForAll … By Targeting Unmet Medical Needs
That’s why we are committed to developing transformational medicines that make a difference for patients in key areas of unmet need—areas such as cancer, infectious disease, serious mental illness, autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases, pulmonary hypertension and cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
Additionally, we believe in helping to develop a more results-based approach that delivers what we all want: greater access to care at a more manageable cost and, most importantly, better health for us all.”
#HealthForAll … By Thinking Locally and Globally
As the front line evolves—be it a lab, a clinic or a boardroom—we have never been more poised to change human health than now because we know with good health, anything is possible.”
#HealthForAll … By Accelerating Innovation
Harnessing the extensive resources and expertise from across Johnson & Johnson, we are using big for good to accelerate the pace of innovation needed—from product discovery to delivery—to tackle some of today’s most pressing public health challenges. Through our efforts to make TB and HIV history, eliminate intestinal worms, address mental health and drive progress against other diseases, we are helping to make health for all a reality.”
#HealthForAll … By Putting Safety First
We developed the Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project, for instance, which enables scientists around the world to access data from Johnson & Johnson’s clinical trials so they can advance medicine and our collective understanding of disease.”
Disease knows no boundaries, nor does it discriminate; the entire globe is its playing field, and only the best ideas in science can help ultimately prevent, intercept or cure the health challenges we face today as a human race.
#HealthForAll … By Raising the Bar on Research
Whether it’s cancer, better surgical outcomes via less-invasive technologies or the highest-quality consumer products, our scientists work tirelessly to find the best answers to today’s healthcare challenges.”
#HealthForAll … By Being a Champion of Nurses
Today we are evolving the campaign to champion nursing innovation that is profoundly impacting patient outcomes, advocating for nursing recruitment that emphasizes increased diversity and inclusion to deliver culturally competent care and building the skills of nurses to prepare them for the demands of our evolving healthcare system.
We will continue to advocate for a world where nurses are empowered, recognized and valued as critical change-makers in the trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses change the world—and that changes everything.”
#HealthForAll … By Tackling Healthcare Disparities
Many of our brands also have targeted engagement and education initiatives to diverse communities, especially when they are disproportionately affected by a condition, such as the increasing rates of HIV infections among African-Americans. We are also increasing diversity in clinical trials to better understand how our drugs affect all potential patients.”
#HealthForAll … By Embracing—and Advancing—Sustainability
We also embed sustainability into our product innovation process through a program we call Earthwards®. These are just some of the ways we care for the planet like the health of humanity depends on it—because it does.”
#HealthForAll … By Seeking Out Big Ideas Around the World
From the 1,700-plus applicants received for our JLABS QuickFire Challenges to the $10 billion our JLABS start-up companies have raised over the past five years, we know that a great idea can come from anywhere. Disease knows no boundaries, nor does it discriminate; the entire globe is its playing field, and only the best ideas in science can help ultimately prevent, intercept or cure the health challenges we face today as a human race.
At JLABS, we are constantly searching for people with big ideas, and we will continue providing a place where those ideas can come to fruition to make health for all a reality.”