Johnson & Johnson aspires to profoundly and positively change the trajectory of health for humanity. We believe that nurses, midwives, community health workers and other frontline health workers are the backbone of health systems, and critical to transforming healthcare—and we have supported them for over 125 years.
This ethos is woven into the global initiatives of Johnson & Johnson and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, including: the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, which is working to support one million nurses, midwives and community health workers around the world; Our Race to Health Equity, which aspires to eliminate health inequities for people of color; and Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures, which equips health impact entrepreneurs to pioneer inclusive innovation at the front lines of care.
Today, there is an insufficient number of health workers to meet current healthcare needs. This shortage is a result of decades-long foundational challenges which have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are facing a crisis from burnout, turnover, vacancies and a wave of retirement that impacts patient care, health systems, healthcare industry and the health workers themselves. This crisis—particularly among nurses—is a top issue of concern in the United Sates, and globally.
There is, however, reason for hope.
We work with innovative health workers, advocates and impact entrepreneurs around the world who are working to build a better health system. We believe that if we can help support frontline health workers to solve for the healthcare challenges they face every day—empowering those closest to the challenges to play a central role in solutions—we will improve healthcare for everyone.
Johnson & Johnson is proud to partner with 2022 Aspen Ideas: Health, alongside those at the center of this work, to celebrate the power of big ideas and frontline community innovators as champions for change.