Since the beginning, Johnson & Johnson has supported and championed health workers—especially nurses, midwives and community health workers on the front lines who are at the heart of delivering care.
Early in its history, the Company appointed nurses to key leadership positions in advancing aseptics, developed The Maternity Kit to put delivery essentials in a box for midwives and other birth attendants to safely support mother and baby, and published information for community health workers about how to protect against contagious disease, including how to recognize symptoms of illnesses like smallpox, polio, influenza and more.
Johnson & Johnson has developed one of the oldest and largest global giving programs, working with partners around the world to support those who provide care to others and to help inspire the next generation of health workers. In the 1990s and 2000s, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies launched several pioneering programs and partnerships that empowered health workers and improved maternal and child health and disease prevention efforts in vulnerable communities around the world.
The timeline below highlights some of the major milestones from the Company’s history of supporting and championing nurses, midwives and community health workers. The Center for Health Worker Innovation, founded in 2019, builds upon this long legacy.