#BacktheFrontline

In a year like no other before, 2020 taught us many lessons—why we need agile digital tools to advance health worker training, how we might improve health systems through women’s leadership, and what it takes to still deliver quality primary care, often six feet away.
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At the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, we recognize that frontline health workers are the heart of strong community and primary care systems. When the world shifted its attention to health workers amidst COVID-19, the Center was already working with partners around the globe to strengthen community-based health systems by supporting frontline health workers to achieve health for all by 2030.
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Women form 70% of the global health workforce fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet women's expertise and perspectives are woefully underrepresented in decision-making spaces including on national task forces and WHO’s COVID-19 emergency response committee. To foster dialogue on how gender inequity is impacting the global response to COVID-19, Johnson & Johnson Foundation partnered with Women in Global Health (WGH) last year on a digital COVID 50/50 Action Labs series. Each Action Lab, produced in collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, addressed one of the WGH Five Asks through interactive panel discussions showcasing the voices of those central to the response to COVID-19 and were designed to drive local advocacy.
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2020 has been quite a transformative year – one with its share of challenges, but also one that has advanced healthcare around the globe, creating opportunities to evolve for the future.
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Today on World Children’s Day, I am reflecting on my role as a mother and how I want to reimagine a different world for my children. I want a world where all children, regardless of where they are born, have the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life and reach their full potential.
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“Nurses are the front lines of public health,” says Kate Garrison, RN BA, who has been in the field for over two decades, including in her current role as case manager at a small community hospital in New England. Garrison feels the two disciplines—public health and nursing—need to talk to each other more. “Nurses are gathering public health data all day long,” she adds, “but it isn’t seen that way because no one is asking them to share that data.”
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Health workers take on so much—they are tireless caregivers, advocates and confidants, often undertaking a considerable amount of emotional pressure in their jobs. This couldn’t be truer during the pandemic, and health workers around the world are feeling the strain. A recent study shows that more than 33% of nurses stated their mental health as bad or very bad, underscoring the concern that the current pandemic will lead to an increase of stress and job burnout among health care workers.
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