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Johnson & Johnson Expands Commitment to Advance Health Equity in the United States

Updated: May 9

Johnson & Johnson supports more than 100 community-led organizations in marginalized communities to provide resources and tools to advance accessible, quality health care in the U.S.


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 3, 2024 – Johnson & Johnson announced today that it is collaborating with more than 100 community-led health organizations supporting historically marginalized communities across the United States — building on the Company’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar efforts to improve health equity.


Studies have shown that people of color in the U.S. face disparities in access to health care, quality of care, and mortality when compared to their White counterparts.1 And despite continued advancements in U.S. healthcare, race-based and ethnicity-based disparities persist.

“We recognize that to effectively address healthcare disparities, changes must occur at all levels in our society. Supporting the work of grassroots organizations, community health centers and national associations is integral to identifying and implementing enduring healthcare solutions,” said Vanessa Broadhurst, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs at Johnson & Johnson.


Community-Based Program Support

J&J is supporting multiple organizations across the U.S. working in communities to promote health equity, including:


  • It Takes Philly’s Black Doctors Consortium initiative, dedicated to improving the quality of and access to care in a high-touch concierge-style setting, a unique approach to clinics in Philadelphia’s low-income communities facing health challenges.


  • Black Women’s Health Imperative aims to empower Black women to take charge of their health through diabetes prevention and self-management classes.

  • The National Association of Community Health Centers will use this funding to enhance new models of care that improve health outcomes for communities of color and expand workforce programs to create pathways for nurses of color to advance in their careers.


Health Equity Innovation Challenge for Start-Ups

J&J recently held a Health Equity Innovation Challenge to support innovative solutions developed by entrepreneurs and start-ups. Among hundreds of applications, five exceptional local health innovators were selected to receive $75,000 in seed funding and mentorship from J&J leaders to help expand and scale their programs. Helene Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., President, Spelman College, chaired the judging committee. Awardees included: Dion’s Chicago Dream (IL), the Greater New York City Black Nurses Association (NY), Oben Health (CA), SisterLove, Inc. (GA), and Students Run Philly Style (PA).


“By betting on grassroots initiatives, we are investing in the very fabric of change—local leaders who intimately understand the needs and challenges of their communities,” said Dr. Gayle. “Their proximity, empathy, and innovative approaches are the driving forces behind improving health outcomes.”


J&J’s My Health Can’t Wait Initiative

National Minority Health Month marks the start of J&J’s second year of My Health Can’t Wait, a community wellness initiative. Together with partners including the African American Male Wellness Agency, to date the initiative has reached over 100,000 people, delivered 16,000 health screenings and distributed 35,000 packets of educational materials to communities of color. Over the next six months, My Health Can’t Wait will visit 25 cities across the United States. The first appearance will be on April 27 in Houston, Texas at the “Black Men’s Wellness Day” event.


J&J’s My Health Can’t Wait initiative will also sponsor several patient-focused initiatives that are helping to create greater urgency around specific health inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color. This includes Save Legs. Change Lives. which is addressing peripheral arterial disease-related amputation that disproportionally affect Black and Hispanic Americans.


Consistent with J&J’s Our Credo commitment to “help people be healthier by supporting better access and care in more places around the world,” J&J is applying a health equity lens across its business, from enhancing diversity in clinical trials to supporting representation within the health workforce. With a community-centered approach, J&J is committed to closing the gap between communities and the healthcare they need.



List of Community-Led Organizations Supported by J&J:

  1. Acclinate

  2. African American Male Wellness Agency

  3. Alliance of Multicultural Physicians

  4. American Academy of Dermatology

  5. American Academy of Ophthalmology

  6. American College of Cardiology

  7. American College of Gastroenterology

  8. American Heart Association – Puerto Rico

  9. American Medical Group Association – Quality and Innovation Collective

  10. American Pharmacists Association

  11. Arthur L. Garnes Society

  12. Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

  13. Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

  14. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization

  15. Asociación de Cardiologos del Noroeste

  16. Association of American Indian Physicians

  17. Association of Black Cardiologists*

  18. Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists

  19. Balm In Gilead, Inc.

  20. Bayamón Heart and Lung Institute

  21. Black EyeCare Perspective

  22. Black Health Matters

  23. Black Women’s Health Imperative

  24. Capital Area Food Bank

  25. CareMessage

  26. Centro Medico Episcopal San Lucas

  27. Children’s Home Society Of New Jersey

  28. Chinese American Hematologist and Oncologist Network

  29. CME Outfitters

  30. Color of Gastrointestinal Illnesses

  31. Columbia University - Community Health Worker Training Program

  32. Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment

  33. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

  34. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

  35. D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families

  36. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  37. Dion’s Chicago Dream

  38. Diverse Surgeons Initiative

  39. Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program

  40. Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy

  41. Foundation to Advance Vascular Cures

  42. Greater New York City Black Nurses Association

  43. Hip Hop Public Health

  44. Howard University College of Pharmacy

  45. Illustrate Change - Association of Medical Illustrators Diversity Fellowship

  46. Illustrate Change - Columbia University - Skin of Color Pilot Study

  47. Inside Edge

  48. It Takes Philly

  49. Kappa Alpha Psi

  50. LUNGevity

  51. Mary’s Center

  52. Mayagüez Medical Center

  53. MedTech Color

  54. Morehouse College

  55. Morgan State University - ASCEND

  56. National Alliance for Hispanic Health

  57. National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators

  58. National Association of Community Health Centers

  59. National Association of Community Health Workers

  60. National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

  61. National Black Caucus of State Legislators

  62. National Black Nurses Association

  63. National Blood Clot Alliance

  64. National Breast Cancer Foundation

  65. National Council of State Legislaturers

  66. National Governors Association

  67. National Health Council

  68. National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

  69. National Hispanic Medical Association

  70. National Medical Fellowships*

  71. National Minority Quality Forum

  72. National Optometric Association

  73. National Urban League

  74. Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.

  75. The Nurses Legacy Institute - Chief Nursing Officer Institute*

  76. Oben Health

  77. Ophthalmic World Leaders

  78. Partners In Health*

  79. Pathways Community Hub Institute*

  80. Pathways to Housing DC

  81. SisterLove Incorporated

  82. Skin of Color Society

  83. Sociedad de Cirugía Vascular y Endovascular de Puerto Rico

  84. Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Cardiologia

  85. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

  86. Society of Black Academic Surgeons

  87. South Asian IBD Alliance

  88. Students Run Philly Style

  89. Susan G. Komen Foundation*

  90. Taproot Foundation*

  91. Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

  92. Trenton Health Team, Inc.

  93. UnidosUS

  94. University of California, Los Angeles - Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

  95. University of Maryland Eastern Shore - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

  96. University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

  97. University of South Carolina - Center for Community Health Alignment

  98. Village Capital

  99. Women in Government

  100. Women in Optometry

  101. Women of Color in Pharma

  102. Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy


*Funding also provided by the Johnson & Johnson US Foundation, Inc.


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Johnson & Johnson’s Commitment to Health EquityHealthcare is advancing at a rapid pace, yet significant gaps in access to quality care persist. At J&J, we are on a mission to advance equitable access to quality care through championing nurses and community health workers and enabling community-centered and culturally conscious care. We do this by collaborating with those closest to the challenge to connect more people to care. Learn more at www.jnj.com/global-health-equity.


About Johnson & JohnsonAt Johnson & Johnson, we believe health is everything. Our strength in healthcare innovation empowers us to build a world where complex diseases are prevented, treated, and cured, where treatments are smarter and less invasive, and solutions are personal. Through our expertise in Innovative Medicine and MedTech, we are uniquely positioned to innovate across the full spectrum of healthcare solutions today to deliver the breakthroughs of tomorrow, and profoundly impact health for humanity. Learn more at https://www.jnj.com.


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