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Health Heroes + Social Good: Empowering Health Workers Worldwide

Organized by Frontline Health Workers Coalition, United Nations Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson

April 5
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
FHI 360 Conference Center
Washington, DC




What can today’s global health and development communities do to fill the 18 million health worker deficit? 

Join leaders, innovators and frontline voices to hear from renowned speakers including:

1) Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group
2) Alaa Murabit, Commissioner, UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth
3) Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health, Liberia
4) Kerry Pelzman, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
5) Rebecca Martin, Director of the Center for Global Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
6 )Stefan Peterson, Chief of Health, UNICEF
7) Geeta Rao Gupta, Executive Director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women and Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation
8) Mesfin Teklu Tessema, Senior Director of Health, International Rescue Committee

Commemorating this year’s World Health Worker Week (April 1-7), Health Heroes +SocialGood is a debut event to facilitate thought-provoking conversations on persistent challenges and innovative solutions in the health workforce. Discussions will include how we can leverage our collective passion to solve the challenges health workers face, such as ensuring gender equity at the highest levels of healthcare leadership, promoting safer working environments for those in conflict and humanitarian settings and more!

8:00 AM: Breakfast and registration
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Program
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and networking

Please contact Martha Cummings for any questions about the event.

Johnson & Johnson GenH Challenge Pitch Day

Organized by Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact

January 17
1:45 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)
South San Francisco, California



The GenH Challenge, a global social venture competition hosted by Johnson & Johnson, asks social entrepreneurs and everyday innovators on the front lines of care to develop novel approaches for the health challenges facing local communities.

From more than 1,000 registrants and 323 submissions, we have narrowed down to six finalists.These six teams will be pitching their ideas during a live event on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at JLABS @ SSF in South San Francisco. All six teams will receive a monetary award, with one winner receiving $250,000, one winner receiving $150,000, and the four remaining winners each receiving $50,000 each. To learn more about the six finalists, click here.

GenH Challenge Pitch Day Schedule:

1:45 PM | Registration begins
2:00 PM | Program begins
4:30 PM | Cocktails, appetizers, and reception

Winners announced live! 

Coming Clean for Child Health: Putting Urban Sanitation and Vaccines on the Global Agenda

Organized by Global Citizen

September 21
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York, New York

(RSVP by September 18)

This reception will bring together prominent voices and experts in water, sanitation, and global health to celebrate the leadership of the High-level Panel of Water in working to achieve the entire scope of Global Goal 6: clean water & sanitation, and to discuss what more needs to be done to achieve Global Goal 3: good health & well-being.

This event in particular will focus on access to fecal sludge management and essential vaccines linking into broader issues of access to clean water and medicines. Through this cross-cutting collaboration, we are presented with a unique opportunity to come clean for child health and secure for all children a better tomorrow.

GenH Challenge Workshop

Organized by Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

September 20
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Blender Workspace
New York, New York


New solutions for today’s enduring health challenges can come from anyone, anywhere. A new method… a twist on a tried-and-true practice… an adaptation out of necessity that reveals a new way forward… These everyday innovations have the potential to transform health for people, communities, and humanity.

Join Johnson & Johnson during the UN General Assembly for a hands-on discussion, workshop, and networking mixer to help turn your spark of an idea into the concept that could win one of six prizes from the GenH Challenge, a social venture competition offering up to $1 million in cash and other incentives to pioneers of ingenuity worldwide. Whether you’ve started an application or are just forming a possible idea, this event will provide tools and insights that can strengthen your application to the GenH Challenge.

MomConnect by Johnson & Johnson

This blog was provided by Johnson & Johnson. This program recieved a plaque of commendation in the Innovation/Technology to Improve Health category of the 2015 GHC-GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards. 

Launched in 2014, MomConnect is a South African National Department of Health initiative that uses mobile technology to educate and empower new and expecting mothers, monitor the quality of health services, and support nurses and midwives.

Women register with MomConnect at their local clinic to receive evidence-based, culturally-sensitive SMS messages throughout pregnancy and up to the infant’s first birthday, timed by estimated date of delivery. Messages advise on the importance of attending antenatal visits and provide information on preparing for a safe labor and tips for newborn care. Each registration is captured in South Africa’s first national pregnancy registry.

Johnson & Johnson has made funding and in-kind contributions to MomConnect, including support to MAMA South Africa – a precursor mobile messaging program launched in 2011 – and content development by BabyCenter, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

Critical Success Factors

  • Since August 2014, more than 570,000 women received MomConnect messages and more than 441,000 confirmed pregnancies were registered with the national database – 1/3 of South Africa’s annual live births.
  • 34,887 health workers were trained on MomConnect, covering 95% of public health facilities.
  • MomConnect’s help desk provides a confidential environment for women to ask questions and provide feedback on clinical services. Approximately 3,100 MomConnect users submitted feedback in the last year, with a compliment to complaints ratio of 6:1.
  • In a phone-based survey (n=1,999):
    • 98% said the messages had helped
    • Nearly 81% said they shared the messages with friends and/or partners
    • 80% said the messages helped them remember clinic visits
    • Nearly 77% said the messages helped them feel more prepared for childbirth

Replicability and Scale Up

  • MomConnect will be adding messages for health workers and mothers living with HIV. The program is also exploring expanding the child messages to age 5 and adding messages for partners.
  • Aspects of MomConnect have already been replicated in other countries, including Uganda.

Additional resources: includes flyers, posters and other visuals from the program–wnO7a?dl=0 includes photos from a MomConnect launch event.