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At the heart of J&J’s commitment to health equity is our desire to create a world where the color of your skin does not determine access to care, quality of care or health outcomes.

Launched in 2020, Our Race to Health Equity (ORTHE) is our multiyear, multimillion-dollar initiative focused on closing the racial health gap in the U.S. ORTHE aims to eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color in the country.

Impact in 2023

4.5 million

people of color reached through ORTHE programs


healthcare professionals reached through culturally conscious training and capacity building

$80 million

invested cumulatively by the end of 2023 in programs that have provided vital health services and information to people of color

With an investment of almost $38 million, the ORTHE-led Business Matching Fund has supported more than 50 programs to date. J&J matches the dollar amount each J&J business unit invests in initiatives to advance health equity in the U.S., benefiting organizations that are moving the needle on health equity. We also launched and continued several programs in 2023 to help remove barriers to care, advance diversity in medical education and support health equity initiatives, as shown in the following examples.

Three people helping each other to climb different levels symbolise the closing of gaps. (illustration)