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Sharon D’Agostino

Title Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations
Organization Johnson & Johnson

Sharon D’Agostino is Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations for Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed in February 2006.

Building on a Johnson & Johnson legacy of corporate philanthropy that spans more than a century, Sharon and her worldwide team guide the Company’s strategic giving priorities. Their mission is to make life-changing, long-term differences in human health. They fulfill this mission through community-based partnerships with hundreds of organizations around the world, focusing on three priority areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children, building the skills of those who serve community health needs, and preventing diseases and reducing stigma.

Sharon and her team are committed to playing a leading role in addressing critical health issues facing women and children around the world, including elimination of new HIV infections in children, addressing birth asphyxia, preventing and treating intestinal worms in children, providing health information to new and expecting mothers, training skilled birth attendants, and helping women overcome obstetric fistula. They also place a strong focus on leadership and management training programs that deal with health care capacity needs at the community level. Under Sharon’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson has established new partnerships and strengthened existing ones to address these and other important health issues. She and her team work with program partners to find new, more efficient ways to measure program effectiveness and long-term impact.

Posts By Sharon D’Agostino

For Expectant and New Mothers, Mobile Fosters Confidence and a Healthier Future

It can be the most exciting time in a woman’s life, and the most daunting. During her pregnancy, every expectant mother has bright hopes for the new life she carries.

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Transforming Health with Mobile Technology

The evolution of how text messages can impact health around the world, especially for expectant mothers, is changing rapidly.

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Let's Make September Infant Survival Month

Most infant deaths are preventable and organizations around the world are making a difference through their efforts to increase the number of front line community health workers and skilled birth attendants, provide basic training to address birth asphyxia,
engage mothers in the community to support new mothers, and deliver critical stage-based health information to new and expecting moms via mobile phones.

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How Mothers Pay It Forward

Riding in a van several hours beyond Nairobi, I noticed a roadside sign for a nearby hospital. For me, the word “hospital” triggers an image of a large building bustling with nurses, doctors, technicians, patients, and visitors.

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Paying it Forward: Why Women are the Best Investment

Women inspire and shape the world, one conversation at a time.

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