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Joy Marini, MS, PA-C
Joy Hamilton Marini is an Executive Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed in 2007. Ms. Marini leads the company’s global philanthropy focused on improving health for women and girls. She is responsible for international programs on maternal and infant health, gender-based violence and gender inequality, and economic empowerment of women as part of the company’s Commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ms. Marini has been instrumental in developing sustainable partnerships to save newborn lives, most notably for addressing birth asphyxia through training neonatal birth attendants. Ms. Marini is driven in her work by her passion to support maternal and infant health.

Ms. Marini can be found on Twitter: @joymarini. Additional information about Ms. Marini can be found at:

Entries by Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

5 Qualities of an Inspiring Woman, in Honor of International Women's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Each International Women's Day, the global community pauses to reflect on women who inspire. Sometimes these women are famous, sometimes they are historical -- but just as often they are seemingly regular women you've never read about in a newspaper or text book.

On a recent field visit...

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6 Things Pregnant Women Can Do to Lower the Risk of Premature Birth

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Baby Nga was born at home in her mother's bed. They weren't sure exactly what day she was due to arrive, but they knew that this day was too early; the midwife shook her head with fading hope that the infant would make it.

She was too small. She...

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Speaking Up For A Baby Named Silence

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 7:59 AM

Her name was Silence.* She was given this name because she rarely made a sound as an infant. Silence was with her twin sister in a quiet room in the back of the Pediatric Ward at Debarq District Hospital. Her mother, Abeba, was nursing the two girls on a cot,...

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Raising a Global Citizen: Perspectives From a Mom & Teenage Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Perspective from a Mom: Joy

I recently saw the word "philanthroteen," referring to our next generation of global philanthropists in a United Nations Foundation article. As the mother of two teenagers, the concept of teens as change-agents to improve the lives of others is intriguing.

I have strived...

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Can the Success of Empowering Women Be Measured with a Yardstick?: Seven Questions for Helene Gayle

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 6:25 PM

A few years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, I met Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE. She invited me to see firsthand the work that CARE was leading in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi -- and even the largest in Africa. Helene's vision and passion for improving...

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In One "Golden" Minute, You Can Save a Life

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:29 AM

What can some people accomplish in one minute? Some can put away their shoes or read 250 words. With the right training, some are able to save a newborn's life.

"Save a life?" you ask.

Indulge this author and hold your breath while you read this article.


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Generation Z Delivers For Women's Health

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:51 PM

A few days ago, my 17-year-old daughter asked for help on a school project about "Generation Z." I Googled it immediately. Apparently, "Generation Z" describes those born at the tail end of the Millennial generation (approximately 1982-2002). They are the first generation to grow up with a computer in their...

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WATCH: The Traumatic Childbirth Injury No One Is Talking About

(14) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:56 PM

"I thought that I was cursed."
"I was tied to the dog so that the wild animals would not attack me while I slept outside."
"My heart was not at peace."

These are voices that have lingered with me -- voices of women and girls who suffer from obstetric fistula.

Obstetric fistula occurs when a pregnant women or girl has a prolonged, obstructed labor and is not able to reach a skilled birth attendant in time. The baby is too large or the birth passage is too small. Many days of labor cut off the blood supply to the mother and to the baby resulting in a stillbirth and in "holes" or a passageway between the birth canal and the excretory system. The woman has a near constant and uncontrollable leak of urine or feces.

The discomfort, and the odor that her condition causes, means she cannot carry out her day-to-day work easily, and often she is stigmatized and isolated... even by her own family.

This is preventable. The fact that women and girls still suffer from obstetric fistula is evidence that health systems are failing to provide good prenatal care, nutrition, a skilled attendant at birth and emergency obstetric care.

When people hear about obstetric fistula, they sometimes think of it as something that "is happening far away from here." But the truth is that the first surgical repair for obstetric fistula was developed in the United States in 1852 by Dr. James Simms. Women all over the country needed this surgery and Dr. Simms set up the world's first fistula hospital in New York on the current-day grounds of the Waldorf Astoria.

On this First International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, May 23, 2013, hear the voices of the women with obstetric fistula, the dedicated surgeons and the leaders who are committed to ending fistula in this generation and learn how you can help. #EndFistula

Learn more about the journeys of women affected by obstetric fistula. To learn more about Johnson & Johnson collaborations to end fistula see our JNJblog post by Conrad Person, Director, Johnson & Johnson Corporate...

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Beyond Newborn Survival: Hope For The First Day

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 8:35 AM

On the day that a woman's first child is born, a mother is "born" as well. A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly,...

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Advocating for Girls and Women: Perspectives of a Mom and Teen

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:24 PM

Joy Marini, Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson and her teenage daughter Kendall have signed on to Catapult this holiday season. You can join their team to support women and girls globally--or start a team of your own. You can choose from a variety of causes...

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A Mother's Day Promise: Honoring Moms Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Early May in the United States finds us celebrating our mothers, and even our sisters, daughters, grandmothers and aunts on Mother's Day. While celebrated on various calendar dates, with distinctive names, a range of traditions and tied to diverse histories, most countries reserve a day to pay homage to moms....

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The Global Challenge of Saving Newborn Lives

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 7:30 AM

There are moments in all of our lives that take our breath away -- moments that are either so stunning or emotionally moving that time seems to stand still.

Some of mine include watching the fog roll across the autumn trees in the Great Smokey Mountains, and stargazing from...

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