LifeScan aims to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes. OneTouch are also bound to the Johnson & Johnson Credo, which reminds us that "OneTouch are responsible to the communities in which OneTouch live and work and to the world community as well."
Towards that end, LifeScan provides monetary and product support to many non-profit organizations on a local, national and international level. Our primary goal is to increase awareness of diabetes as a serious illness, educate people with diabetes and their families, and promote awareness that diabetes complications can be reduced with proper diabetes management. OneTouch provide assistance to the diabetes and world community in four areas: Legislative Advocacy, Professional Associations, Corporate Philanthropy, and headquarter-based Community Relations.
Research indicates that people with diabetes are more likely to test if they have insurance coverage. Proper diabetes management is linked to improved quality of life. So, LifeScan and Johnson & Johnson Government Affairs have been actively involved in assisting diabetes organizations in the passage of laws that increase insurance coverage and medical rights for people with diabetes. There are now 46 states with laws requiring private and managed care payers to offer coverage for diabetes equipment, supplies and education.
On a local level, LifeScan's legislative advocacy efforts in 1999 helped pass a state law providing diabetes monitoring and self-management for all Californians with diabetes. And one of our employees was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a "Woman of Valor " for her dedicated work to help pass and enact Medicare legislation that now provides reimbursement of blood glucose monitoring supplies for all people with diabetes.
To further our goal of diabetes education, OneTouch support diabetes organizations and awards that focus on educating health care professionals in diabetes-related fields to provide the highest quality of care for people with diabetes. Additionally, diabetes organizations are normally the first stop for newly diagnosed people and their families, so support of organizations provides a wide range of support for the diabetes community.
Ongoing partnerships between LifeScan and leading organizations in the diabetes industry include: American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, National Diabetes Education Program, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Dietetic Association, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Federation of European Nurses for Diabetes, International Diabetes Federation, International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Declaration of The Americas.
LifeScan is proud to sponsor the annual awards for:
- AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year (United States)
- CDA Educator of the Year (Canada)
- DESA LifeScan Prize for Athletic Achievement (Worldwide)
- Distinguished Service Award in Diabetes Care and Education, American Dietetic Association
LifeScan donates testing supplies to camp programs nationwide, so thousands of kids with diabetes can experience the confidence and camaraderie of summer camp. Some of our main areas of support include:
- Summer Camps
- "Take Control of Your Diabetes" training programs for patients and health care professionals
- Special continuing education and distance learning programs for training and educating diabetes professionals
- Sponsorship of diabetes fundraising events such as ADA's Tour to Cure and JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes
- Core support and project funding for International Diabetes Federation (IDF), as well as European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and Federation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND)
Worldwide, our employees actively support their local communities. Since the majority of our 2500 employees live and work in Silicon Valley, California, LifeScan has a headquarter-based Community Relations program that allows employees and local non-profit organizations to receive support for projects, whether diabetes-related or not.
Our employees participate and support many local events and organizations such as:
- The Nature Conservancy - California Program
- American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
- Back-to-School Drive for victims of domestic violence
- The Giving Tree holiday gift-giving program
- Local diabetes fund raisers
- Blood Drives
- Second Harvest Food Bank
Emergency requests (for natural disasters, etc.) should be directed to Johnson & Johnson Corporate Community Relations.