The Gift of Caring for Aging Parents

A colleague reflects on his time as caregiver after both parents were diagnosed with chronic heart failure

Incredibly difficult, yet tremendously rewarding – a gift given and received. That’s how our colleague Henry Rodrique describes his experience caring for his parents who were both diagnosed with heart failure within a few years of each other. Rodrique remembers that this long-lasting and progressive condition impacted many aspects of his parents’ lives.

Merck: The Vaccine Pioneers

Scientists who made giant strides in the fight against viral diseases and vaccine history

The story of modern day vaccines began in 1796 when Dr. Edward Jenner inoculated 9-year-old James Phipps with cowpox as a way to protect him from smallpox. Jenner used the term “vaccination,” “vacca” being Latin for “cow.” In fact, it has been recognized for centuries that some diseases never reinfect a person after recovery. Smallpox was the first disease people tried to prevent by intentionally inoculating themselves with infected matter.

'Wonder Angie' Enlists Her 'Super Friends' to Fight Oral Cavity Cancer

After receiving an oral squamous cell carcinoma diagnosis, a head and neck cancer survivor finds hope by embracing science, prioritizing mental health and leaning on her work family

In 2017, Maria Angelica Rosario Marquez — or Angie, as she likes to be called— joined Merck in Colombia as a clinical data specialist. She had lost her father the year before and was looking forward to starting a new chapter. The novelty of that first year, however, was short-lived, as her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

Rosario spoke to her manager, and he encouraged her to put family first. She booked a ticket to Chile and was there to support her mother and sister during the illness and her mother’s passing.

Vaccines: Our History, Our Legacy

Merck and its legacy companies have been working to discover and develop vaccines for more than a century

"An epidemic of diphtheria is almost inevitable here. Stop. I am in urgent need of one million units of diphtheria antitoxin. Stop. Mail is only form of transportation. Stop."
Dr. Curtis Welch

Fighting COVID-19: 'An Intersection Between My Military and Civilian Careers'

How our colleague Col. Craig Maceri is using the skills he learned at Merck to help run a vaccination site for the National Guard

Col. Craig Maceri, director, vaccines value chain management, never would have guessed that his career at Merck would someday benefit his role as a commander in the National Guard. But the COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise.

“It’s definitely not like any deployment I’ve been on before,” said Maceri, who fought in the Iraq War.

Merck Honored as a 2022 VETS Indexes 5 Star Employer

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We are honored to have earned the designation VETS Indexes 5 Star Employer, as part of the 2022 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community. 

How This HIV Activist Prioritizes Wellness in His Day-to-Day

Paris Mullen shares why it's so important to make self-care a daily habit

This past year has been challenging for everyone, and isolation and the continued strain of remote work and school have put a spotlight on the importance of personal wellbeing. For Paris Mullen, a Merck community liaison and HIV activist, the pandemic is a reminder to be more intentional with self-care. And while he admits that prioritizing this can be difficult, he’s trying his best.

Discover Which Female Role Models Inspired Our Own Women in STEM

Why strong STEM opportunities for women are important during Women’s History Month and every month

The gender gap that exists in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has been prominent for years. Girls and women are often steered away from science and math throughout their education, limiting their opportunities to pursue a career in these fields as an adult. With only about 28% of women in the STEM workforce, and men greatly outnumbering women in STEM fields in college, many women are missing the opportunity to build a career in innovative and high-paying jobs like scientific research and engineering.

Why Improving Health Literacy Is Important

Many people struggle to understand health information, which can impact health outcomes. What we're doing to help:

Antibodies. Variants. Transmissibility. Who would have ever thought we’d use words like these in everyday life? The ongoing pandemic has highlighted how important it is to understand health information to help keep ourselves and our families, friends and communities healthy.

Improving health literacy – defined as a person’s ability to find, understand and use information and services to make health-related decisions for themselves and others – continues to be an important part of helping address the pandemic.

Merck to Hold Event to Discuss Long-Term Environmental, Social & Governance Priorities

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KENILWORTH, N.J., February 17, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, provided additional details today of the company’s virtual Investor Event in which its senior management team will discuss Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) priorities. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. EST, will discuss the company’s long-term ESG strategies. These strategies focus on the company’s four ESG priority areas: Access to Health, Employees, Environmental Sustainability and Ethics & Value.


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