Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards”, the WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Patient Leaders. We connect with countless patient advocates, influencers, and experts who are helping others and transforming healthcare–often without recognition.
Since the WEGO Health Patient Leader Network is centered around these healthcare transformers, we knew it was up to us to celebrate their accomplishments. From this need to celebrate the Leaders who make a difference, the WEGO Health Awards were born.
Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. The WEGO Health Awards offers a way to introduce new Patient Leaders to the online community, and to allow network members the opportunity to recognize and say "thank you" to the leaders they look up to.
We'd love to have you nominate all the great Patient Leaders you know–the ones who are working tirelessly on their social channels, speaking engagements, consulting gigs and other platforms.
We urge you to share the WEGO Health Awards with your friends, family, fans, followers, etc. Everyone is welcome to nominate and we want to make sure to recognize all the great leaders out there.
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. We are the world’s largest network of Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.
Our network collaborates with startups, life sciences companies, non-profits, agencies, government, and all other types of organizations across healthcare. WEGO Health offers enterprise and on-demand solutions that allow organizations to leverage patient experience and expertise in the design, development, and promotion of their products and services.
A Patient Leader uses his or her own health journey to raise awareness, to share knowledge, and to help others. They leverage social media to amplify their voice, to connect with peers, and to build communities. Patient Leaders are the thought leaders and transformers that industry leaders turn to for insights and expertise when they need to build a more patient-centered, consumer-driven healthcare ecosystem.
Our Patient Leader Network includes more than 100,000 of these vetted patients and caregivers across virtually all health conditions and topics ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise. WEGO Health is committed to elevating the voice and visibility of Patient Leaders. Our network members receive exclusive invitations to paid market research opportunities, freelance consulting projects, and crowdsourced promotions, to name a few. Click here to learn more about our Patient Leader Network.
The distinct WEGO Health Awards we present highlight numerous Patient Leaders in different phases of their health journey. We encourage all patient advocates, influencers, and experts to nominate those who deserve recognition for their work.
In celebration of the 6 th annual WEGO Health Awards, we’ve introduced three new award categories, which are “Best in Show: Podcast,” “Healthcare Collaborator: Company,” and “Healthcare Collaborator: Patient.”
We’ve been lucky to have some fantastic winners over the last few years. Click here to meet them all.
Yes – we’d love for you to share the WEGO Health Awards with your community members. Make sure you use the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Anyone who is an active and leading member of an online community, and making a difference in healthcare, is eligible to be nominated. He or she should provide the community with valuable information and support to make a difference for other patients and caregivers. Nominees for an individual social channel award must have a presence on that particular social channel, of course.
Think about the advocates and influencers you see leading Facebook groups, blogging about their health journey, speaking up and giving insights to healthcare companies, presenting on national stages, and running Twitter chats. Patient Leaders have started non-profits, published podcast episodes, and authored books–there is no shortage of Patient Leaders’ contributions to the world, so let’s recognize as many of them as we can for their talents, contributions, and commitment.
The WEGO Health Awards were created based on Patient Leader feedback, and the same is true of the categories we use. They might change a bit each year, but they're created with you and your community in mind. We'll only be selecting winners for the categories listed in our nomination form, but we're always open to suggestions.
Go to our WEGO Health Awards nominations page to get started. Tell us who you want to recognize, where you follow them online, and the award you think they should win. Once you're finished nominating your favorite Patient Leader, feel free to share that nomination with your community or send a tweet with the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards. And be sure to nominate early and often; we want to recognize as many Patient Leaders as possible.
Of course. We hope you'll reach out to your community and ask them to nominate their favorite members of the online health world, and that includes you; however, you’re more than welcome to nominate yourself as part of the process. Be sure to take a moment and recognize any of the great leaders that help you on a daily basis as well.
Each nominee will be notified via email and social media (as applicable) and will be given the chance to complete a unique Nominee Profile with additional information about themselves and their activism.
That is entirely up to you. If you'd like to share your nomination with the nominee, your community, or others–go for it. It's a great way to remind Patient Leaders how important they are to you and others in the community. However, if you'd rather keep your nomination anonymous, you can simply check the “anonymous” box on the nomination form. This will ensure that the nominee does not know who nominated them for the WEGO Health Award.
The Nominee Directory was created to showcase all of our fantastic nominees and to give your community members a place to endorse you, so we definitely want to make sure you've been added.
As a nominee, you should receive an email, with your unique directory link included, 24-48 hours after your nomination. If you haven't received this unique link, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure to send the link to create your profile.
In your Nominee Profile, it's especially important to share your story and your social links because your Nominee Profile will be shared with our panel of judges during the judging phase of the WEGO Health Awards. The more information you add to your Nominee Profile, the better chance you’ll have to stand out.
It should only take a few minutes, but you can spend as much time as you’d like creating and adding to your Nominee Profile. Also, you’ll be provided with a login so you can access your Nominee Profile after it’s published and make any changes and updates. Remember, the more information you add to your Nominee Profile, the more appealing it will be to endorsers.
If you need to make a change in your Nominee Profile, all you need to do is login on the WEGO Health Awards site. At the top of the page in the right-hand corner, you will see a “sign in” option. Use the password you created when setting up your Nominee Profile. Email us at email@example.com with any issues or additional questions.
We’re hoping that you’ll see your nomination as validation from your community members, but we do understand that it’s not for everyone. If you want to withdraw your nomination, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can view all of our nominees and finalists in the Nominee Directory.
Nominations open May 15, 2017 and you can make additional nominations until September 1, 2017.
Definitely. We’d love for you to recognize as many Patient Leaders as you’d like.
Certain categories do have requirements. For example, if someone is nominated for “Best in Show: Facebook,” they must be active on their Facebook page. The most important requirement though is that this person has made a difference for you and other patients and is making an impact in the healthcare world.
We recommend taking a moment to think about what your nominee does differently than others. What makes them special? What will impress our judges?
Do they blog or tweet all the time? If so, then nominate them for “Best in Show: Blog” or “Best in Show: Twitter.”
Is this person someone who has been around since the early days of patient advocacy? Maybe they deserve recognition in the “Lifetime Achievement” category.
Is this Patient Leader continually speaking at industry conferences and collaborating with healthcare organizations? They’d be the perfect nominee for “Healthcare Collaborator: Patient.”
We urge you to read all the WEGO Health Award category descriptions and to nominate the Patient Leaders you think would be the best fit.
Is there someone you know who seems to fit ALL of the categories – someone who is rocking it on all channels and truly making a real change out there in the community? The “Lifetime Achievement” award celebrates the men and women who tirelessly spread awareness for their condition(s) through multiple channels and have been doing so for many years. There are no set standards to win this award, but these individuals truly represent the best of the best.
This year we’re announcing the addition of three new award categories including Healthcare Collaborator: Company. For this new award category, we’re looking for companies who are truly embodying what it is to be patient-centered.
Do you know a company who has a laser focus on patients? Perhaps they started a whole new patient-centered division or they’ve begun to include Patient Leaders on advisory boards. Is there an agency, start-up, incubator, healthcare company, or organization driving forward change for the patient? Those are the establishments we want to recognize with this new award.
The WEGO Health Awards system is person-centric, so to nominate a company you will need to select a point of contact. This person will be contacted to set up their Nominee Profile, so ensure that you have an email address to include with your nomination.
This year we’re introducing a new category to highlight the top Patient Leaders who showcase their expertise day in and day out.
Do you know Patient Leaders who are working with the industry, regularly speaking at events, collaborating with the healthcare industry, and making a difference for all patients? Those are the types of Patient Leaders we’re looking to highlight within this category.
These individuals are out there, truly changing the game. By representing the patient voice within the healthcare industry, these Patient Leaders are using their professional skills and patient advocacy expertise for good.
The WEGO Health Awards are open for the entire Patient Leader community. We respect the community’s ability to choose the advocates that they think are best for the awards categories. If you have a particular concern about one of the nominees, please email us at email@example.com .
Yes, we encourage nominees to help spread the word and recognize their fellow Patient Leaders. We always look to our Patient Leader Network to ensure the best and brightest are nominated each year, so get out there, nominate, and endorse today.
Get the news out there by tweeting, blogging, posting on Facebook, and using any social platforms you have to inform your communities about the nomination. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards to increase your reach. Make sure your community knows that once the endorsements period opens, you’ll be looking to them to endorse your nomination.
An endorsement is a way to give nominees a visual show of support. The endorsement button is on each Nominee’s Profile and you can also see the number of endorsements that each nominee has received. The three nominees with the highest number of endorsements will automatically become part of the five finalists for that award category.
Endorsements were created to give community members a chance to participate in the WEGO Health Awards. Think of it as a way to give a shout-out or virtual hug to your favorite Patient Leaders.
In response to feedback from the community, the endorsement process helps select top Patient Leaders to move on to the finalist round. The three most endorsed nominees in each award category will automatically become a finalist. There are five finalists within each category and the final award winner is selected by our panel of distinguished judges.
So, if you are nominated for an award, make sure you ask your friends, family, and community members to take a moment to endorse your efforts.
While you can only endorse each person’s Nominee Profile once, you can endorse as many people as you like. If you want to spread the love and endorse others, feel free to do so. We’ll be accepting endorsements July 10- September 1, 2017.
While showing your support through Facebook likes or tweets is appreciated by the nominees, we will not be counting that form of social media support towards endorsements.
Yes. While the three nominees with the highest endorsement numbers in each category will automatically become finalists, the rest of the finalists will be determined by numerous additional factors aside from endorsements by our judging panelists.
Absolutely. We want the Patient Leaders to be able to support each other. You can only endorse each nominee once, but you can endorse as many nominees as you’d like.
Of course, use your community to your advantage. Contact your Facebook communities, your social groups, foundations that you work with, and more. Get your community involved, have them check out your Nominee Profile and show their support by endorsing you.
We’ll be accepting endorsements July 10- September 1, 2017. On September 4, 2017, we will calculate the endorsements and identify those who have been automatically selected to be a finalist in each award category. The rest of the finalists will be selected through our judging process.
Following the conclusion of the endorsement process, we will calculate the number of endorsements for each nominee and select the top three endorsed Patient Leaders in each category to become finalists. The judging process will then continue with the remainder of the nominees to select the rest of the finalists in each category. Upon selection of the finalists in each category, the full judging process will begin.
The finalists are selected in one of two ways. First, the top three endorsed nominees within an award category automatically move on as a finalist. The subsequent two finalists are selected by our judging panelists. The judging panel is comprised of past award winners, foundations, organizations, award sponsors, and industry experts. Finalists will be selected based on their relevance to that particular award, and the information you provide will help determine their likelihood to win.
Note: A nominee's community size (number of fans, followers, readers, members, etc.) will not be considered. The nominee is judged based on their content and fit for the award category.
Once the top five finalists in each award category have been selected, we move into the second round of judging. Top industry experts convene to review the five finalists based on their use of social media, their fit for the award for which they’ve been nominated, and how effectively they engage their online community. Judges score individually, and then WEGO Health tallies these scores to identify the winners. No one knows the winners until we make the announcement at our annual WEGO Health Awards Ceremony. Curious to see who will be helping make the important decisions this year? Check out the impressive list of 2017 WEGO Health Award judges here.
If you’re interested in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Be a Judge’ and we’ll give you additional details.
We do allow those who were nominated to participate in the judging process. However, if a judge is nominated for a certain award, they are not allowed to judge that category. We also give the judge the option to either remove themselves from the running or give up their judge’s spot.
We have many Patient Leaders, patients, caregivers, industry leaders, previous winners, finalists and Patient Leader Network members who connect with us throughout the year who let us know that they’d love to be involved in the WEGO Health Awards. The WEGO Health team compiles a list of those enthusiasts throughout the year and connects with each before our WEGO Health Awards season. We then chat about the details, time commitment, and what is expected of the judges. Once they confirm they would like to officially participate, they are in.
Judges score nominees on the following criteria:
The WEGO Health team is involved throughout the judging process; however, we are not the ultimate decision makers. We help facilitate the judging panels, but we rely primarily on the scores provided by our judging panel when ultimately scoring nominees.
The judges are provided with all the information that is provided to us about the nominees. We give each nominee the opportunity to build a Nominee Profile where they can include a bio, links to their social channels, and anything they’d want the judges to know about their activism that may help them in the selection process. The judges who select the winner from the five finalists convene on a conference call to discuss each nominee with the other judges.
The number depends on the number of nominations we collect throughout the process. We’ve had up to 80 judges participate in the judging process. The more nominations we receive, the more judges we will need. During our first round of judging, we confirm we have enough judges to ensure each nomination is accurately reviewed and considered for the final two finalist spots for the award category. To learn more about our judges, click here.
We feature each judge on our blog and give them shout-outs on all of our social channels. Each judge has the option to sponsor the WEGO Health Awards program.
Anyone who publicly focuses on health online is eligible. They can be involved with any health focus or condition, on any platform, and in any location. If they advocate for health, they can win. Employees of WEGO Health or their immediate family members are not eligible for these awards.
Winners will be announced publicly during our WEGO Health Awards ceremony in October 2017. Each winner will receive a WEGO Health Prize pack, including items donated by our sponsors, a feature on WEGO Health's blog and social channels, and special access to WEGO Health opportunities throughout the year–including chances to speak at, or attend, conferences.
The WEGO Health Awards will be accepting nominations and endorsements through September 1, 2017. We will then start the judging phase of our program. We are pulling together judging panels comprised of your fellow Patient Leaders and industry leaders. These panels will review all of our nominations, select finalists, and then review each of the finalists, scoring them on their social contributions, their fit for the award, and their community engagement. These scores are tallied across the judging panel and the winner is selected based on those scores.
Finalists will be notified mid-September and winners will be announced during our WEGO Health Awards Ceremony in October 2017.
No. Any patient advocate, influencer, or expert is eligible to win, no matter where they are on their journey or how big their community or communities. In fact, we have a few award categories tailored specifically to Patient Leaders who are just starting their advocacy journey.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the WEGO Health Awards. We’d love to talk with you about the options for donating something to our prize pack. Please email us at email@example.com ,
Each award is judged on an individual basis. Due to this fact, it is possible for a Patient Leader to be a finalist (or a winner) of more than one category. This doesn’t happen very often, but it is not against the rules.
WEGO Health Award Winners aren’t committed to anything specific, but we do like to work with them as much as possible following the WEGO Health Awards. This can include featuring them on our sites, connecting them with our sponsors for paid gigs, or inviting them to speaking engagements. The WEGO Health Awards are truly a way to recognize the talents of these inspiring individuals and we strive to do just that.
Send any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org , ‘WEGO Health Awards Question.’
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