The WEGO Health team is overwhelmed by the amount of nominations we have received so far! We’re grateful to meet so many inspiring health activists and share in your achievements.
Now that nominations are underway, we wanted to take a minute to explain the process of this year’s program. It’s similar to People’s Choice Awards, allowing the general public to voice their opinions- but instead of celebrating actors and the top song of 2016- we are recognizing the individuals making a difference in the online health community. The Health Activist Awards consist of three separate phases: nominations, endorsements, and judging.
The Nomination period is currently open. We want to make sure all the health activists out there get recognized, so nominations will remain open until September 7th! Please note there is no endorsing during this period. Instead, feel free to retweet your nomination and share your achievement with your readers/followers. This will encourage your audience to visit the awards page and potentially nominate you for multiple different categories. By spreading the word of the award program, we can build a better community for our members. The stronger the online health community, the stronger the patient’s voice!
The Endorsement period will run September 12th to October 21st. Endorsements are a way to give nominees a visual show of support. During this period, each nominee will receive an Endorsement badge to post on all social platforms. The three nominees in each award category with the highest number of endorsements automatically become finalists so make sure your readers/followers know to endorse you – tweet it, post it, email it, blog it- just get it out there (and make sure to tag us, nothing makes us happier than some social media love)!
Judging will take place October 24th to November 18th. There are two rounds of judging; the first determines the five finalists of each category and the second round determines the final Health Activist Award winner.
- Opening Round: Although the three nominees with the highest number of endorsements are automatic finalists, two additional finalists will be determined by a distinguished judging panel based on a number of factors, not simply endorsements.
- Second/Final Round: After the five finalists are chosen, judges will score each of them based on their use of social media, their fit for the award, and how effectively they engage their online community. WEGO Health will tally these scores and announce the winners at our annual WEGO Health Activist Awards Ceremony.
The Health Activist Awards week will take place December 5th-December 9th, concluding with the actual Awards Ceremony. We absolutely cannot wait to see what this year’s award program brings! Make sure to keep nominating your fellow health activists and spread the word of the Health Activist Awards! Best of luck!