Are you getting excited for the #HAAwards celebration?! Because we sure are!
Our Patient Leader network is straight up awesome.
Whether you’re cracking someone up, offering inspiration to keep fighting or offering support – you all have made an impact on another’s life. You all are creating change. And you all deserve to be celebrated!
Which is why we are bringing you a week jam packed with webinars, Twitter Chats, giveaways, podcasts and more December 5th-9th, 2016.
First things first, no you do not have to buy a ticket to Boston! (It’s snowing here, believe us you wouldn’t want too!) Our entire celebration is virtual, so you can join in anywhere around the globe.
Now, let’s get down to business:
Have you signed up for our Thunderclap campaign? 9am EST on December 5th, all of our Thunderclap supporters will shout from the rooftops that our Awards celebration is kicking off! If you haven’t added your support yet, do it today!
WEGO Health will be kicking off the celebration with a Facebook Live video on Monday morning at 10am EST. Be sure to join us to add where your from and what you community you advocate for. We love to give shoutouts to our community members.
Each day of the week, we will be focusing on a different theme within the advocacy community. To provide you with as many tips and tricks to improve your advocacy. Throughout the day, we will be sharing numerous resources, on our social channels, that align with this theme. And don’t miss the podcast interviews we’ll be sharing on our feeds. Shane Shultz, from Speaking to the Heart Radio Network, has graciously interviewed our finalists on his podcast. Each day we’ll be releasing these podcast episodes, so keep a close eye on our feeds for them!
Improve Your Advocacy Efforts With Industry Experts
You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a number of webinars, all illustrating ways to improve your advocacy efforts. We are happy to announce we have a variety of hosts within the industry, including marketing gurus and even representatives from the FDA. You must register for these webinars and space is limited!
Day of the Week
|Monday 12/5||3pm||Missy Voronyak|
Strength in Words: Finding your Blogspiration
Have you lost that blogging feeling? Join veteran blogger and social media pro Missy Voronyak for this webinar to reignite your passion for blogging! She’ll share inspiring stories of health advocacy bloggers making a difference and give you fresh, creative ways to approach your blog content to help you get un-stuck and back to inspiring others.
|Tuesday 12/6||3pm||WEGO Julie & WEGO Kristen|
Who is WEGO Health?
Learn our mission and all about the opportunities we have at WEGO Health for you.
|Wednesday 12/7||11am||Marie Ennis-O’Connor|
How to Rock Social Media
Do you want to grow your social media following? Are you looking to make an impact online? Then this webinar is for you. In it you will learn platform power tips for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram including how to:
|Thursday 12/8||3pm||Andrea Furia-Helms & Steve Morin|
How We Involve Patients and Advocates
This presentation will provide an overview of FDA’s Office of Health and Constituent Affairs, patient engagement milestones and programs, and opportunities for how patient advocates can get involved in FDA activities.
|Friday 12/9||11am||WEGO David|
Don’t miss out on a demo of our new patient leader program, Experts.
Join our Twitter Chat to Share Your Best Advice
We also invite you to join our daily Twitter Chats! Each chat will focus on that day’s theme and will feature the finalists of the award categories being announced that evening. We encourage everyone to join the TwitterChat discuss and share their thoughts. Twitter Chats will be held daily at 1pm EST. Jump on over to Twitter and use #HAChat.
Day of the Week
|Monday 12/5||1pm||Come join the finalists for Best in Show Twitter, Best in Show Instagram and Best in Show Youtube for a discussion surrounding different medium contents. Images, videos, written content – there are numerous ways to get your story out there. What’s the best one and what are tips to make them effective? Jump in and learn how to better utilize these platforms!|
|Tuesday 12/6||1pm||Who better to help us lead a discussion on building community and engagement than the finalists for Best in Show Blog and Best in Show Community? What are go to strategies for engaging with your networks, what apps or tools can be utilized and what challenges are there when building online community? Join the discussion and take away advice for building a community and fostering engagement.|
|Wednesday 12/7||1pm||What kind of content do you publish on your social channels? How do you decide what to post? How do you get around the Facebook algorithm? During this chat, we’ll be joined by the finalists from Best in Show Facebook and Best in Show Pinterest. In the end, let’s all improve our content engagement and show up more in people’s feeds!|
|Thursday 12/8||1pm||Why did you start your online patient advocacy journey? We each have different angles and why’s behind what we started, but there is so much we can learn from each other’s journeys. Joined by Best Kept Secret, Hilarious Health Activists, and Advocating For Another finalists, we’ll be discussing the why’s behind your advocacy!|
|Friday 12/9||1pm||Raise your hand if you believe sharing your story is important! We can definitely agree that sharing your patient/caregiver experience is exponentially helping others around the world. In this #HAchat, we’ll be joined by finalists in the Lifetime Achievement, Health Activists Hero, Best Team Performance, and Rookie Of The Year awards categories to discuss storytelling and patient advocacy.|
With so much going on, we want to give you credit for participating! The more you engage, the more chances you have to win prizes. And who doesn’t like free stuff?
We will be hosting a giveaway each day, with 2 big giveaways on Friday.
There are 4 ways to enter win:
- Fill out your public profile. In order to participate in awesome WEGO Health opportunities, we need to make sure we have your correct information. Complete a new profile, or update an existing profile, and we’ll give you TWO extra entries into the giveaway bucket! Click here to create or update your WEGO Health profile.
- Answer our discussion questions. Each day we will be blasting out a Discussion Question on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. These discussion questions will explore patient advocacy (we promise they’ll be fun!). Questions will be released daily at 7:30am and 12pm EST. To be entered to win that day’s giveaway, you must submit your answers by 5pm EST. Answers submitted after 5pm will be entered to win the big giveaways on Friday but will not be entered for that day’s prize.
- Attend a webinar. Yeah, this one is pretty awesome. Attend a webinar, learn tons of cool tricks and you’re automatically entered to win a prize. Winning!
- Attend a Twitter Chat. Another awesome way to win. Participate in the discussion during your lunch break and you’ll be entered to win great prizes.
Let’s Meet Up In Real Life!
This year, the WEGO Health Network team will be hosting the Awards week celebration from Pittsburgh, PA. During the week, Julie, Jackie and Kristen will be hosting a meetup for any local patient leaders. We’d love to be able to put face to a name!
Join us December 7th, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:00pm EST at Local Bar + Kitchen 1515 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. To learn more and to sign up to attend, click here!
And The Winner Is . . .
And don’t forget about all of our nominees! We had close to 2000 nominees this year, each more inspiring than the next. Take a moment and scroll through these amazing patient leaders.
During these live feeds on the WEGO Health Facebook page, we’ll not only announce the award winners of that day, but we’ll announce the daily winner of our giveaway.
Day of the Week
Award Categories Announced
Time of Winner Announcement (EST)
Come Celebrate The Patient Voice
Here at WEGO Health, we’re proud of each and every one of you. Make sure to come and participate in our virtual celebration in honor of each and every one of you.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to get this party started!
Together, we can be the positive change we want to see in healthcare.