Announcing The 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards

It seems like only yesterday we tied the ribbon on our last Patient Leader Survival kit and sent it out to our 14 WEGO Health Activist Awards Winners.

But, guess what Patient Leader Network? It’s that time again!

The WEGO Health team is ready for another year of recognizing and celebrating #PatientLeaders in the online health community. Are you?

New This Year To The WEGO Health Awards

The 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards are here and we’re kicking it off with a bang! This year is sure to be our biggest and best WEGO Health Awards cycle ever.

To start, we’d like to let you know of a few changes we’re bringing to the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards:


1) We’ve rebranded our program from the “WEGO Health Activist Awards” to the “WEGO Health Awards”.

Originally coined the “WEGO Health Activist Awards” in 2011, this program was created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Patient Leaders. You may have noticed that within the last few months, WEGO Health has undergone a facelift. With this, we’ve made the decision to rebrand the WEGO Health Activist Awards to the WEGO Health Awards.

Don’t worry, our mission is the same. The WEGO Health Awards seek to recognize and champion the work of patient advocates, influencers, and experts helping others and transforming healthcare.


2) With the rebranding of the program, we’ve added 3 NEW WEGO Health Award categories.

This year we’re excited to announce 3 brand new WEGO Health Award categories:

• Best in Show: Podcast
• Healthcare Collaborator: Company
• Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

With 16 WEGO Health Award Categories, there are opportunities to highlight the best and brightest patient advocates, influencers, and experts.

• Advocating for Another
• Best in Show: Blog
• Best in Show: Community/Forum
• Best in Show: Facebook
• Best in Show: Instagram
• Best in Show: Podcast *NEW
• Best in Show: Twitter
• Best in Show: YouTube
• Best Kept Secret
• Best Team Performance
• Healthcare Collaborator: Company *NEW
• Healthcare Collaborator: Patient *NEW
• Hilarious Patient Leader
• Patient Leader Hero
• Lifetime Achievement
• Rookie of the Year

Want the rundown on all of the award categories? Click here to view the 6th Annual WEGO Health award categories and nominate your favorite Patient Leader today.


3) We used WEGO Health Experts to hire 3 WEGO Health Awards Ambassadors.

To help us execute this year’s program, we looked to our WEGO Health Experts platform to find 3 top-notch Patient Leaders. These Leaders will be helping to ensure we’re engaging with the communities and serving each and every one of you to the highest possibly standard.


Sarah Kucharski  is our WEGO Health Awards Judging Ambassador and will be engaging top industry leaders to judge this year’s WEGO Health Awards. Sarah is a consultant, public speaker and advocate fostering the patient voice in medicine through storytelling, social media and design thinking for innovation. She has been a keynote speaker at Planetree’s International Conference on Patient-Centered Care and Connect AU’s Future Health Summit. Her solo presentations and panel contributions have been featured at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week, Doctors 2.0 & You, BC Kidney Days, Medicine X and MedCity News’ ENGAGE among others. Sarah also sits on the WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. To learn more about Sarah, check out her WEGO Health Experts profile.


If you interact with our WEGO Health Awards social media posts, then you’ll be engaging with Michael Joseph’s handy work. Michael Joseph is this year’s WEGO Health Awards Social Campaigns Ambassadors. Michael Joseph, PMP, is a seasoned professional with expertise in integrating health IT systems through innovative, cost-effective solutions that improve interoperability, scalability, and performance. As a leukemia survivor and patient advocate, he is dedicated to making healthcare more patient-centered, compassionate, accessible, effective and efficient. Mr. Joseph is passionate about solving complex problems in healthcare through the better use of IT, data and analytics. Click here to learn more about Michael Joseph on WEGO Health Experts.


We’d be nowhere without all of our nominees and that’s where Amanda Greene’s handy work comes into play. Amanda Greene is our WEGO Health Awards Nominees + Influencer Marketing Ambassador.  Amanda is an actively engaged patient activist. after living with Lupus (and other autoimmune conditions) for decades.  Amanda is the International Pain Foundation’s “Face of Lupus” and Advocacy Director.  She raises healthcare awareness from New York to Los Angeles for the Lupus Research Alliance and has been a megaphone for the patient voice. As she says, “connecting and collaborating are the keys to transforming chronic conditions.” Amanda was recently featured in Jan Oldenburg’s book “Participatory Healthcare.  As @LAlupusLady online, she openly shares her perspectives of the patient journey. Want to know more? Check out Amanda’s WEGO Health Experts profile.


And that’s not all, but we don’t want to give it all away yet! Stay tuned for exciting news during this year’s annual WEGO Health Awards.


Celebrating the 2016 Winners

We’re excited to kick-off another cycle to honor 16 new WEGO Health Award winners, but the party doesn’t stop for our 5th Annual winners, finalists, and nominees! These tremendous Patient Leaders are out there making change in healthcare every day. They definitely are the ones to watch.

Want to learn more about these Leaders? Take a listen to the WEGO Health Podcast spotlighting these 2016 WEGO Health Award Winners or click here to check out their Nominee profiles.


Nominate Your Favorite Patient Leaders Today

Do you have a favorite health blogger? Perhaps you know the best patient tweeter? Or maybe you know someone working within healthcare to bring about change.

It’s time to brainstorm which Patient Leaders you want to recognize and then head over to the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards to nominate them today!

And don’t forget to join our virtual flash mob! Be sure to click here to add your support to our WEGO Health Awards Thunderclap campaign. Your support will help us kick off the WEGO Health Awards celebration October 11th, 2017. 

Who will win this year? They won’t have a chance unless you nominate. So, don’t delay – nominate today!

We’ll be turning to Facebook Live for updates throughout the WEGO Health Awards, we hope to see you there. 

Julie Cerrone WEGO Health HeadshotJulie Cerrone is the Patient Leader Network Director at WEGO Health. Working with WEGO Health as a Patient Leader prior to joining the WEGO Health team, Julie wakes up every day motivated to help raise the patient voice. Follow Julie on Twitter, Facebook and on her personal blog.

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