Now that we have the best of the best in patient advocacy nominated for the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards, it’s time for the voting to commence!
We’re proud to announce we’ve received close to 2,500 nominations and almost 30,000 endorsements this WEGO Health Award’s season. We’re blown away by the work of these tremendous patient leaders. The nominees have inspired us all here at WEGO Health and, once again, reminded us why we do what we do.
The only downside to having so many admirable, hardworking nominees is that we have to pick just 16 winners. Luckily, we have a panel of over 150 distinguished judges who are excited to help recognize and celebrate our nominees and of course determine our 16 winners!
The three nominees in each WEGO Health Award category with the highest number of endorsements will automatically become finalists.
In our semi-final round of judging, two additional nominees will be chosen to become finalists from the remaining nominees in that WEGO Health Award category. The semi-finalist judging panel is already hard at work reviewing each and every nominee.
The judging panel will be using the following criteria to help score each of the candidates.
- Fit For the Award: How well does this person fit the category they are nominated for? (i.e. If they are nominated for Rookie of the Year, have they only recently started their activism?)
- Use of Social Media: How well does this Patient Leader use social media for their activism? Are they active, engaged and responsive on their networks? Are they a power user of social media and active on multiple profiles?
- Focus on Sharing Information and Engagement: How well does this Patient Leader balance sharing their own content with the sharing of others content and information?
The top 5 finalists within each WEGO Health Award category will be announced September 25, 2017.
Celebrating Patient Leaders
Patient Leader Online Flashmob
We’re having a Patient Leader virtual flashmob to kick off our WEGO Health Awards celebration. We’re asking all #PatientLeaders to support our Thunderclap campaign to highlight the importance of the patient voice and the start to our fabulous celebration! Don’t be left out – Join now.
Virtual Celebration October 11th – 13th, 2017
To ensure that Patient Leaders across the globe can participate, we’ll hold our virtual WEGO Health Awards celebration October 11th – 13th, 2017. During these 3 action packed days, we’ll be hosting twitter chats and have many chances for you to interact with other Patient Leaders.
The 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards Winners will be presented on our social channels during October 11th – 13th, 2017.
Stay tuned as we finalize the schedule! Much more to come.
This year we’ve partnered with World Congress to help host the 5th Annual Patient Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC October 23rd – 24th, 2017. Click here to learn more about the summit.
The Summit will feature the annual WEGO Health Awards, live and in-person for the first time. This is something that WEGO Health has dreamed about since the inception of the awards program six cycles ago.
Each of the 6th Annual WEGO Health Award winners will be invited to the WEGO Health Awards ceremony dinner which will take place October 23rd, 2017.
Want to attend the Summit as well? We’re happy to offer a $200 savings on your registration when you use promo code “WH200” upon registering. Learn more and register here.
Share the Social Love
Don’t forget to use the #WEGOHealthAwards for any social media posts or pictures. Feel free to use the tweets below to share your excitement for the WEGO Health Awards
There are a lot more exciting details to come! Make sure to check back often as we update the schedule of events.
Congratulations to all of the 6th Annual WEGO Health Award Nominees! We can’t wait to see who will be this year’s 16 WEGO Health Award Winners.
Kristen Long is the Patient Leader Network Coordinator at WEGO Health. Her own health experiences have inspired her to empower other patients and encourage the power of patient advocacy. Check out her blog and follow Kristen on Twitter and Facebook.