How The WEGO Health Awards Work

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 healthcare collaborators who are helping others and transforming healthcare – often without any formal recognition.

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 offer 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.

Considering 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.

The WEGO Health Awards can be broken into the following phases:

June 3rd – July 28th

The nomination period is currently open! We want to make sure all the Patient Leaders out there get recognized, so nominations will remain open until July 28th. 

Please note there are no endorsements during the initial nominations period (June 3rd-June 30th). Instead, feel free to retweet your nomination and share your achievement with your readers/followers. This will encourage your audience to visit the WEGO Health Awards page and potentially nominate you for multiple categories or leave a testimony on your public Awards profile. By spreading the word about the WEGO Health Awards program, we can build a better community for our members. The stronger the online health community, the stronger the patient’s voice!

Please note each nomination is manually reviewed and approved by our team to ensure the integrity of the program. Please allow 1-3 business days for the nomination to process. We will then contact the nominee to alert them of their nomination and invite them to create a WEGO Health Awards profile for our nominee directory. Not providing an email address for the nominee will delay the notification process.

Who should be nominated? Who can win a WEGO Health Award?
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.
How did you come up with the categories? Can I only use those to nominate someone?
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.
How do I nominate someone?
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 WEGO Health 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.
Can I nominate myself?
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.
How will I know if I am nominated?
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 advocacy.
Visitors will be able to see all of our nominees – and endorse them during the endorsements phase – in the WEGO Health Nominee Directory.

July 1st – July 28th

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 their blogs.

The three nominees in each WEGO Health 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).

What is an endorsement?
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.
What happens when I endorse a nominee? Is it the same as voting?
Endorsements were created to give network 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 WEGO Health 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.
Can I endorse more than one person?
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.
Do likes/tweets count as endorsements?
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.
Can I still become a finalist if I do not get a high number of 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 our judging panelists through numerous additional factors aside from endorsements. This occurs within the first round of our judging process.

August 5th- September 6th

We host multiple rounds of judging, after all, we receive thousands of nominations! The finalists are selected in one of two ways.

First, the top three endorsed nominees within a WEGO Health Award category automatically move on as finalists. The subsequent two finalists in each category 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 provided in a nominee’s profile.

Once the top five finalists in each WEGO Health Award category have been selected, we’ll announce the finalists on our blog and then move into the second round of judging.

Top industry experts convene to review the five finalists in each category 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 Online Ceremony.

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.

I want to be a judge for the WEGO Health Awards. How can I do that?
If you’re interested in participating, please email us at with the subject line ‘Be a Judge’ for additional details.
Can judges be nominees or WEGO Health Award winners?
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.
How do you pick your judges?
We have many Patient Leaders, patients, caregivers, industry leaders, previous winners, finalists and Patient Leader Network members who connect with us throughout the year. Many of them express interest in being involved with 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. WEGO Health also hires a Judging Ambassador to help us confirm and work with these judges.
How do you score the nominees? What criteria do judges use when selecting semi-finalists, finalists, and winners?
Judges score nominees on the following criteria:
• 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 advocacy journey?)
• 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 of information and overall engagement | How well does this Patient Leader balance sharing of their own content with the sharing of others’ content and information?

September – October

Our celebration will span two ceremonies allowing as many Patient Leaders as possible to take part!

We will host a virtual ceremony September 18th – 20th, 2019, during which we will announce the winners within each category. This ceremony will be held on the WEGO Health’s social channels. Announcements will be made on Facebook, with activities and chats occurring on both Twitter and Instagram.

Winners will be awarded an AMAZING WEGO Health prize pack valued at over $7,000.

Then in October, winners will be invited to an in-person celebration at the HLTH Conference October 27th – 30th, 2019, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

This year we’re ecstatic to announce the WEGO Health Awards partnership with HLTH – the largest and most important conference for health innovation. Not only will our 2019 WEGO Health Award winners be honored during a presentation and reception at HLTH, but they will play an active role in contributing insights during the conference.

Prize Pack valued at $7,000

  • Airfare and accommodations to the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas, NV
  • WEGO Health Awards presentation & reception at the HLTH Conference
  • Personalized WEGO Health Awards plaque
  • Opportunity to share your patient expertise on patient panels, roundtables and Table Talks with other industry leaders at the HLTH Conference
  • Participate as social media ambassadors in the lead up to the conference and then live during the event
  • Position as compensated 2020 WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board member

More questions? Please feel free to refer to the WEGO Health Awards FAQ Page.

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