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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?
How did you come up with the categories? Can I only use those to nominate someone?
How do I nominate someone?
Can I nominate myself?
How will I know if I am nominated?

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?
What happens when I endorse a nominee? Is it the same as voting?
Can I endorse more than one person?
Do likes/tweets count as endorsements?
Can I still become a finalist if I do not get a high number of endorsements?

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?
Can judges be nominees or WEGO Health Award winners?
How do you pick your judges?
How do you score the nominees? What criteria do judges use when selecting semi-finalists, finalists, and winners?

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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