The 2019 WEGO Health Awards turned out to be our biggest celebration yet! With over 6k nominations and 130k endorsements, we were able to celebrate more Patient Leaders than ever before.
The program celebrates the top 5 finalists in each of the 15 WEGO Health Awards categories, but with so many nominations, it’s nearly impossible to shine a bright light on all these deserving nominees! In hopes of recognizing even more nominees, we’ve compiled the Top 10 Patient Leaders in each category based on community endorsements.
WEGO Health Awards Best Kept Secret Award
The Internet is a vast place, making it nearly impossible to find all of the amazing content that exists. For the Best Kept Secret category, we turn to the Patient Leader Network for recommendations of who we should be following in hopes of shining a light on the hidden gems of the online health community. Take a moment to follow these inspirational leaders and you’ll quickly realize why they’re a Top 10 Best Kept Secret…
Natasha Tracy | Mental Health Patient Leader
2019 Best Kept Secret Winner
Natasha Tracy is an author, speaker and consultant who lives with bipolar disorder. She is considered a subject matter expert in depression and bipolar disorder and has written the acclaimed book: “Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression and Bipolar.” Natasha believes that quality, trustworthy, evidence-based information is critical for successful treatment decision-making and better outcomes.
PodcastDX | Rare Disease Patient Leader
PodcastDX is a weekly interview based podcast series. Patients provide experience based medical insight, in a peer to peer format. Many Americans turn to friends and family for support and advice when they have a health problem. Since people’s networks are expanding to include online peers, particularly in the crucible of rare disease, we decided to implement a podcast series to interview and discuss various diagnoses with actual patients. Health professionals remain the central source of information for most Americans, but “peer-to-peer healthcare” is a significant supplement.
Kait Bovard | Breast Cancer Patient Leader
Kait is a breast cancer warrior who shares her story to encourage and support others on their own cancer journeys. Diagnosed as a 21-year-old newlywed, she hasn’t let the lifechanging diagnosis stop her. Her motivational blog and social media posts offer both practical tips and hope.
Aliana Fichera | Rare Disease Patient Leader
As a child living with CVID & CRPS, Aliana has been committed to giving back from a young age. From spending her birthday each year using sidewalk chalk to create something for children in the hospital to look out and see to raising funds and awareness, Aliana is making a big impact.
Jenna Green | Multiple Sclerosis Patient Leader
Since Jenna’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2016, she has committed herself to bring awareness, support, education, and community to those who suffer from MS, invisible illnesses, chronic pain, and fatigue. She shares her own personal health journey while fundraising for the MS Society and speaking about how she copes with her autoimmune illness as a self-employed small business owner. She connects with her community on social media with her stories about real life including all the ups and downs of living with MS, running a business, and having an invisible illness ‘when you still look so good’.
Trevor Romain | Mental Health Patient Leader
Trevor has been speaking to children and working with children for over 30 years. He realized he had a natural ability to connect with children when he volunteered to visit terminally ill children at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. He quickly became known as the Doctor of Mischief, meaning he drove the kids crazy with his jokes and pranks, but at the same time giving them a trusting ear and hope for the future, whatever the future held. It was during these hospital visits that Trevor realized that adults sometimes tell children what they think they need to hear, instead of listening to what they are asking for. It was with this knowledge that Trevor wrote his series of best-selling self-help children’s books.
Don’t let these amazing Patient Leaders stay secrets any longer. Add them to your feed!