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Social Health Awards 2023 | How It Works

The Social Health Awards are kicking off to celebrate patient leaders from around the globe. The Social Health Awards empower and celebrate those leading the online health community - because the work of patient leaders is something to celebrate! Health Union’s extensive research into social health has found 95% of individuals use social resources for…
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Replay: The Story You Need to Tell Writing Workshop

April Johnson Stearns, founder and editor in chief of WILDFIRE Magazine, led a writing workshop for Social Health Network Health Leaders interested in using their voice to advocate for themselves and others in a meaningful and effective way. In case you weren't able to catch the workshop live, you can now watch the recording below.…
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Community Views: Becoming a Patient Leader

The journey of advocacy takes many twists and turns. For some, it is easy to get started, while for others it takes time to find a niche. Reaching the point where you identify as a patient leader can take time. Ultimately, you realize that you are having a real impact on the health and well-being…
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Impact of Social Health and Community on Living With Illness

Social health communities positively impact life with illness. Connecting with others and sharing stories is powerful. You share triumphs and challenges. It changes how you feel about your condition. We recently asked members of the Social Health Network, “What impact has social health/social media/community had on you?” You shared the significant influence social health communities…
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Patient Leadership Council: 2023 Goals

Each year, we have our Social Health Award winners join a small group of carefully selected Health Leaders to give feedback on Health Union projects, called the Patient Leadership Council (PLC). We work together at meetings throughout the year, getting to know each other and generating ideas together. At the end of our year together,…
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Our Health Leaders’ Proudest Moments From 2022

The end of the year is often a time for reflection. Many moments make up those 365 days. We asked patient leaders to think about the last year. On the Social Health Network Facebook page, we asked, “In terms of advocacy, what are you most proud of this year?” Patient leaders made many strides in…
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