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How Patient Advocates can make the most of Awareness Holidays

Raising awareness about a disease or health concern can be an excellent means to foster an appreciation for patients and families, encourage donations to research, or even education about preventative measures. Awareness holidays offer major opportunities to get the word out about a specific disease or overall community. Patient advocates can take advantage of this larger platform to share their personal stories and have an even greater impact on the communities they represent. Below are a few tips on how to prepare for and capitalize on awareness holidays!

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Revealing the Power of Digital Health: An ePharma 2017 Recap

The standard of healthcare in this day and age has been raised. Patients are no longer waiting for change to occur. We have become drivers of our own care.

Meanwhile, there has been immense growth in the wide world of healthcare social media. Physicians are taking to the interwebs to share insights amongst one another. Hospitals are collaborating with health organizations to help provide credible information online. Patients have become influencers, using their health experiences and expertise to shift old-fashioned views and co-design new care models that are in alignment with their utmost needs. But where does Pharma fit in this new digital age of healthcare?

This year at ePharma 2017, an annual conference where global leaders in digital and pharmaceutical marketing come together to develop innovative strategies in healthcare, the main theme focused primarily on various perspectives showcasing connected health aiming to center patient-centric care during its three-day event.

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6th Annual WEGO Health Awards Schedule of Events

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.

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Webinar Replay: Freelance Consultants & the Gig Economy: Tips to Optimize Success

When it comes to your health, we believe you are the Expert. We also believe healthcare has a lot to learn from you as the patient. Which is why we introduced, WEGO Health Experts.

At its core, WEGO Health Experts brings the “sharing economy” to health care.  The Experts platform is designed to showcase your professional strengths and patient expertise as a blended skillset, delivering unique value to clients!

So if you are ready to start getting paid for the value you can provide the industry, join us, along with consultants and clients from WEGO Health Experts, as we dive into strategies and tips to:

– Optimize your success as a healthcare freelance consultant in today’s gig economy
– Submit successful proposals
– Conduct business and interact with clients effectively
– Maximize your potential using the Experts platform
– Much more

Presented by WEGO Health’s Kym Martin, VP of Client & Talent Strategy, and Julie Cerrone, Patient Leader Network Director, this in-depth webinar will set you up to soar.


Kym is a nationally-recognized patient Expert, speaker and leader named as one of 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma (2x!) and breast cancer, Kym leverages 30+ years of cancer survivorship expertise, 20+ years of wellness practice and 10+ years of business development success to advance innovative solutions to benefit patients, caregivers and healthcare stakeholders. Kym leads efforts to ensure the WEGO Health Experts digital platform is the “go-to” DIY solution for healthcare clients to recruit, hire and strategically collaborate with outstanding patient and caregiver Experts on an array of freelance consulting projects. Kym is a proud member of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare. Off hours, she enjoys family fun, fitness, golf and honing her craft as a voice over artist.

How Do We Select The WEGO Health Award Winners?

With the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards in full swing, we’re gearing up for our judging phase. The three rounds of judging will ultimately lead us to our 16 WEGO Health Award Winners who will be announced during our virtual WEGO Health Awards Ceremony October 11th – 13th, 2017.

This year, the WEGO Health Award Winners will be invited to a live WEGO Health Awards Dinner at the 5th Annual Patient Advocacy Summit October 23rd, 2017!

Don’t forget! WEGO Health has a discount code for the Summit. When completing your registration use the code “WH200” for a $200 discount off of your registration! We’d love to see you there.

Semifinalist Judging Rounds

Once endorsements close on September 1st, 2017, we’ll assess each of the WEGO Health Award categories and identify the top three endorsed nominees. These individuals become automatic finalists within their respective categories.

To round out the top five finalists within each category, we will immediately begin the semifinalist judging rounds.

During these two rounds, our judging panel (made up of industry players and Patient Leader Network members just like you) will review all of the nominees within each of the 16 WEGO Health Award categories. Casting their votes, two final nominees within each category will be selected.

Reviewing all of the 2300+ nominations takes a lot of time and effort, so these judges definitely have their work cut out for them!

If you’d like to participate as a judge in the semifinalist rounds, click here to learn more and to sign up.

Finalist Judging Round

Once the top five nominees in each of the 16 WEGO Health Award categories are selected, we will announce the finalists on our social channels. You can expect these to be announced the week of September 25th, 2017.

From September 25th until October 6th, we’ll turn to our distinguished judging panel to help us select the winners of this year’s WEGO Health Awards. This year our panel is made up a diverse group from partners like IBM Watson Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Takeda, Tonic Life Communications and many others. We definitely suggest you go and take a look at this year’s judges – it’s an impressive panel!

These judges will review the top five finalists within each category and score each finalist within three categories:  fit for the award category, their use of social media, and their focus on sharing information and engaging with their followers and community.

Once the judge’s scorecards are in, we’ll tabulate the results and will announce our winners during the WEGO Health Awards Virtual Ceremony October 11th – 13th, 2017. During these three days of festivities, you can except twitter chats, live ceremonies to give way the WEGO Health Awards and more! Make sure to join our Thunderclap campaign to help kick off the celebration.

Our judging process has been carefully crafted over the years, taking notes and advice from our Patient Leader Network along the way. Between the endorsements, which allows us to have a “people’s choice” aspect, and the judging rounds, which allows each of the nominees to be reviewed for content and work, we believe our WEGO Health Awards select the best of the best each year.

Who will win this year?

You’ll just have to hold tight and wait and see.

We’re just as anxious as you are!


Julie Cerrone WEGO Health HeadshotJulie Cerrone is the Patient Leader Network Director at WEGO Health. Working with WEGO Health as a Patient Leader prior to joining the WEGO Health team, Julie wakes up every day motivated to help raise the patient voice. Follow Julie on Twitter, Facebook and on her personal blog.

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