Category: WEGO Health Awards

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.

6th Annual WEGO Health Awards – Endorsements Are Open!

Endorsements are now open in the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards.

So, what does that mean for you, WEGO Health Nominee?

Take a moment, and read the following, as it will help to give you an understanding of what’s to come over the next few months. We’re extremely excited to head into this phase and are looking to you to keep the momentum going!


First things first, nominations WILL remain open until endorsements close midnight, September 1st, 2017. At this time, both nominations and endorsements will stop.

You may be thinking, “but I thought nominations were over on July 7th, 2017?”

And you’d be right. They were supposed to be! But we’ve decided to keep them open to ensure that all who deserve to be nominated can be nominated.

So make sure no Patient Leader is left out and honor them with a nomination today!


#WEGOHealthAwards Winners Series Podcast: Jessica Gimeno

Some people would say all superheroes can fly, however, here at WEGO Health- we don’t believe the cape says it all. Day in and day out, we see thousands of incredible patient leaders- striving for change, pushing the limits and stepping into the action to change healthcare for the better. The #WEGOHealthAwards Winners Series podcast had the chance to sit down with the 2016 Patient Leader Hero Award winner, Jessica Gimeno, to learn just what super powers keep her going!

She may not be an actual superhero, but Jessica is certainly a warrior. She fights five illnesses daily: bipolar II, polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, psoriasis, and the neuromuscular autoimmune disease Myasthenia Gravis (MG).  Her blog, Fashionably ill: The Sick Woman’s Stylist helps people survive chronic illness with a touch of style and humor.   Inspired by her own health challenges, Jessica is on a mission to helps sick women feel confident despite changes in their appearance.  (more…)

#WEGOHealthAwards Winners Series Podcast: Barby Ingle

Year in and year out we come across Patient Leaders who continue to change the health world. These Patient leaders are true stars who continue to shine and don’t fit into just one category.  Basically, they’ve done it ALL!

During the WEGO Health Awards, we like to recognize these Patient Leaders with the Lifetime Achievement award. Last year,  we celebrated Patient Leader Barby Ingle as the Lifetime Achievement award winner.


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