How did the WEGO Health Awards get started? What are the WEGO Health Awards?
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 experts who are helping others and transforming healthcare–often without recognition.
Since 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.
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 offers 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.
How can I get involved?
We’d love to have you nominate all the great Patient Leaders you know–the ones who are working tirelessly on their social channels, speaking engagements, consulting gigs and other platforms.
We urge you to share the WEGO Health Awards with your friends, family, fans, followers, etc. Everyone is welcome to nominate and we want to make sure to recognize all the great leaders out there.
Tell me more about WEGO Health
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. We are the world’s largest network of Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.
Our network collaborates with startups, life sciences companies, non-profits, agencies, government, and all other types of organizations across healthcare. WEGO Health offers enterprise and on-demand solutions that allow organizations to leverage patient experience and expertise in the design, development, and promotion of their products and services.
Who are Patient Leaders and what is the Patient Leader Network?
A Patient Leader uses his or her own health journey to raise awareness, to share knowledge, and to help others. They leverage social media to amplify their voice, to connect with peers, and to build communities. Patient Leaders are the thought leaders and transformers that industry leaders turn to for insights and expertise when they need to build a more patient-centered, consumer-driven healthcare ecosystem.
Our Patient Leader Network includes more than 100,000 of these vetted patients and caregivers across virtually all health conditions and topics ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise. WEGO Health is committed to elevating the voice and visibility of Patient Leaders. Our network members receive exclusive invitations to paid market research opportunities, freelance consulting projects, and crowdsourced promotions, to name a few. Click here to learn more about our Patient Leader Network.
What are the WEGO Health Awards categories?
The distinct WEGO Health Awards we present highlight numerous Patient Leaders in different phases of their health journey. We encourage all patient advocates, influencers, and experts to nominate those who deserve recognition for their work.
The 16 award categories for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards are:
- Advocating for Another
- Best in Show: Blog
- Best in Show: Community/Forum
- Best in Show: Facebook
- Best in Show: Instagram
- Best in Show: Podcast
- Best in Show: Twitter
- Best in Show: YouTube
- Best Kept Secret
- Best Team Performance
- Healthcare Collaborator: Company
- Healthcare Collaborator: Patient
- Hilarious Patient Leader
- Patient Leader Hero
- Lifetime Achievement
- Rookie of the Year
Who has won the WEGO Health Awards in previous years?
We’ve been lucky to have some fantastic winners over the last few years. Click here to meet them all.
How can I stay up-to-date on the latest WEGO Health Awards news?
Stay connected with WEGO Health and be sure to create and/or update your WEGO Health account. We’ll be posting WEGO Health Awards information on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, as well as on our blog.
Can I tweet, blog, Facebook, etc. about the WEGO Health Awards?
Yes – we’d love for you to share the WEGO Health Awards with your community members. Make sure you use the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Who should be nominated? Who can win a WEGO Health Award?
Anyone who is an active and leading member of an online community, and making a difference in healthcare, is eligible to be nominated. He or she should provide the community with valuable information and support to make a difference for other patients and caregivers. Nominees for an individual social channel award must have a presence on that particular social channel, of course.
Think about the advocates and influencers you see leading Facebook groups, blogging about their health journey, speaking up and giving insights to healthcare companies, presenting on national stages, and running Twitter chats. Patient Leaders have started non-profits, published podcast episodes, and authored books–there is no shortage of Patient Leaders’ contributions to the world, so let’s recognize as many of them as we can for their talents, contributions, and commitment.
How did you come up with the categories? Can I only use those to nominate someone?
The WEGO Health Awards were created based on Patient Leader feedback, and the same is true of the categories we use. They might change a bit each year, but they’re created with you and your community in mind. We’ll only be selecting winners for the categories listed in our nomination form, but we’re always open to suggestions.
How do I nominate someone?
Go to our WEGO Health Awards nominations page to get started. Tell us who you want to recognize, where you follow them online, and the award you think they should win. Once you’re finished nominating your favorite Patient Leader, feel free to share that nomination with your community or send a tweet with the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards. And be sure to nominate early and often; we want to recognize as many Patient Leaders as possible.
Can I nominate myself?
Of course. We hope you’ll reach out to your community and ask them to nominate their favorite members of the online health world, and that includes you; however, you’re more than welcome to nominate yourself as part of the process. Be sure to take a moment and recognize any of the great leaders that help you on a daily basis as well.
How will I know if I am nominated?
Each nominee will be notified via email and social media (as applicable) and will be given the chance to complete a unique Nominee Profile with additional information about themselves and their activism.
Visitors will be able to see all of our nominees – and endorse them – in the WEGO Health Nominee Directory. WEGO Health will also be recognizing nominees on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog, so be sure to follow along throughout the program.
Can I tell the person I nominated about the nomination? Can my nomination be anonymous?
That is entirely up to you. If you’d like to share your nomination with the nominee, your community, or others–go for it. It’s a great way to remind Patient Leaders how important they are to you and others in the community. However, if you’d rather keep your nomination anonymous, you can simply check the “anonymous” box on the nomination form. This will ensure that the nominee does not know who nominated them for the WEGO Health Award.
I’ve been nominated, but I’m not in the Nominee Directory. How do I get added?
The Nominee Directory was created to showcase all of our fantastic nominees and to give your community members a place to endorse you, so we definitely want to make sure you’ve been added.
As a nominee, you should receive an email, with your unique directory link included, 24-48 hours after your nomination. If you haven’t received this unique link, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll make sure to send the link to create your profile.
In your Nominee Profile, it’s especially important to share your story and your social links because your Nominee Profile will be shared with our panel of judges during the judging phase of the WEGO Health Awards. The more information you add to your Nominee Profile, the better chance you’ll have to stand out.
How long will it take for me to make my Nominee Profile?
It should only take a few minutes, but you can spend as much time as you’d like creating and adding to your Nominee Profile. Also, you’ll be provided with a login so you can access your Nominee Profile after it’s published and make any changes and updates. Remember, the more information you add to your Nominee Profile, the more appealing it will be to endorsers.
I made a mistake in my Nominee Profile. What can I do?
If you need to make a change in your Nominee Profile, all you need to do is login on the WEGO Health Awards site. At the top of the page in the right-hand corner, you will see a “sign in” option. Use the password you created when setting up your Nominee Profile. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues or additional questions.
What if I was nominated and want to withdraw the nomination?
We’re hoping that you’ll see your nomination as validation from your community members, but we do understand that it’s not for everyone. If you want to withdraw your nomination, please email us at email@example.com.
Where can I see all of the nominations?
You can view all of our nominees and finalists in the Nominee Directory. All nominees are featured in our Nominee Directory through their self-made profiles, as well as on the WEGO Health Facebook and Twitter pages. The Nominee Profiles will show the information the nominee chooses to display, as well as public nominations.
What are the dates for nominations to open and close?
Nominations open May 29, 2018 and you can make additional nominations until August 17, 2017.
Can I nominate more than one person?
Definitely. We’d love for you to recognize as many Patient Leaders as you’d like.
Are there requirements to nominate someone? (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?)
Certain categories do have requirements. For example, if someone is nominated for “Best in Show: Facebook,” they must be active on their Facebook page. The most important requirement though is that this person has made a difference for you and other patients and is making an impact in the healthcare world.
How do I choose the right award for my favorite Patient Leader nominees?
We recommend taking a moment to think about what your nominee does differently than others. What makes them special? What will impress our judges?
Do they blog or tweet all the time? If so, then nominate them for “Best in Show: Blog” or “Best in Show: Twitter.”
Is this person someone who has been around since the early days of patient advocacy? Maybe they deserve recognition in the “Lifetime Achievement” category.
Is this Patient Leader continually speaking at industry conferences and collaborating with healthcare organizations? They’d be the perfect nominee for “Healthcare Collaborator: Patient.”
We urge you to read all the WEGO Health award category descriptions and to nominate the Patient Leaders you think would be the best fit.
What type of Patient Leader should be nominated for the “Lifetime Achievement” Award? Is it required that they have advocated for a certain amount of time?
Is there someone you know who seems to fit ALL of the categories – someone who is rocking it on all channels and truly making a real change out there in the community? The “Lifetime Achievement” award celebrates the men and women who tirelessly spread awareness for their condition(s) through multiple channels and have been doing so for many years. There are no set standards to win this award, but these individuals truly represent the best of the best.
What if someone gets nominated that I don’t think should be recognized or should win?
WEGO Health does not nominate any Patient Leaders for any WEGO Health Awards. We leave the WEGO Health Awards open and we respect the community’s ability to choose the advocates that they think are best for the award categories. If you have a particular concern about one of the nominees, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I’m nominated, can I still nominate and/or endorse other nominees?
Yes, we encourage nominees to help spread the word and recognize their fellow Patient Leaders. We always look to our Patient Leader Network to ensure the best and brightest are nominated each year, so get out there, nominate, and endorse today.
How can I help raise awareness about my nomination within my community?
Get the news out there by tweeting, blogging, posting on Facebook, and using any social platforms you have to inform your communities about the nomination. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WEGOHealthAwards to increase your reach. Make sure your community knows that once the endorsements period opens, you’ll be looking to them to endorse your nomination.
What is an endorsement?
An endorsement is a way to give nominees a visual show of support. The endorsement button is on each Nominee’s Profile and you can also see the number of endorsements that each nominee has received. The three nominees with the highest number of endorsements will automatically become part of the five finalists for that award category.
What happens when I endorse a nominee? Is it the same as voting?
Endorsements were created to give community members a chance to participate in the WEGO Health Awards. Think of it as a way to give a shout-out or virtual hug to your favorite Patient Leaders.
In response to feedback from the community, the endorsement process helps select top Patient Leaders to move on to the finalist round. The three most endorsed nominees in each award category will automatically become a finalist. There are five finalists within each category and the final award winner is selected by our panel of distinguished judges.
So, if you are nominated for an award, make sure you ask your friends, family, and community members to take a moment to endorse your efforts.
Can I endorse more than one person?
While you can only endorse each person’s Nominee Profile once, you can endorse as many people as you like. If you want to spread the love and endorse others, feel free to do so. We’ll be accepting endorsements July 10th-August 17th, 2018.
Do likes/tweets count as endorsements?
While showing your support through Facebook likes or tweets is appreciated by the nominees, we will not be counting that form of social media support towards endorsements.
Can I still become a finalist if I do not get a high number of endorsements?
Yes. While the three nominees with the highest endorsement numbers in each category will automatically become finalists, the rest of the finalists will be determined by numerous additional factors aside from endorsements by our judging panelists.
Can nominees endorse each other?
Absolutely. We want the Patient Leaders to be able to support each other. You can only endorse each nominee once, but you can endorse as many nominees as you’d like.
Can I ask my community to endorse me?
Of course, use your community to your advantage. Contact your Facebook communities, your social groups, foundations that you work with, and more. Get your community involved, have them check out your Nominee Profile and show their support by endorsing you.
When does the endorsement process start? When does it stop?
We’ll be accepting endorsements July 10th-August 17th, 2018. On August 17, 2018, we will calculate the endorsements and identify those who have been automatically selected to be a finalist in each award category. The rest of the finalists will be selected through our judging process.
What happens at the end of the endorsement process?
Following the conclusion of the endorsement process, we will calculate the number of endorsements for each nominee and select the top three endorsed Patient Leaders in each category to become finalists. The judging process will then continue with the remainder of the nominees to select the rest of the finalists in each category. Upon selection of the finalists in each category, the full judging process will begin.
How do you pick the finalists?
The finalists are selected in one of two ways. First, the top three endorsed nominees within an award category automatically move on as a finalist. The subsequent two finalists 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 you provide will help determine their likelihood to win.
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.
How do you pick the winners?
Once the top five finalists in each award category have been selected, we move into the second round of judging. Top industry experts convene to review the five finalists 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 Ceremony.
I want to be a judge for the WEGO Health Awards. How can I do that?
If you’re interested in participating, please email us at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Be a Judge’ and we’ll give you additional details.
Can judges be nominees or WEGO Health Award winners?
We do allow those who were nominated to participate in the judging process. However, if a judge is nominated for a certain award, they are not allowed to judge that category. We also give the judge the option to either remove themselves from the running or give up their judge’s spot.
How do you pick your judges?
We have many Patient Leaders, patients, caregivers, industry leaders, previous winners, finalists and Patient Leader Network members who connect with us throughout the year who let us know that they’d love to be involved in the WEGO Health Awards. The WEGO Health team compiles a list of those enthusiasts throughout the year and connects with each before our WEGO Health Awards season. We then chat about the details, time commitment, and what is expected of the judges. Once they confirm they would like to officially participate, they are in.
How do you score the nominees? What criteria do judges use when selecting semi-finalists, finalists, and winners?
Judges score nominees on the following criteria:
- Fit for the Award
- How well does this person fit the category they are nominated for? (i.e. if they are nominated for Rookie of the Year, have they only recently started their Activism?)
- Use of Social Media
- How well does this Patient Leader use social media for their activism? Are they active, engaged, and responsive on their networks? Are they a power user of social media and active on multiple profiles?
- Focus on sharing of information and overall engagement
- How well does this Patient Leader balance sharing of their own content with the sharing of others’ content and information?
How is WEGO Health involved in the judging process?
The WEGO Health team is involved throughout the judging process; however, we are not the ultimate decision makers. We help facilitate the judging panels, but we rely primarily on the scores provided by our judging panel when ultimately scoring nominees.
What information are judges provided regarding nominees?
The judges are provided with all the information that is provided to us about the nominees. We give each nominee the opportunity to build a Nominee Profile where they can include a bio, links to their social channels, and anything they’d want the judges to know about their activism that may help them in the selection process. The judges who select the winner from the five finalists convene on a conference call to discuss each nominee with the other judges.
How many judges are involved in the process?
The number depends on the number of nominations we collect throughout the process. We’ve had up to 80 judges participate in the judging process. The more nominations we receive, the more judges we will need. During our first round of judging, we confirm we have enough judges to ensure each nomination is accurately reviewed and considered for the final two finalist spots for the award category. To learn more about our judges, click here.
Do the judges get anything for judging?
We feature each judge on our blog and give them shout-outs on all of our social channels. Each judge has the option to sponsor the WEGO Health Awards program.
Winners & Prizes
Who can win a WEGO Health Award?
Anyone who publicly focuses on health online is eligible. They can be involved with any health focus or condition, on any platform, and in any location. If they advocate for health, they can win. Employees of WEGO Health or their immediate family members are not eligible for these awards.
What does the winner get?
Winners will be announced publicly during our WEGO Health Awards ceremony in October 2018. Each winner will receive a WEGO Health Prize pack, including items donated by our sponsors, a feature on WEGO Health’s blog and social channels, and special access to WEGO Health opportunities throughout the year–including chances to speak at, or attend, conferences.
How do I win? And how will I know if I am the winner?
The WEGO Health Awards will be accepting nominations and endorsements through August 17, 2018. We will then start the judging phase of our program. We are pulling together judging panels comprised of your fellow Patient Leaders and industry leaders. These panels will review all of our nominations, select finalists, and then review each of the finalists, scoring them on their social contributions, their fit for the award, and their community engagement. These scores are tallied across the judging panel and the winner is selected based on those scores.
Finalists will be notified mid-September and winners will be announced during our WEGO Health Awards Ceremony in October 2018.
Do I have to have thousands of followers/readers/blogposts/etc. to win?
No. Any patient advocate, influencer, or expert is eligible to win, no matter where they are on their journey or how big their community or communities. In fact, we have a few award categories tailored specifically to Patient Leaders who are just starting their advocacy journey.
I’d like to donate something for the prize pack, how do I do that?
Thank you for your interest in supporting the WEGO Health Awards. We’d love to talk with you about the options for donating something to our prize pack. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll connect with you directly.
Can someone win more than one award?
Each award is judged on an individual basis. Due to this fact, it is possible for a Patient Leader to be a finalist (or a winner) of more than one category. This doesn’t happen very often, but it is not against the rules.
Does WEGO Health expect anything from the winners in the future?
WEGO Health Award Winners aren’t committed to anything specific, but we do like to work with them as much as possible following the WEGO Health Awards. This can include featuring them on our sites, connecting them with our sponsors for paid gigs, or inviting them to speaking engagements. The WEGO Health Awards are truly a way to recognize the talents of these inspiring individuals and we strive to do just that.
I have a question and/or a suggestion that isn’t listed here. What should I do?
Send any questions you have to email@example.com, with the subject line ‘WEGO Health Awards Question.’