8th Annual WEGO Health Awards

Recognizing Patient Leaders that are making a positive impact

The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. It provides the opportunity for community members to thank and support the Patient Leaders and patient-centric initiatives they admire. 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. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone! 

Win a Trip to HLTH in Las Vegas

Winners will receive a prize pack valued at over $7,000 which includes airfare and accommodations to be a featured Patient Leader during the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas, NV October 2019. See below for more details on the 2019 Prize Pack. 

“Winning the WEGO Health Awards provided me with the recognition that my time and efforts were being noticed and beginning to have an impact on the way Patient Leaders are viewed by the larger healthcare organizations and conferences.” Amanda Greene, 2018 Healthcare Collaborator Winner

How it Works


Nominate the exceptional patient advocates, influencers and organizations who make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers.

Who should you nominate? Think about the advocates you see leading FB groups and Twitter chats, presenting at conferences, collaborating with industry, publishing articles, podcasts and so much more! Don’t forget to nominate the companies working with these Patient Leaders as well.


Endorsements are a way to give nominees a visual show of support.

During this period, each nominee will receive an Endorsement badge to post on their social sites as well as a badge in their WEGO Health Awards profile. You’ll then be able to endorse the nominees which you support!

The top 3 endorsed nominees within each category become automatic finalists. Check out the Nominee Directory to endorse your favorites.

Looking for graphics to download to share your nomination? Log on to the WEGO Health platform to download them here.



Our celebration will span two ceremonies allowing as many Patient Leaders to take part!

September 18th – 20th, 2019, we will host a virtual ceremony announcing the winners within each category. This ceremony will be held on Facebook.

Then in October, winners will be invited to an in-person celebration at the HLTH Conference October 27th – 30th, 2019.

2019 WEGO Health Awards Timeline

Announcing the Finalists

Our network judging panel will go through over 4,000+ nominations to select semi-finalists and finalists of this year’s WEGO Health Awards. Finalists will be announced Friday, September 6th, 2019.

Finalists will be notified via email and announced on the WEGO Health blog and social channels. Please note, 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. Finalists will be selected based on their relevance to that particular award, and the information you provide will help determine their likelihood to win.
  • Determining 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.

    View the finalists judging panel.

    Announcing the Winners

    The winners of the 2019 WEGO Health Awards will be announced during our virtual celebration September 18th- 20th, 2019. This online celebration with span across all social media platforms, allowing Patient Leaders from across the globe to participate. Be sure to join our daily Facebook Lives, Twitter Chats, giveaways & more!

    Prize Pack & Live Celebration

    The winners will then be invited to an in-person honorary celebration during the HLTH Conference in October.


    Winners will receive a prize pack valued at over $7,000 which includes:

    • Airfare and accommodations to the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas, NV
    • WEGO Health Awards presentation & reception at the HLTH Conference
    • Personalized WEGO Health Awards plaque
    • Opportunity to share your patient expertise on patient panels, roundtables and Table Talks with other industry leaders at the HLTH Conference
    • Participate as social media ambassadors in the lead up to the conference and live during the event
    • Compensated 2020 WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board member

    “Winning my award gave me a chance to collaborate with various industry leaders and level up my advocacy. Without WEGO Health, I might not have made these connections myself.”– Justin Birckbichler, 2018 Hilarious Patient Leader Winner

    Highlights from last year


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