In 2011, the WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower patient leaders. Considering 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.
With 16 different award categories, it is the only program to recognize patient leaders across all condition areas and platforms; whether running an online support group, speaking at conferences or sharing creating captivating TikToks documenting their health journey, there is truly an award category to recognize every patient leader out there.
For 10 years, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to honor, recognize, and celebrate the work of patient advocates, influencers and healthcare collaborators who are changing the patients’ lives and transforming healthcare – often without any formal recognition.
Last year, we received over 15,000 nominations and over 130,000 endorsements. Various rounds of judging narrowed it down to just 96 finalists and ultimately 16 WEGO Health Award winners who were honored during a virtual ceremony and now sit as a compensated WEGO Health Advisory board member.
We’re thrilled to be partnering with HLTH for a third year in a row to celebrate the 10th Annual WEGO Health Awards. Keep reading to learn more about the program, timelines and prize pack!
Learn more about how the WEGO Health Awards work:
Open June 1st-July 31st
Think of nominations as a way to recognize your favorite patient leaders for the work they are doing. With 16 award categories, it’s easy to show your appreciation for all the patient advocates in your life. To start nominating, simply click here.
🏆 Tip for Nominees: Share out your WEGO Health profile and ask your community to recognize you for the WEGO Health Awards. Don’t be afraid to post to social, reach out to foundations, and include in any email correspondence. Your work deserves to be recognized! Once you’re nominated, you’ll receive a Nominee Media Kit for easy sharing.
Open July 1st – Jul 31st
This period provides a community-choice aspect of the program. Endorsements are a way to give nominees a visual show of support for a specific nomination, think of it as “liking” a post or photo on social media. For instance, if a nominee is nominated for Best in Show: Twitter, and you believe they deserve this recognition, your endorsement is the perfect way to show your support.
The top three most-endorsed nominees in each of the 16 categories will automatically become finalists. However, it’s not the only way to become a finalists. Three additional finalists will be selected through numerous rounds of judging where endorsement count and community size is not considered.
🏆 Tip for Nominees: Grab Your Endorsement Badge | Once endorsements open (in July!), navigate to the ‘Awards’ tab, of your WEGO Health profile. Here you will be able to download images and badges to put on your sites to gain endorsements. We invite you to keep your badge up once endorsements are closed to proudly display your accomplishment.
We host multiple rounds of judging, after all, we receive thousands of nominations! Judges will be using the information provided in the nominee’s WEGO Health profile to review and score.
There are six finalists in each award category. To ensure the integrity of the program, half of the finalists will be determined through endorsement count and half will be selected through our judging process. Finalists are selected in two ways:
1. The top three endorsed nominees within a WEGO Health Award category automatically move on as finalists.
2. The subsequent three finalists in each category are selected by our network judging panelists. Finalists will be selected based on their relevance to that particular award and the information provided in a nominee’s profile. The finalist judging panels are comprised of past award winners, foundations, and organizations.
Once the top six finalists in each WEGO Health Award category have been selected, we’ll announce the finalists on our blog and then move into the final round of judging.
Selecting the Winners
Top industry experts and sponsors convene to review the six finalists in each category 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 Virtual Ceremony.
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.
🏆 Tip for Nominees: Update Your Profile | Having a completed WEGO Health profile allows judges to gain a comprehensive understanding of your mission.
September & October
We’re excited to partner with HLTH for the third year in a row to honor patient leaders on healthcare’s biggest stage. Winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on September 23, 2021 and will be invite to an in-person celebration at the HLTH Event in Boston, MA this October.
It goes without saying, health and safety is our number one priority, especially when many of our participants are at risk for COVID. The last few months have consisted of multiple discussions, polls, and surveys to gage the community’s comfort level with an in-person celebration. Unsurprisingly, the results were evenly split with so many unknowns in the coming months.
While we will continue with our annual virtual celebration in September this year, we will also invite all winners to attend an in-person celebration in Boston, MA at HLTH this October if they feel comfortable. HLTH is ensuring their event is a COVID-safe environment and recently announced those who attend must be vaccinated. You can learn more about their guidelines here. Of course, winners are not required to travel and are encouraged to do what’s best for them and their health.
The WEGO Health Awards, in partnership with HLTH, present the 2021 WEGO Health Awards Prize Pack:
• Airfare and accommodations to the HLTH Event in Boston, MA (3 nights)
• Compensated WEGO Health 2022 Patient Leader Advisory Board Seat (estimated cash value $1500)
• WEGO Health Awards presentation & reception at the HLTH Conference
• Featured as a world’s top patient expert at the HLTH Conference, as well as industry exposure opportunities throughout the year
• Recognized HLTH social media ambassador
• Access to all evening networking receptions at HLTH including the Innovators’ Reception, Women at HLTH Reception, and Industry Night
• Personalized WEGO Health Awards plaque
We encourage you to view all of the current WEGO Health Awards nominees in the nominee directory
We are so eager for another season of celebrating patient leaders. There are so many tremendous patient advocates, influencers, and collaborators out there doing powerful work – we look forward to shining a much deserved spotlight on them!