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Month: November 2012

Have you shared Multiple Myeloma & Your Bones?

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new Sharing Hub – Multiple Myeloma and Your Bones – and share new content with everyone in the Multiple Myeloma Online Community.

 

These shareable videos feature inspiring Health Activists Jack Aiello, Lori Puente of Riding the Wave – Multiple Myeloma, and Linda Baker of Walking with BigEZ offer topics that will interest patients and Health Activists alike. We know education is a key step toward empowerment so in addition to Lori, Jack and Linda, Dr Suzanne Lentzsch, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis Program at Columbia University Medical Center will discuss information on a treatment option. The videos provide an inside look at bone lesions and a Q&A section led by Lori, Jack, and Linda.

 

Check out Multiple Myeloma and Your Bones Sharing Hub, and share it with your community to help educate others and join in the conversation!

 

 

 

Nominate for: Best in Show

It’s WEGO Health Activist Awards season! Let’s celebrate the amazing things that members of the online health community did in 2012. Here at WEGO Health, we’ll be sharing our favorite parts of Health Activism now til the end of the year – and we hope you’ll join us. A great (and easy) way to say “thanks” and recognize the hard work of an advocate you know  is by nominating them for an award!

 

Best in Show Awards 2012

 

 

Best in Show: Blog 2012

Whose blog do you absolutely love? Their writing is exceptional, their “voice” admirable, and their writing is just really worth reading. You think anyone wondering why patients or caregivers would blog about health should read this Health Activist’s blog – it will make the case crystal clear. They have great info, raise awareness, and do whatever they can to help their community by using their blog. They may be active on numerous social platforms – but the blog is their bread and butter – and they are a great model of how to be a blogger.

 

Which blogger would you nominate for having an amazing blog?

Nominate them for Best in Show: Blog in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best in Show: Blog  – Pinterest Board to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

Last year’s winner of the Best in Show: Blog 2011 award went to Kerri Sparling of Six Until MeWatch her Award announcement video here.

 

 

Best in Show: Community/Forum 2012

Who has created an amazing online community or threaded forum that houses important conversations about health? Through their site or online space, they bring people together. Their leadership takes the form of active community management, engagement, and moderation. They’ve mastered the art of creating an inviting space for newcomers while still keeping a safe space that people have come to respect and rely on. This is a community or forum you’d recommend to new patients and family members or friends because it has it all.

 

Which online community should win Best in Show?

Nominate them for Best in Show: Community/Forum in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best in Show: Community/Forum- Pinterest Board to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

Last year’s winner of the Best in Show: Community/Forum 2011 award went to Jenni Prokopy of Chronic BabeWatch her Award announcement video here.

 

 

 

 

Best in Show: Facebook

Facebook is a community all of its own. Over the past few years it has transformed from a place for a personal profile to a real hub for discourse, conversation, and community. Who has the best Facebook Group or Page of anyone you know? They have balanced the tricky interface of Facebook and turned it into an opportunity to reach more people in a medium people are used to. They foster an environment that people want to “Like” and have a ton of interaction there every day. The leader of the group may have other sites – but he or she really exemplifies why Facebook can be used for good.

 

Whose Facebook community should be recognized?

Nominate them for Best in Show: Facebook in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best in Show: Facebook – Pinterest Board to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

Last year’s winner of the Best in Show: Facebook 2011 award went to Niki Lyre of RA Chicks FacebookWatch her Award announcement video here.

 

 

Best in Show: Twitter

It’s not easy to doing amazing things in only 140 characters – but there are some people who truly excel at it. There are Health Activists who have connected with others and raised awareness just by tweeting – let’s celebrate them with an award! Whether they’ve created their own Twitter chat or participate actively in others’ chats – they are the model of Twitter for health.

 

Who is a great tweeter/Twitterer?

Nominate them for Best in Show: Twitter in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best in Show: Twitter – Pinterest Board to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

Last year’s winner of the Best in Show: Facebook 2011 award went to Nate Osit @NateOsit. Watch his Award announcement video here.

 

Best in Show: Video

Some people have combined a bit off offline and online by taking their activism to video! These brave advocates star in videos as a way to connect with fellow patients and caregivers and they are great at it. You feel connected to them and to the cause just because their videos are so engaging. Nominate someone who is a video rock star and you think should be recognized for their contribution to

 

Nominate them for Best in Show: Video in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best in Show: Video – Pinterest Board to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

This is a brand new award for 2012 because every day more awesome advocates are utilizing videos to make a difference!

 

 

 

 

Remember: you can nominate as many people as you like! We will be taking nominations until December 31, 2012. Then, after nominations are closed, the  judging panel will begin reviewing finalists and selecting winners throughout the month of January. Read more about the process on our Awards FAQ page.

 

 

Nominate for: Best Ensemble Cast

It’s WEGO Health Activist Awards season! Let’s celebrate the amazing things that members of the online health community did in 2012. Here at WEGO Health, we’ll be sharing our favorite parts of Health Activism now til the end of the year – and we hope you’ll join us. A great (and easy) way to say “thanks” and recognize the hard work of an advocate you know  is by nominating them for an award!

 

Best Ensemble Cast 2012

 

 

There are Health Activists who work seamlessly alongside other advocates and make a great team. Together, they may lead organizations, co-write blogs, plan events, or run communities — but no matter what they do, they are really helping others. This ensemble has wide-reaching impact on the health community they lead and are making a difference. They may be two people or two thousand people – but they are worth awarding as a whole united group of advocates.

 

Which group of advocates would you like to commemorate?

 

Nominate them for Best Ensemble Cast in 2012!

 

Be sure to visit the Best Ensemble Cast on Pinterest to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

 

This award is brand new to 2012 and came from the idea that sometimes you can’t choose just one person to nominate when a whole team of folks are doing their part.

 

 

Remember: you can nominate as many people as you like! We will be taking nominations until December 31, 2012. Then, after nominations are closed, the  judging panel will begin reviewing finalists and selecting winners throughout the month of January. Read more about the process on ourAwards FAQ page.

 

 

Today's #HAchat: Alternative and Natural Medicine

Conversations about alternative treatments and natural remedies come up occasionally in our community – but likely occur more often in your individual health communities. When it comes to feeling better – just about anything seems worth trying. But, as we know, miracle cures are easily peddled online – with little to no vetting – and this can be a real problem. How do you know what to trust? How do you know which practices are really worth integrating into your daily regimens and how can we work together across conditions to raise awareness about the positive effects that alternative and natural medicine and treatments?

 

Join us at 3pm (ET) today to discuss and listen along to a panel featuring Health Activists who dedicate their time to advocating for alternative and natural remedies. It should be a fascinating conversation! We hope you’ll join us. Tweet along here: http://tweetchat.com/room/HAchat

 

 

Nominate for: Advocating for Another 2012

It’s WEGO Health Activist Awards season! Let’s celebrate the amazing things that members of the online health community did in 2012. Here at WEGO Health, we’ll be sharing our favorite parts of Health Activism now til the end of the year – and we hope you’ll join us. A great (and easy) way to say “thanks” and recognize the hard work of an advocate you know  is by nominating them for an award!

 

Advocating for Another 2012

 

There lots of reasons why Health Activists get involved in advocacy – but this particular group of advocates have a special inspiration: their loved one. Though these advocates may not personally experience a chronic health condition, they tirelessly raise awareness and have an up-close-and-personal perspective that is invaluable. They are caregivers: children of, siblings of, parents of, significant others of, or friends of patients – who work hard to make the world better for patients like their loved one. Not only do they dedicate their time caring for someone in-person, they also support others in the online health community through their blogs, sites, and social media presences. They truly prove that caregivers and parents need to be at the table alongside patients when it comes to changing healthcare for the better.

 

Who is an advocate for another that you love and admire?

 

Nominate them for Advocating for Another in 2012!

Be sure to visit the Advocating for Another Board on Pinterest to see some of the folks who are already nominated! We’ll continue to tweet, Facebook, and email nominees throughout the next month.

Last year’s winner was: Scott Benner of Arden’s Day! Watch the video for this award from the 2011 Health Activist Awards.

 

 

Remember: you can nominate as many people as you like! We will be taking nominations until December 31, 2012. Then, after nominations are closed, the  judging panel will begin reviewing finalists and selecting winners throughout the month of January. Read more about the process on our Awards FAQ page.

 

 

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