6
Dec

Live From the Red Carpet-Day 2 of the #HAAwards!

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Listen to Day 2 of the #HAAwards podcast as Shane talks with our finalists for Best in Show: Community & Blog!

Be sure to listen to all of Shane’s podcasts here!


profile-picture-with-micShane Schulz is the Creator and Host of the Arisen Strength Motivational Podcast and the Founder of the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network. Using his experiences and strengths to help others who are more like him than different be More than the challenges they face!

5
Dec

Live From The Red Carpet!

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Join us live from the 5th WEGO Health Activist Awards red carpet!

 

Shane Schulz, the creator and host of the Arisen Strength Motivational Podcast and the founder of the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network will be interviewing our 2016 WEGO Health Activist Awards finalists all week long!

Each day Shane will be releasing an interview with the finalists for the award categories being announced that night.

These finalists are true leaders of their community and utilizing the online platform to get their voice heard! Be sure to tune in all week!

Check out the Day 1 #HAAwards Podcast now and be sure to go and listen to Shane’s other podcasts as well.

 


profile-picture-with-micShane Schulz is the Creator and Host of the Arisen Strength Motivational Podcast and the Founder of the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network. Using his experiences and strengths to help others who are more like him than different be More than the challenges they face!

23
Nov

#HAAwards Celebration Schedule Of Events

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Are you getting excited for the #HAAwards celebration?! Because we sure are!

Our Patient Leader network is straight up awesome.

Whether you’re cracking someone up, offering inspiration to keep fighting or offering support – you all have made an impact on another’s life. You all are creating change. And you all deserve to be celebrated!

Which is why we are bringing you a week jam packed with webinars, Twitter Chats, giveaways, podcasts and more December 5th-9th, 2016.

First things first, no you do not have to buy a ticket to Boston! (It’s snowing here, believe us you wouldn’t want too!) Our entire celebration is virtual, so you can join in anywhere around the globe.

Now, let’s get down to business:

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Kick-off! 

 Have you signed up for our Thunderclap  campaign? 9am EST on December 5th, all of our   Thunderclap supporters will shout from the      rooftops that our Awards celebration is kicking    off! If you haven’t added your support yet, do it  today!

 WEGO Health will be kicking off the celebration  with a Facebook Live video on Monday morning  at 10am EST. Be sure to join us to add where  your from and what you community you  advocate for. We love to give shoutouts to our  community members.

 Each day of the week, we will be focusing on a  different theme within the advocacy community.   To provide you with as many tips and tricks to  improve your advocacy. Throughout the day, we  will be sharing numerous resources, on our  social channels, that align with this theme. And  don’t miss the podcast interviews we’ll be  sharing on our feeds. Shane Shultz,  from  Speaking to the Heart Radio Network, has  graciously interviewed our finalists on his podcast. Each day we’ll be releasing these podcast episodes, so keep a close eye on our feeds for them!

 

laptop-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-imageImprove Your Advocacy Efforts With Industry Experts

You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a number of webinars, all illustrating ways to improve your advocacy efforts. We are happy to announce we have a variety of hosts within the industry, including marketing gurus and even representatives from the FDA. You must register for these webinars and space is limited! 

Day of the Week

Time (EST)

Host

Webinar Topic

Registration Link

Monday 12/5 3pm Missy Voronyak

Strength in Words: Finding your Blogspiration

Have you lost that blogging feeling? Join veteran blogger and social media pro Missy Voronyak for this webinar to reignite your passion for blogging! She’ll share inspiring stories of health advocacy bloggers making a difference and give you fresh, creative ways to approach your blog content to help you get un-stuck and back to inspiring others.

Register Here
Tuesday 12/6 3pm WEGO Julie & WEGO Kristen

Who is WEGO Health?

Learn our mission and all about the opportunities we have at WEGO Health for you.

Register Here
Wednesday 12/7 11am Marie Ennis-O’Connor

How to Rock Social Media

Do you want to grow your social media following? Are you looking to make an impact online? Then this webinar is for you.  In it you will learn platform power tips for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram including how to:
• Create and curate compelling content others will want to share
• Build better engagement with your followers
• Develop content and social media calendars
• Perfect your social media profiles
• Use scheduling tools to save time
• Design great graphics

Register Here
Thursday 12/8 3pm Andrea Furia-Helms & Steve Morin

How We Involve Patients and Advocates

This presentation will provide an overview of FDA’s Office of Health and Constituent Affairs, patient engagement milestones and programs, and opportunities for how patient advocates can get involved in FDA activities.

Register Here
Friday 12/9 11am WEGO David

Experts Demo

Don’t miss out on a demo of our new patient leader program, Experts.

Register Here

 

Join our Twitter Chat to Share Your Best Advice

imagesWe also invite you to join our daily Twitter Chats! Each chat will focus on that day’s theme and will feature the finalists of the award categories being announced that evening.  We encourage everyone to join the TwitterChat discuss and share their thoughts. Twitter Chats will be held daily at 1pm EST.  Jump on over to Twitter and use #HAChat.

 

Day of the Week

Time (EST)

#HAChat Topic

Monday 12/5 1pm Come join the finalists for Best in Show Twitter, Best in Show Instagram and Best in Show Youtube for a discussion surrounding different medium contents. Images, videos, written content – there are numerous ways to get your story out there. What’s the best one and what are tips to make them effective? Jump in and learn how to better utilize these platforms!
Tuesday 12/6 1pm Who better to help us lead a discussion on building community and engagement than the finalists for Best in Show Blog and Best in Show Community? What are go to strategies for engaging with your networks, what apps or tools can be utilized and what challenges are there when building online community? Join the discussion and take away advice for building a community and fostering engagement.
Wednesday 12/7 1pm What kind of content do you publish on your social channels? How do you decide what to post? How do you get around the Facebook algorithm? During this chat, we’ll be joined by the finalists from Best in Show Facebook and Best in Show Pinterest. In the end, let’s all improve our content engagement and show up more in people’s feeds!
Thursday 12/8 1pm Why did you start your online patient advocacy journey? We each have different angles and why’s behind what we started, but there is so much we can learn from each other’s journeys. Joined by Best Kept Secret, Hilarious Health Activists, and Advocating For Another finalists, we’ll be discussing the why’s behind your advocacy!
Friday 12/9 1pm Raise your hand if you believe sharing your story is important! We can definitely agree that sharing your patient/caregiver experience is exponentially helping others around the world. In this #HAchat, we’ll be joined by finalists in the Lifetime Achievement, Health Activists Hero, Best Team Performance, and Rookie Of The Year awards categories to discuss storytelling and patient advocacy.

 

Win Prizes!

present-clipart-2With so much going on, we want to give you credit for participating! The more you engage, the more chances you have to win prizes. And who doesn’t like free stuff?

We will be hosting a giveaway each day, with 2 big giveaways on Friday.

There are 4 ways to enter win:

  1. Fill out your public profile. In order to participate in awesome WEGO Health opportunities, we need to make sure we have your correct information. Complete a new profile, or update an existing profile, and we’ll give you TWO extra entries into the giveaway bucket! Click here to create or update your WEGO Health profile.
  2. Answer our discussion questions. Each day we will be blasting out a Discussion Question on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. These discussion questions will explore patient advocacy (we promise they’ll be fun!). Questions will be released daily at 7:30am and 12pm EST.  To be entered to win that day’s giveaway, you must submit your answers by 5pm EST.  Answers submitted after 5pm will be entered to win the big giveaways on Friday but will not be entered for that day’s prize.
  3. Attend a webinar. Yeah, this one is pretty awesome. Attend a webinar, learn tons of cool tricks and you’re automatically entered to win a prize. Winning!
  4. Attend a Twitter Chat. Another awesome way to win. Participate in the discussion during your lunch break and you’ll be entered to  win great prizes.

 

Let’s Meet Up In Real Life!

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This year, the WEGO Health Network team will be hosting the Awards week celebration from Pittsburgh, PA. During the week, Julie, Jackie and Kristen will be hosting a meetup for any local patient leaders. We’d love to be able to put face to a name!

Join us December 7th, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:00pm EST at Local Bar + Kitchen 1515 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. To learn more and to sign up to attend, click here!

 

And The Winner Is . . .

Join us daily on Facebook Live to see who wins each award! With 14 award categories, and 5 finalists in each, we have a lot of amazing Health Heroes to celebrate.screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-5-33-31-pm

And don’t forget about all of our nominees! We had close to 2000 nominees this year, each more inspiring than the next. Take a moment and scroll through these amazing patient leaders.

During these live feeds on the WEGO Health Facebook page, we’ll not only announce the award winners of that day, but we’ll announce the daily winner of our giveaway.

Day of the Week

Award Categories Announced

Time of  Winner Announcement (EST)

Monday 12/5

Best in Show Twitter

Best in Show Instagram

Best in Show Youtube

6pm
Tuesday 12/6

Best in Show Blog

Best in Show Community

6pm
Wednesday 12/7

Best in Show Facebook

Best in Show Pinterest

6pm
Thursday 12/8

Best Kept Secret

Hilarious Health Activists

Advocating For Another

6pm
Friday 12/9

Lifetime Achievement

Health Activists Hero

Best Team Performance

Rookie Of The Year

3pm


Come Celebrate The Patient Voice

Here at WEGO Health, we’re proud of each and every one of you. Make sure to come and participate in our virtual celebration in honor of each and every one of you.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Shoot us an email at awards@wegohealth.com.

We can’t wait to get this party started!

Together, we can be the positive change we want to see in healthcare.

7
Nov

Best in Show: Community/Forum Finalists


Announcing the finalists for the

2016 Best in Show: Community/Forum Award…..

 

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Who has created an amazing online community or threaded forum that houses important conversations about health? Through either their own site or an open 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.

Ronny Allan

Melissa Adams VanHouten

Spoonie Strong

Babble on Brooke

Jenni Grover Prokopy

2
Nov

And the votes are in…

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The WEGO Health team is overwhelmed by all the awesome nominees this year. Everyone, we mean EVERYONE, should be proud of their work.  Each of you are taking healthcare by storm and truly creating change.

Everyone’s voice, whether you have 5 followers or 5,000, is making an impact.  Together our voices make up the online health community. Here at WEGO Health, we strongly believe YOU are the future of healthcare!

We are very excited to announce this year’s finalists. So, without further ado…

Drum roll please……

 

Best in Show Community

Ronny Allan

Melissa Adams VanHouten

Spoonie Strong

Babble on Brooke

Jenni Grover Prokopy

 

Advocating for Another

Tory Aquino

RA Tray

Sharon Rose Nissley

STOP CAID NOW

The Voice of Lupus

 

Lifetime Achievement

David Lyons

Jane Colby

Alem Matthees

Christine Miserandino

Barby Ingle

 

Best in Show: Twitter

EndoHappy

Tom Kindlon

Hurt Blogger-Britt

HappyQuailPress

Tiffany Kairos

 

Hilarious Health Activist

Bag Lady Mama

HAW!

The Frey Life

Lindsey Hays

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Rookie of the Year

Clara Lemarr

Puja Rios

Amanda Siebe

Ross McCreery

Summer Scirocco

 

Health Activist Hero

Alem Matthees

Amanda Siebe

David Lyons

PCOSGURL

Jessica Gimeno

 

Best in Show: Youtube

Coopdizzle

Ken McKim

Wendy Lau

The Frey Life

Louise Glover

 

Best Kept Secret

Stephanie Aleite

April “Glitter Queen”

Tom Seaman

Molly Schreiber

Lisa Cypers Kamen

 

Best in Show: Instagram

Amy Lee Fisher

Samantha Reid

Renee Eastwood

The Headache Heroine

Chronically_Emily

 

Best in Show: Facebook

Clara Lemarr

Jenn Schoch

Carol Taylor

Sue Hitzmann

Aaron Blocker

 

Best in Show: Pinterest

The Headache Heroine

Heather Corini Aspell

Arielle Toth

Sara Ringer

Positivity in Pain

 

Best Team Performance

#GetYourBellyOut

Tina’s Place

Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support

International Pain Foundation

Multiple System Atrophy Coalition

 

Best in Show: Blog

Ronny Allan

Bob DeMarco

Puja Rios

David Susman

City Girl Flare

 

Get Ready For Our 2016 Health Activists Awards Week Celebration December 5 – 9th!

We hope you’ll join us for our 2016 #HAAwards  celebration because we have quite the week planned. We will be hosting webinars, giveaways, fun tips and of course announcing the 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award Winners! Stay tuned because we’ll be releasing the agenda for the week very soon.

Get ready for the celebration by supporting our Thunderclap campaign on Facebook!

We want everyone to be celebrating patient advocacy the first week of December. To help spread the word, we’re kicking off a Thunderclap campaign. Check it out, sign up and share it with networks. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and to our finalists! We are so grateful to be surrounded by such passionate and inspiring individuals. We’re looking forward to the winners being announced the first week of December!

 

15
Sep

I’m nominated…now what?!

 

Nominated and wondering what’s next? 

Complete these 5 simple tasks in order to become a finalist!

1. Spread the word of your nomination. Tweet it, post it, email it, blog it- let everyone know you’re a nominee for the 2016 WEGO Health Activist Awards. Yes, it’s your moment to shine so own it! Share your profile link on all your social channels to capture votes!

2. Download your endorsement badge

3. Send any pictures that demonstrate your advocacy in the last year to awards@wegohealth.com

5. Send us a video on what the #HAAwards mean to you. Cell phone videos work great- make sure to film landscape!

5. Complete the sentence “I am a health advocate because…” and send to awards@wegohealth.com

Now all you have to do is give yourself a huge pat on the back for your accomplishment. You’re changing lives- remember that!

If you have any questions, feel free to email awards@wegohealth.com.

14
Sep

How Do I Access My Endorsement Badge?

 

So you’re nominated but now the big question is:

HOW DO I GET VOTES?!

 

We’ve got you covered.

All you need to do is download your Endorsement Badge. You should post this badge on your website or blog to allow your followers to vote for you. You should definitely post to Facebook and tweet out your nominee profile link as well, that way followers can visit your profile and of course endorse you!

Ready to access your badge? Follow these simple steps and start capturing votes!

1.Go to the Health Activist Award Website

2.Login to nominee profile

3.Click “Get my badge” in the top banner. You can also click “Share My Profile” to share your profile to Facebook.

 

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4.Use the drop down menu to select the nomination you would like to create a badge for. Please note if you have been nominated for multiple categories, you only need to download one badge as all endorsements are allocated to each nomination category (but if you want to download one for each category, knock yourself out! You deserve to have a brag moment.)

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5.Copy the HTML Code in the white box at the bottom of the page.

6.Paste in blog. (Tip for WordPress users: Go to widgets create new text widget paste HTML code in box)

7.Tweet out your profile link and share your badge!
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Best of luck!

 

 

3
Apr

Announcing: WEGO Health Activist Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2nd Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards!

We’ll be doing features on each of our winners over the coming weeks but here’s a complete list – make sure to stop by and congratulate all of these great Health Activists:

 

Advocating for Another Award

Winner – Lori Sames from Hannah’s Hope Fund
watch a quick video about Lori here

 

Best Ensemble Cast Award

Winner – The International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM)
watch a quick video about IAAM here

 

Best in Show: Blog Award

Winner – Amy Medling from PCOS Diva
watch a quick video about PCOS Diva here

 

Best in Show: Community Award

Winner – Kids with Food Allergies Foundation (KFA)
watch a quick video about KFA here

 

Best in Show: Facebook Award

Winner – Christie Zink of irefuseeb.org
watch a quick video about Christie here

 

Best in Show: Twitter Award

Winner – Nicole McLean of  My Fabulous Boobies
watch a quick video about Nicole here

 

Best in Show: Video Award

Winner – Nikki Tyler Defruscio of Pumpwear
watch a quick video about Nikki and Pumpwear

 

Best Kept Secret Award

Winner – Susan Urell from Molartron
watch a quick video about Molartron here

 

Health Activist Hero

Winner – Katherine Stone from Postpartum Progress
watch a quick video about Katherine here

 

Hilarious Health Activist Award

Winner – Chato B. Stewart from Mental Health Humor
watch a quick video about Chato here

 

Mr/Ms Congeniality Award

Winner – Barby Ingle from Power of Pain
watch a quick video about Barby here

 

Paperboy Award

Winner – Carrie Arnold from ED Bites
watch  a quick video about Carrie here

 

Rookie of the Year Award

Winner – Rebecca Black from Pretty Lil Celiac
watch a quick video about Rebecca here

 

Silver Stethoscope Award

Winner – Heather Swift from The Other Side of the Stethoscope
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watch a quick video about Heather here

 

Trailblazer Award

Winner – Aaron Laxton from My HIV Journey
watch a quick video about Aaron here

 

Unsung Hero Award

Winner – Janie Bowthorpe of Stop the Thyroid Madness
watch a quick video about Janie here

 


4
Dec

Nominate for: Best Kept Secret 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!

 

Best Kept Secret Award 2012


The internet is a vast place, making it near impossible to find all of the amazing content that exists. But other Health Activists often have the best recommendations – so which Health Activist would you recommend that everyone follow? Who is a hidden gem who creates great content and deserves the spotlight? Who deserves double the readership because they are doing great things as an advocate? Help us uncover the best kept secret of the online health space! They may become too busy to chat with you- but others will benefit from their contributions and will think fondly of you for spreading the word.

Who do you want other Health Activists to know, follow, and love?

Nominate them for Best Kept Secret!

 

Be sure to visit the Best Kept Secret – 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 Kept Secret 2011 award went to Heidi Skiba of Ostomy OutdoorsWatch her Award announcement video here.

 

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.

 

 

28
Nov

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.