Congratulations to the Patient Leaders nominated for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards! 

Each year we are in awe of the nominees for the WEGO Health Awards and this year was no different! We’re honored to meet so many new faces and can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments. If you haven’t checked out all the fabulous nominees yet, we seriously urge you to check them out!

Honestly…they’re incredible. Get inspired, get emotional, get fired up- the nominee directory is full of admirable individuals with powerful stories. You’ll quickly realize why they are a nominee!

As we head into the endorsement phase, we wanted to share some important notes to help you be the most successful in this process.

 

Endorsements

July 9th – August 17th

Endorsements are now open for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards! Endorsements are a way to give nominees a visual show of support. You can think of endorsements like voting. It allows us to bring a “People’s Choice” aspect into the WEGO Health Awards.

The three nominees in each WEGO Health Award category with the highest number of endorsements automatically become finalists. So make sure your readers/followers know to endorse you – tweet it, post it, email it, blog it- just get it out there (and make sure to tag us, nothing makes us happier than some social media love).

 

There are 2 easy ways that an individual can endorse you:

  1. First, they can navigate to your nominee profile on the WEGO Health Awards site. Under your picture on the right-hand side of the page will be an “endorse” button. Clicking this button will submit an endorsement.2. Or, they can endorse you through your WEGO Health Awards endorsement badge. We’ve created a badge for you to easily put on your website or blog. This will allow your followers to endorse you without ever having to leave your site! To learn more about this badge, please read “Accessing Your WEGO Health Awards Badge” in our endorsement kit.

 

Please note, endorsements are not the only way to become a finalist.

The finalists are selected in one of two ways.

First, the top three endorsed nominees within a WEGO Health Award category automatically move on as a finalist. However,  the subsequent two finalists are selected by our judging panelists. These finalists will be selected based on their relevance to that particular award and the information provided in a nominee’s profile. 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.

The five finalists within each category and the winner will be presented during our virtual WEGO Health Awards Ceremony September 26-28th, 2018.  Each of the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will then be invited to be honored at an in-person celebration dinner co-hosted by the Society of Participatory Medicine at the Connected Health Conference in October.

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 network 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 WEGO Health 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.

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. This occurs within the first round of our judging process.

Nominees, we hope you’ve taken the time to pat yourself on the back.

Someone from your community has nominated you to thank and recognize you for your positive impact in their lives. On behalf of your community and the entire team here at WEGO Health, we seriously thank you for your continued efforts in the online health community. Your support and encouragement empowers far more individuals than you realize! Cheers to you!

Be sure to download your free Endorsement Kit for more graphics, posts & ideas to get involved with the #WEGOHealthAwards.

 

Still have some Patient Leaders to recognize? Don’t worry, nominations will remain open until August 17th, 2018.

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