Since I started blogging, I have been inspired by so many amazing Health Activists. What is a Heath Activist? WEGO Health defines them here:
Health Activists are online leaders who work daily to improve the way people talk and think about health – active in multiple communities, passionate about health causes, dedicated to finding the best information, and relentless in their commitment to helping others. They also use every tool possible to lead their communities, especially through social media.
When I learned about this cool upcoming program for recognizing some of them, I knew that you would want to hear about it too!
In December, the online health community and WEGO Health will be celebrating all the awesome achievements made in health leadership and patient advocacy in 2011! WEGO Health, a different kind of social media company dedicated to empowering Health Activists, has just launched the first-ever Health Activist Awards program, to recognize Health Activists (both new and established) for all of their great work over the course of the year.
You can get involved by nominating your favorite Health Activists by sharing what has inspired you, moved you, and made a difference in the online health community. I have already nominated some of my favorite Health Activists and I hope you’ll take some time to recognize your favorites too.
There are 10 different awards. I am sharing them here so that you can start thinking about those who have inspired you in each of these categories.
Rookie of the Year - The Health Activist who came on the scene in 2011 but has inspired the entire community.
Best in Show - This Health Activist dominates a particular platform and is a great model for taking it to the next level. Nominate!
Paperboy Award - The Health Activist who always brings you the latest and greatest news and research.
Health Activist Hero - Who has changed your life? Recognize the Health Activist who has made a significant impact on you.
Advocating for Another (Best Parent or Caregiver) - Award the dedication of someone who raises awareness for the condition of someone they love.
TMI Award (Too Much Information!) - This Health Activist always goes there - no matter how personal or embarassing the story.
Hilarious Health Activist - You swear you're at a comedy show. This Health Activist brings the funny with the advocacy.
Offline Crusader - This Health Activist did amazing things offline this year. Tell us about your favorite.
Best Affirmation Post - Recognize the best single post that explains, outlines, or affirms the Health Activist mission.
Best Kept Secret - Help us find the hidden gem of the Health Activist world - and share them.
You can check out WEGO Health’s Health Activist Awards 2011 homepage to nominate your favorites, as well as information on how to join the Health Activists Awards Jury to help select the Award winners, and to find out what Health Activists will win if they’re chosen.
Together, let's celebrate the Health Activists that have made the biggest difference 2011.